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Vietnam War news and analysis from The Nation
April 24, 2017
‘Sports Illustrated’ Gets Everything About Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X Wrong
The magazine asks, “What if Muhammad Ali had never met Malcolm X?” The answer is disturbing.
April 4, 2017
America Is a Nation at War With Itself
After years on the front lines, war and peace have become inextricable parts of a conflicting American cultural identity.
April 4, 2017
‘A Society Gone Mad on War’: The Enduring Importance of Martin Luther King’s Riverside Speech
Fifty years ago today, the civil-rights leader described the nightmare to come: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
March 7, 2017
Trump Doesn’t Realize These Are Wars We Cannot Win
From Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII to today’s Afghanistan, America has developed a dangerous obsession with “winning.”
February 16, 2017
49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing
He interviewed RFK and MLK months before their deaths. Fifteen of 25 guests were African American.
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February 9, 2017
Letters From the February 27, 2017, Issue
The power of the peacemakers… Language matters… Christianity, facing left… Logic for puzzling times…
January 5, 2017
The Forgotten Power of the Vietnam Peace Movement
An eloquent call to reclaim our history and honor those who resisted the war, from a key architect of the opposition.
December 13, 2016
Washington’s Plans for Asia Just Hit a Roadblock—Trump
The president-elect could easily unravel decades of carefully laid plans for an American-dominated Pacific.
December 8, 2016
Mad Men: Trump May Be the Perfect Vehicle for Kissinger’s Philosophy
The elder statesman has always insisted on the importance of unpredictability, even irrationality, in diplomacy.
November 2, 2016
How ‘The New York Times’ Whitewashed the 1968 ‘October Surprise’—and Why It Still Matters
Ever since Nixon and Kissinger undermined the Vietnam peace talks to win that election, politicians have used militarism abroad to defeat domestic opponents.