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November 20, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels with apologies to Norman Rockwell

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  • Feature

    Democracy Worked for SD Abortion Vote

    The electoral process worked for pro-choice advocates in South Dakota, overturning an abortion ban with a grassroots appeal to keep the government out of citizens’ personal lives.

    Liza Featherstone

  • Lost in Connecticut

    Joe Lieberman won an idiosyncratic victory. He holds his seat despite his relentless support for Iraq, rather than because of it.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Bush Crony to Head UN’s Food Program

    John Bolton’s surprise announcement that a former Washington Times editor will head the UN’s World Food Program bodes ill for the idea that competence is more important than political loyalty.

    Ian Williams

  • The Return of Daniel Ortega

    Despite Daniel Ortega’s many flaws, the return of the Sandinistas to power creates the possibility that his challenge to the “savage capitalism” of the previous regime can genuinely benefit Nicaragua’s poor.

    Mark Engler

  • The T-Shirt Wars

    Demonstrators wearing a controversial T-shirt tested the limits of free expression on the Staten Island Ferry.

    Ali Winston

  • Que Pasa en Oaxaca?

    A virtual state of siege prevails in Oaxaca, where military police have occupied the central square, clearing barricades and detaining scores of activists.

    Michael McCaughan

  • Memo to Kerry: Criticize, Don’t Apologize

    John Kerry should stop being nice about the Deserter in Chief. He should be reminding voters that the President who has sent more than 3,000 US soldiers and allies and untold thousands of Iraqis to their deaths deserted his post during the Vietnam War.

    Ian Williams

  • The Gutting of the Civil Service

    The Bush Administration has so politicized government agencies that an entire culture of civil service professionals is being replaced by conservative political operatives loyal only to the White House.

    Dan Zegart

  • What’s Left of Reform

    As Iran and the United States trade insults and America presses for Iranians to rise up, educators, students and women’s rights groups may pay the greatest cost.

    Negar Azimi

  • The Case for Engagement

    If US officials stopped their saber-rattling over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and began to negotiate directly, they would have an eye-opening experience.

    Scott Ritter

  • Editorial

    Questionable Verdict

    Even the most naive American voter cannot be expected to see the morally, legally and politically questionable death sentence given to Saddam Hussein a milestone in the Bush Administration’s illegal war in Iraq. As the milestones pile up, so do the bodies.

    Richard Falk

  • The Baker Report, Leaked!

    Stay the course? Cut and run? Cut the crap? What will former Secretary of State James A. Baker III propose after the midterm elections, when the bipartisan Iraq Study Group reveals new scenarios to end the Iraq debacle?

    Evan Eisenberg

  • The Tao of Borat

    What are we laughing at when we laugh at Borat?

    Richard Goldstein

  • War Criminals, Beware

    Human rights advocates are pressing German courts to prosecute Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other Bush Administration officials for war crimes. They just might succeed.

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • The ‘Off-Year Primary’

    As presidential hopefuls from both parties press their advantage on the platform of the 2006 midterm election, the winners are…

    John Nichols

  • Bring Democracy Home

    To repair our broken voting system, declare Election Day a holiday, establish national election standards and require reliable voting machines and a paper trail.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • Books & the Arts

    The Tracks of My Tears

    Penelope Cruz shines in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver; James Longley’s Iraq in Fragments is a repository of small truths.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Down by Law

    Todd Snider has a songwriter’s flair for the absurd–and he’s morphed from a barroom wiseacre to a keen observer of life at the workaday fringes of Bush’s America.

    K. Leander Williams

  • In God’s Country

    The secular left should think twice before casting religious people as its foes. After all, alienating potential allies and confining ourselves to a small sect of like-minded believers is what fundamentalism is all about.

    Eyal Press
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