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October 30, 2006 Issue

The Editors skewer new Labor Department rules, Peter Plagens considers the limits of public art, William D. Hartung argues for a new securit…

Cover art by: Cover photograph by Christian Parenti, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Pamuk’s Prize

If Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk is a political writer, it is by virtue of his sympathy for what is old and faded, for what no longer matters, or what never did.

Microcredit, Macro Issues

The Swedish Academy bestowed this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit. It's easy to believe Yunus's low-interest loans to the poor are a silver b...

Greasing the Skids

OK, market forces control oil prices. But market forces--with a lot of push from Republicans--are driving down the price of gas. And you can be sure they'll rise again after the el...

Israel’s Cassandra

If Israel is to fulfill the Zionist vision of being a state like any other, it must take responsibility for the ever-more explosive Middle East.

Ban’s First Challenge?

South Korea's quiet-spoken and principled Ban Ki-moon, who has just been nominated to replace Kofi Annan as the UN Secretary General, may find it difficult to confront US unilatera...

Bush Busts Unions

Bush's NLRB has redefined what it means to be a supervisor, and as a result some 8 million healthcare, construction and manufacturing workers no longer have the right to organize. ...


No ‘Comments’

How can the MSM maintain they hold themselves to higher standards than the Drudge-driven political blogosphere when they ape its most irresponsible practices?



A Devil’s Bargain

The United States may well have its way and exclude Venezuela from the UN Security Council, in retribution for Hugo Chávez's diabolical roast of George W. Bush. But doesn't ...

Google, YouTube and You

The Google/YouTube merger is not just a big media deal: It's the leading edge of a data-driven marketing system that will follow our every move and immerse us in interactive market...

Pelosi’s Moment

If Democrats take control of the House, they could revitalize national politics by convincing reluctant senators and presidential candidates to embrace a more progressive agenda.

Taliban Rising

If the corruption of Karzai's government is Afghanistan's new cancer, then the Taliban are increasingly seen as chemotherapy: an unpleasant but necessary remedy.

Books & the Arts

Legal Legacy

Four new books explore the impact of Bush appointees on the newly politicized Supreme Court and the power they wield over our public and private lives.

My Friend, the Enemy

Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree is a novelistic account of two intertwined lives, one Palestinian and one Jewish, and a house with two histories.

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