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October 30, 2006 Issue

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  • Editorial

    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.

    Maria Margaronis

  • 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 bullet against global economic injustice. But it’s not that simple.

    Walden Bello

  • 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 election.

    Nomi Prins

  • 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.

    Arno Mayer

  • Anna Politkovskaya

    The killing of Anna Politkovskaya has rallied her journalistic colleagues and fellow citizens in a way few other recent events have.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • 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 unilateralism.

    Ian Williams

  • 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. Labor plans to fight back.

    The Editors

  • Shock Waves From Kilju

    A forgetful world was reminded this week that Kim Jong Il now holds in his hand the same pitiless weapon possessed by a growing number of nations.

    Jonathan Schell

  • 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.

    Herman Schwartz

  • 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.

    Roane Carey

  • Whose Art Is It Anyway?

    Two books on art controversies and arts funding in America explore how and when taxpayer money can be used to support public art.

    Peter Plagens
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