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November 28, 2005 Issue

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  • Feature

    The ‘No Exit’ Strategy

    Most Americans want immediate action to pull out of Iraq, but Senate Republicans passed a measure today that essentially lets the White House off the hook.

    Ari Berman

  • SOA Protests to Focus on Torture

    As demonstrators gather at Fort Benning, Georgia, this weekend for an annual protest against the School of the Americas, the spotlight will be on increasing dismay in Congress and among the American public over the Bush Administration’s policies on torture.

    Patrick Mulvaney

  • An E-Cycling Nightmare

    E-cycling used computers to the Third World may sound idealistic, but in reality it’s just a new way to dump toxic waste.

    Emily Lodish

  • War of Words in France

    As media attention focused on rampaging youths setting afire the poor suburbs of France, verbal conflagrations raged among politicians and elected officials on how to respond to the threat.

    Françoise Mouly

  • The Disappearing Flu Vaccine

    Flu vaccine is in short supply this season, and the reason is that drug companies can’t make as much money protecting us from disease as from developing expensive treatments for niche illnesses.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Right to Trial Imperiled by Senate Vote

    Civil libertarians were stunned last week when the Senate approved a measure that would allow government officials to essentially bypass the courts and lock up people suspected of terrorism without trial. Will cooler heads prevail?

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • What Would Alito Do?

    If Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, his impact on limiting reproductive rights would be certain and swift, due to his record and to two key abortion rights cases making their way to the Supreme Court.

    Sharon Lerner

  • Darwin on Trial

    As the site of a trial on including intelligent design in biology textbooks, Dover, Pennsylvania, is a focal point of a national debate on science and religion. But a look at the town and its residents show that the battle may not be so clearly defined.

    Eyal Press

  • Cornbread and Roses

    With his campaign to eradicate poverty in America, John Edwards has shed his Clinton Lite image. But to truly redefine the Democratic party and win the 2008 presidency, he has a long way to go.

    Bob Moser

  • Students Confront Sweatshops

    With a new wave of activism against sweatshops sweeping college campuses, student interest in the morality of their clothing choices can set a standard for the rest of us.

    Peter Dreier and Richard Appelbaum

  • Why Is France Burning?

    Fires and rioting in France are the result of thirty years of government neglect and the failure of the French political classes to make any serious effort to integrate Muslim and black populations into the French economy and culture.

    Doug Ireland

  • Germ Boys and Yes Men

    Stewart Simonson is a former Amtrak corporate attorney with zero medical experience. So why is he in charge of emergency health and bioterrorism in the federal government?

    Jeremy Scahill

  • Editorial

    Support Our Troops

    It’s easy to slap a magnet on your SUV and feel like you’re supporting American soldiers fighting a brutal, far-off war. But the way to really support them is to work to extricate us from the conflict.

    Medea Benjamin and Gayle Brandeis

  • Majority/Minority

    Joe Biden buoys up Samuel Alito’s nomination by tamping down speculation of a filibuster. But California’s George Miller convinced the President to revoke an executive order that would undermine prevailing Gulf Coast wages.

    David Sirota

  • In Fact…


    The Editors

  • Letter From the (Outgoing) Publisher

    As Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel becomes the latest in a long line of publisher/owners of The Nation, Victor Navasky looks ahead to his new role as publisher emeritus and member of the magazine’s editorial board.

    Victor Navasky

  • Arnold Show: Canceled

    Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar’s “referendum revolution,” Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the governor’s re-election bid next year.

    Marc Cooper

  • Yes, Virginia…

    Democratic gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey gave the lie to the GOP contention that “conservatism is on the march.” But infighting among Dems doomed electoral reform in Ohio, gay marriage is still illegal in Texas and there’s a long way to go to mid-year elections.

    John Nichols

  • The Delphi Oracle

    The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers. Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of jobs and income.

    The Editors

  • Democrats and the War

    In 2005, The Nation declared it would only support candidates who made a speedy end to this war a major campaign issue.

    The Editors

  • Column

    The Big Lie Technique

    As President Bush denounces his critics and proclaims war without end in Iraq the central front in a new cold war, he fails to acknowledge that he is responsible for handing Al Qaeda a new home base.

    Robert Scheer

  • The World According to Dowd

    Maureen Dowd has done her best to declare feminism dead. But by insisting that men are scared of spunky successful women, it doesn’t occur to her that she is promoting, rather than reporting on, the problem she describes.

    Katha Pollitt

  • First the Lying, Then the Pardon

    Shades of Iran/contra: Since the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Washington is abuzz about presidential pardons. If officials who violate the law and lie about it know with certainty the will escape legal sanction, we no longer have a government.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • Another Lesson in White House Values

    We’ve got our values and we know goodness, but we hate only certain kinds of sin.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books & the Arts

    From Beirut to Damascus

    Four works trace the intertwined history of Lebanon and Syria and the interplay of political radicalism, military strength and miseries of war and murderous political intrigue.

    Charles Glass

  • Postcards From the Abyss

    Anthony Shadid’s Night Draws Near is a moving account of life in Iraq before and after the US occupation. Liberal hawk George Packer’s The Assasins’ Gate delves into the history behind humanitarian intervention.

    Chris Toensing

  • The World According to Dowd

    Maureen Dowd has done her best to declare feminism dead. But by insisting that men are scared of spunky successful women, it doesn’t occur to her that she is promoting, rather than reporting on, the problem she describes.

    Katha Pollitt
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