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September 11, 2006 Issue

Liza Featherstone looks at Wal-Mart’s plan to go organic; Anna Lappé does lunch at school; Matthew DeBord reviews food books by…

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Dorothy Healey

An appreciation of one of the last members of the left's "greatest generation," known for her physical courage, warmth and intelligence, who spent a lifetime arguing e...

Cedar Devolution

The UN cease-fire in Lebanon demands the impossible: a Lebanese state capable of both disarming Hezbollah and protecting the south from renewed Israeli attacks.

Fallout in Israel

Israel's war with Hezbollah may have strengthened the hand of the Israeli right, which has forgotten that peace comes only by negotiating with those you do not trust.

Debating Security

The alleged British terror plot contrasts with the fruits of Bush's "war on terror": civil war in Iraq, an empowered Iran and Arab hatred. Let us instead seek security through dipl...



Four-Star Food Favorites

No sooner had we pressed "send" on an e-mail inviting readers to tell us about their most beloved food institutions than enthusiastic submissions began to pour in from all o...


Lebanon: Resolve in the Ruins

As people in Southern Lebanon return to claim the dead and clear the rubble from villages ravaged in the recent fighting, it is clear that the battle for hearts and minds is being ...

Pay To Be Saved

Unless something changes soon, New Orleans will prove to be a glimpse of a dystopic future, a future of disaster apartheid in which the wealthy are saved and everyone else is left ...

Kitchen Stories

As chroniclers of the secret, unexpected, below-the-radar places Americans prepare and consume their meals, NPR's Kitchen Sisters discovered their microphone has become a kind of s...

A World Unmoored by War

The United States now spends more in Iraq in a month that the entire world spends on fighting AIDS in a year. Have we reached the point where the terror of AIDS is no match for the...

War Eclipses Gay Pride

Organizers had hoped the second World Pride conference in Jerusalem would challenge religious bias against gays. But the unfolding war in Lebanon got in the way.

Angrily Awaiting a Messiah

In Mexico City and beyond, tensions are rising between government security forces and thousands of impoverished supporters of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a restive c...

How Harlem Eats

Urban restaurateurs, activists and consumers are seeking "food justice," insisting that healthy food shouldn't be a privilege for the wealthy and white.

Edible NOLA

A new charter school is embracing "eco-gastronomy"--a holistic curriculum based around food--hoping "to renew New Orleans one okra plant and one child at a time."

Doing Lunch

Ann Cooper, gourmet chef turned healthy school food advocate, talks about becoming a "lunch lady" and what it takes to reform our children's cafeterias.

Mean or Green?

Wal-Mart is serious about bringing organic food to the masses, but transportation costs and the retail giant's aggressive competitive ways could end up hurting small farms and the ...

Hog Hell

Low wages, segregation and dangerous working conditions in a North Carolina factory reveal a meatpacking industry where labor laws no longer matter.

Hard Labor

The organic label means your food is pesticide-free, but an investigation into California farms reveals that the label means nothing but pain for the workers who produced it.

Slow Food Nation

Fast food is killing us--our environment, our politics and our culture. To change who we are as a nation, we must first change how we eat.

Books & the Arts

Eat Drink Man Woman

Three new books by Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain and Bill Buford chart the evolution of American cooking, from haute cuisine to the hot kitchen of Mario Batali.

A Sort of Homecoming

"The spell of Africa is upon me," wrote W.E.B. Du Bois in Liberia. Three new books document the enchantment and disenchantment of the continent for its descendants.

Virtual Catastrophe

World Trade Center's hero is a tough ex-Marine who later re-enlists to fight in Iraq. But his (and Oliver Stone's) redemption narrative is soured by bad faith.

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