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September 25, 2006 Issue

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  • Editorial

    A Passion for Pluto

    Pluto’s demotion from a planet to a dwarf isn’t the work of mean-spirited Grinches. It is a necessary part of the same process that got Pluto discovered in the first place.

    Marla Geha

  • The Real Tragedy

    Five years after the attack, Americans are impatient and angry about what has been done in their name. Our national tragedy is not September 11 but the war in Iraq, an agony that promises to go on for years.

    Eric Weinberger

  • A Just Response

    The most effective response to terrorism involves nonmilitary actions in cooperation with the global community and within a framework of domestic and international law.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel

  • Plame’s Role at the CIA

    Valerie Plame was no CIA paper-pusher. She was searching out intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

    David Corn

  • Knock on Wood

    The Bush Administration’s illegitimate use of renditions, disappearances, torture and an illegal war has fostered the growth of a loose-knit global band of fanatics willing to do unspeakable violence against us.

    David Cole

  • The Path From 9/11

    The fifth anniversary of 9/11 prompts grief and sadness, but also anger. We must free ourselves from the idea that the “war on terror” is an organizing principle for our foreign policy.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts


    Andy Warhol’s eye for significant banality transformed the familiar into art. Ric Burns’s new American Masters documentary traces the roots of Warhol’s smirking genius.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Bush’s Sitcom Nominee

    Warren Bell honed his reputation writing sitcoms and lobbing politically incorrect bombs for National Review Online. Now he’s Bush’s nominee for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s board of directors.

    Celia Viggo Wexler

  • ABC 9/11 Docudrama’s Right-Wing Roots

    How conservative zealot David Horowitz produced and promoted ABC’s flawed docudrama, The Path to 9/11.

    Max Blumenthal

  • Big in Japan

    Reviews of Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Hollywoodland and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Unsentimental Education

    A new memoir by Robert Hughes reveals the idiosyncratic sensibility of a celebrated art critic.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • Londonistan Calling

    Gautam Malkani’s new novel explores the cross-section of youth culture, heritage and identity in London’s polyglot, postcolonial neighborhoods.

    Gary Younge

  • Ottoman Ghosts

    Caroline Finkel’s new book, Osman’s Dream, explores the rise and calamitous fall of the Ottoman Empire.

    Daniel Lazare
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