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The Nation is a weekly magazine published by the Nation Institute. First published in 1865, The Nation is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It is the oldest weekly magazine in the U.S. to be continually published. The Nation also has bureaus in London and South Africa.Self-described as "the flagship for the left," The Nation focuses on the topics of politics and culture. Contributors of note have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, Leon Trotsky, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, John Maynard Keynes and Naomi Klein. The Nation has broken such notable stories as the Valerie Plane leak scandal in 2003 and several articles about the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. It was the first U.S. publication to report on what would become the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Nation has won 24 National Magazine Awards since 1971. Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher. Roane Carey is Managing Editor, John Palattella is Literary Editor, Betsy Reed is Executive Editor, and Richard Lingeman and Richard Kim are Senior Editors.

Articles from Vol. 267, No. 15, November 9

Bioterrorism: America's Newest War Game
"Catastrophic Terrorism" roars the headline over an article in the current Foreign Affairs. The three distinguished authors -- John Deutch, a former director of Central Intelligence; Ashton Carter, an ex-Pentagon assistant secretary; and Philip Zelikow,...
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Canon to the Ordinary
Only hours after Pope John Paul II issued his encyclical on Fides et Ratio the body of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was laid to rest in the town of Casper. Outside the funeral a group of protesters, led by a Kansas minister, gathered...
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Capitol Losses
"We're going to nail his prick to the wall," boasted an aide to the House Republican leadership at a Capitol Hill party a few weeks back. At the start of October, Republicans were gleeful, with visions of a Monica-wrought tsunami tossing helpless...
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Compost Rotten Politics
"During the last few decades, humans have emerged as a new force of nature. We are modifying physical, chemical, and biological systems in new ways, at faster rates, and over larger spatial scales than ever recorded on Earth. Humans have unwittingly...
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Crime in the New South Africa: One of Apartheid's Legacies Is a National Habit of Violence
Even Nelson Mandela gets testy. It happened most recently in September as he spoke in Washington after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lashing out at whites emigrating to escape his country's high crime levels, he said that "real South...
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Happiness
The camera is patient in Happiness, though the characters are not. When Bill is in a rush to masturbate, he'll do it in the back seat of his Buick, parked in the lot of a daylit New Jersey mall. The camera waits outside the window, watching impassively...
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Matthew's Passion
When Trent Lott heard the news about the murder of Matthew Shepard, the first thoughts that flashed through his mind were all about spin. Trent Lott worried about how to keep his promise to the religious right, to speak out against the homosexual...
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Peace Journalism 101
Bruce Springsteen covers an old song with intense rock-and-roll fervor: "War!" he shouts. "What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!" Well, not exactly. While war unleashes devastation and death on people, it delivers ratings and brings life to television....
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Prisoner Pinochet
The arrest in London of ex-general, now Senator for Life, Augusto Pinochet, who only recently had been sipping tea in the home of Baroness Thatcher, fingering ties at Burberry's and reviewing missile plants, is a landmark moment for the world human...
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The Body of Imagination
Someone once lauded to him Franz Rosenzweig's courageous tolerance of his total paralysis, and Freud responded, "What else can he do?" The same remark can be turned on Freud, as it can on all of us who suffer from illness. Like sex, illness was simpler...
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The Conscience Industry
Hucksterism in the name of "good causes" is now as embedded in the liberal life and mindstyle as hookworm in the foot of an African child. Today, at the level of symbolic action, a person of progressive temperament can live in a bubble bath of moral...
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The Kosovo Conundrum
Shortly after reaching an agreement on Kosovo with US special envoy Richard Holbrooke, President Slobodan Milosevic launched a crackdown on the independent media in Serbia -- banning the rebroadcasting of foreign news, closing several newspapers and...
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The Late Works of Delacroix
At the press opening of the fascinating exhibition of Eugene Delacroix's late work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (until January 3), a colleague and I paused before a luminous painting of a puma next to a tree. Neither of us, not surprisingly,...
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