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October 2, 2006 Issue

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  • Editorial

    Bush’s Selective Perception

    President Bush’s address to the UN General Assembly was less disdainful than earlier speeches, but it shined a light on the President’s willful blindness to the complexity of the problems facing the Mideast and the world.

    Ian Williams

  • The UN After Lebanon

    The UN’s mixed record on the war in Lebanon proves we should lower our expectations of what it can meaningfully achieve.

    Richard Falk

  • CA Leads on Climate

    California’s global warming initiative shows how far ahead the state is compared with the federal government. But it also reveals how America lags behind the rest of the world.

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • No Clear Antiwar Signal

    Anyone looking for a signal from the primaries that Democrats will be a clear antiwar party didn’t get it.

    John Nichols

  • A Scandal If Not a Crime

    The White House behaved unethically by exposing Valerie Plame’s identity. Escaping prosecution is not the same as escaping judgment.

    The Editors

  • Lawless ‘Compromises’

    Prime midyear election issues: Torture and eavesdropping are illegal. We are a nation founded on the rule of law.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Short Takes

    Reviews of Half of a Yellow Sun, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and The City Is a Rising Tide.

    Fatin Abbas and Christine Smallwood

  • As If I Had Become Happy

    As if I had become happy: I went back. I pressed
    the doorbell more than once, and waited…
    (perhaps I am late. No one is opening the door, not
    a groan in the hallway).

    Mahmoud Darwish

  • Unnatural Disaster

    Three new books reappraise the massive earthquake of 1906, which was felt across an area of 400,000 miles and leveled much of San Francisco.

    Ari Kelman

  • The Lives They Led

    Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children is a superb comedy of manners, a richly tragicomic view of three thirtysomething Ivy Leaguers in the days leading up to 9/11.

    Kate Levin

  • The Illusionist

    Alexander Stille’s The Sack of Rome explores how Silvio Berlusconi subverted Italy’s government, history and culture.

    Tobias Jones

  • Music of My Mind

    John Gennari’s Blowin’ Hot and Cool looks at the intimate but fractious relationship between jazz luminaries and their critics.

    David Yaffe

  • Lying About 9/11? Easy as ABC

    Why did the network humiliate its news division, ignore historians and insult Americans with a 9/11 docudrama that it knew was a tissue of lies?

    Eric Alterman

  • A Klatch of Civilizations

    As Survivor races to the bottom by dividing this season’s contenders into race-based tribes, perhaps we can look to Starbucks for new models of how to blend in.

    Patricia J. Williams
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