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October 9, 2006 Issue

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  • Feature

    With the Party of Dobson

    At the unofficial GOP midterm convention, Focus on the Family delivered election-day marching orders to the faithful, praising GOP hopefuls and hurling jeremiads against liberals, “faggots” and Fallujans.

    Max Blumenthal

  • War Signals?

    As a strike group of six US Naval vessels prepares to deploy to the Persian Gulf, wary critics of the Bush Administration and some members of the military are raising flags that an “October surprise” attack on Iran may be imminent. Others are skeptical.

    Dave Lindorff

  • Fidel Lives

    Few Americans, especially those in government, know much about Cuba. And nowhere is that more evident than in the coverage of Fidel Castro’s illness and the transition of power.

    Ned Sublette

  • Hell of a Times

    A nasty succession battle is brewing at the conservative Washington Times, its newsroom abuzz with allegations of racism, sexism and unprofessional conduct.

    Max Blumenthal

  • Editorial

    Get Me Rewrite

    Bill Clinton maintains that the mainstream media has misrepresented his record on fighting terror. But it will take a generation to meaningfully assess his effectiveness.

    Mark Updegrove

  • Torture is a Moral Issue

    Will we be a nation that abides by our own Constitution and upholds international law? Or will we become a nation that punishes those who follow the orders while exonerating those who give them?

    The Nation

  • The Pope’s Monopoly on Reason

    Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial speech is indeed a call for dialogue among all religions. But what kind of dialogue is possible if the Pope believes his ideas are “rational” and everyone else’s are not?

    Tarif Khalidi and Muhammad Ali Khalidi

  • Rewriting the Sixties

    Decency is a subjective perception. And so arbitrary.

    Paul Krassner

  • Spanish Justice

    The courts of Spain have already tried human rights violators from Chile and Argentina. Those responsible for torturing, imprisoning and killing 200,000 Mayans during Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil war may be next.

    Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend

  • Driving While Muslim

    As the hunt for homegrown terrorists sympathetic to Hezbollah intensifies, the Muslims of Dearborn, Michigan are losing their trust in American justice.

    Spencer Ackerman

  • The Growing Wage Gap

    A winning economic strategy for Democrats: Push for realistic policies to relieve workers’ frustrations, rebuild their damaged confidence and improve lifetime security.

    Jeff Madrick

  • Déjà Vu on Iran?

    The Bush Administration is trying to use flawed intelligence to whip up public support for military action against Iran. Can they get away with this again?

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Screamin’ at the Machine

    We should be cheering at sports events and screaming at politicians. But these days, it’s vice versa. Now that ESPN’s Screamin’ Stephen A. Smith is acting like a pundit, things could change.

    Dave Zirin

  • Dead Flowers

    Reviews of Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Father Knows Best

    Have you attacked the Founding Fathers lately? Know anyone who has? Gordon Wood knows you’re out there, on a campaign to dehumanize Washington, Jefferson and their peers.

    Nicholas Guyatt

  • Science Fiction

    Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker speaks volumes about neuroscience, nature and environmental degradation. But it says little about what it means to be alive.

    William Deresiewicz

  • Laundry

    Our cat, who’s over nineteen, likes to sleep
    on the massed softness of a pile of shirts,
    two, three, four, flung on the floor
    but soon to be gathered up

    Rachel Hadas
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