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September 18, 2006 Issue

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  • Feature

    In Mexico, a Class War Looms

    The confirmation of Felipe Calderón’s electoral victory signals the end of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s three-year struggle for the presidency and the beginning of a new phase of organized resistance.

    John Ross

  • What Valerie Plame Really Did at the CIA

    Valerie Plame was no mere analyst or paper-pusher at the CIA. She was an operations officer working on a top priority of the Bush Administration: searching out intelligence on Iraq’s weapon’s of mass destruction.

    David Corn

  • Senate Vote Advances President’s Effort to Kill War Crimes Act

    The 109th Congress, led by Republican Senators McCain, Warner, and Graham and with the acquiescence of many Democrats, is poised to legalize torture, trials with secret evidence, and annulment of the right of habeas corpus

    Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

  • Rocky Anderson, Folk Hero?

    Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson’s cachet is growing in the wake of a stem-winding speech in which he called the President to account for lies and ineptitude in Irag, castigated a complaisant media and assailed the electorate for passively consuming government lies.

    Sasha Abramsky

  • Undone by Neoliberalism

    Before the storm, neoliberalism shaped the social and economic inequities of New Orleans; after Hurricane Katrina, it worsened them by making government the tool of corporations and investors.

    Adolph Reed Jr.

  • Don’t Mourn, Link

    After the storm hit, the Internet was one of the few reliable sources of information for New Orleans. A year later, it remains a critical tool for citizens’ participation in their city’s reconstruction.

    Michael Tisserand

  • Grassroots Gumbo

    Activists and residents are struggling to protect New Orleans’s devastated low-income neighborhoods from developers’ vision of a “smaller footprint” for the city.

    Chris Kromm

  • New Orleans Forsaken

    One year later, how will we come to terms with what happened when Hurricane Katrina washed up the disenfranchised most people, including the President, have tried to forget?

    Gary Younge

  • Linking to New Orleans

    As New Orleans rebuilds, so does its Internet community. Here’s a list of the Big Easy’s liveliest sites.

    Michael Tisserand

  • Editorial

    Challenging the Culture of Obedience

    Through lies, ineptitude and immoral policies, the Bush Administration has led the nation to the brink of disaster, ruined our reputation and sowed hatred that will take generations to uproot. I

    Ross C. Anderson

  • No Rx in Massachusetts

    If it becomes a national model, a new, highly touted health insurance law in Massachusetts would make American healthcare, already on life support, take a turn for the worse.

    Trudy Lieberman

  • Tavis Smiley’s Covenant

    Journalist, activist, philanthropist and self-promoter, Tavis Smiley has the political clout and the ability to energize and educate the black community in the best tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Amy Alexander

  • Israel Lobby Watch

    The Human Rights Watch reports that were sharply critical of Israel’s killing of civilians in Lebanon represent the latest battle for Jewish hearts and minds in the ideological war over the Middle East.

    Philip Weiss

  • Antiwar Primaries

    Key primary races in Maryland, Rhode Island and even New York are making the Iraq War what it should be in every 2006 political contest: the central issue.

    John Nichols

  • Katrina One Year After

    Great tragedies call for visionary leadership. This is the moment for progressives to summon the guts to forge a compelling message not just about what’s come apart in America, but how to pull us back together.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    Naguib Mahfouz: An Appreciation

    Egypt has been deprived of its greatest living writer, and the world has lost one of its most humane literary figures.

    Laila Lalami

  • The Chinese Evolution

    Three new books on China invite the West to give up simplistic dreams and nightmares and come to terms with a complex and rapidly evolving authoritarian state.

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom

  • Poetry, From Noun to Verb

    Nathaniel Mackey’s most recent collection of subtle, intricate poetry weaves images from Arab and African diasporas with a contemporary sense of dislocation.

    John Palattella

  • Let’s Dance

    In Tango: The Art History of Love, Robert Thompson traces the dance’s roots in Afro-Argentine history. Tomas Eloy Martínez’s The Tango Singer appropriates its music to explore the recent past.

    Marina Harss

  • Five Poems by Ko Un

    Two beggars
    sharing a meal of the food they’ve been given

    The new moon shines intensely


    The Nation

  • Writers From the Other Asia

    Four new books explore Korea’s cold war hangover and the indelible mark left by its North-South division.

    John Feffer

  • Tavis Smiley’s Covenant

    Journalist, activist, philanthropist and self-promoter, Tavis Smiley has the political clout and the ability to energize and educate the black community in the best tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Amy Alexander
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