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October 21, 2002 Issue

  • Editorials

    Opening to Cuba

    "I am here in the hope that we can do business," Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told a Cuban audience after cutting the ceremonial ribbon with Fidel Castro to open the recent US Food and Agri

    Peter Kornbluh

  • In Fact…


    the Editors

  • Guns, No Butter

    Democrats have rightly gone ballistic over the cynical White House efforts to use Iraq to change the subject of the fall elections.

    the Editors

  • After Torricelli

    Democrats in Washington and New Jersey sighed with relief when scandal-plagued Senator Robert Torricelli ended a doomed run for a second term.

    John Nichols

  • Blair, the Go-Between

    When Tony Blair rose to address a packed House of Commons on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Albert Finney had just won an Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in The

    Maria Margaronis

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  • Columns

    Truth on Iraq Seeps Through

    In a speech intended to frighten the American people into supporting a war, the President Monday again trotted out his grim depiction of Saddam Hussein as a terrifying boogeyman haunting the worl

    Robert Scheer

  • Al Gore, democrat

    Something about Al Gore brings out the worst in people, and nowhere is this truer than in the so-called "liberal media." Journalists' "default" position on Gore, Joe Klein notes, is "ridicule.

    Eric Alterman

  • Exit Robert (The Torch) Torricelli

    The Torch could not make folks forget
    The graft for which he's cited.
    The only slogan left to use
    Was "Never been indicted."

    Calvin Trillin

  • October Surprises

    October surprises are built into our system, since elections come in November. Cliffhanger movies in Hollywood's old days could not have staged it better.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • But Fear Itself

    It's a scary little world right now. Such wars of careless words. Such panic on every breeze. If Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, we have let bloom a thousand words for fear.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • Books and the Arts

  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Although he does not record CDs, Robin Kelley may well be the hippest intellectual in the land. There is plenty of substance to ground the style.

    Jason Sokol

  • Pemberly

    The park was very large. We drove
    for some time through a beautiful wood
    until the wood ceased, and the house came into view.

    Rachel Wetzsteon

  • What Are They Reading?

    After I saw In the Bedroom, Todd Field's moving film based on Andre Dubus's short story "Killings," I was delighted when a slim volume of Dubus's stories arrived here at The Nation.

    Hillary Frey

  • Graham Greene, Roll Over

    A few months ago, novelist Alan Furst, in one of those New York Times "Writers on Writing" pieces, told how, on a magazine assignment to the Soviet Union back in 1983, he suddenly discov

    Peter Schrag

  • Of Jazz and Brave Ulysses

    Near the end of Jazz Modernism, Alfred Appel Jr.

    David Yaffe

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