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Articles from Vol. 278, No. 6, February 16

Accountability on WMDs
As an MSNBC analyst before the war, former United Nations weapons inspector David Kay often seemed more like a cheerleader for the Bush Administration's Iraq policy than he did an impartial expert on Iraq's weapons programs. So it was not surprising...
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American Hubris and History
Brunswick, Me. * Robert Jay Lifton, in "American Apocalypse" [Dec. 22], brilliantly articulates the psychic and political errors of our current policies--that omnipotence creates insecurity and that military occupation breeds precisely the terrorism...
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An Open Letter to Ralph Nader
Dear Ralph, According to the latest news reports, you've pushed up your self-imposed deadline for announcing your decision about an independent 2004 presidential campaign from the end of January to mid-February. We're glad to hear that, because...
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Europa, Europa
HIDING AND SEEKING*FILMS OF JERZY KAWALEROWICZ*BLIND SHAFT Considered as a subset of the road movie, the post-Holocaust, return-to-Poland documentary has been a dismayingly static genre. Most of these films are journeys in only the physical sense....
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France, the United States & Iraq: The Story of the Iraqi Adventure Is Not over, but So Far, despite the Capture of Saddam, the French Have Been More Right Than the Bush Administration
The rift between France and the United States that emerged during the run-up to the war in Iraq persists, despite various recent overtures from France. Even though the campaign of anti-French calumnies has ended, France's reputation in the United States...
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India Hosts the World
Mumbai, India To the beat of drums by India's Dalits (former Untouchables) and Adivasis (forest-dwelling tribes) celebrating indigenous popular movements that refuse to be subdued, the World Social Forum opened in Mumbai. Nagas and Meiteis from...
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Judy, Judy, Judy
I used to think we should get rid of First Ladies. Plenty of countries manage without a national wife: Cherie Blair aside (and how long would Britain's answer to Hillary have lasted over here?), can you name the spouse of the man who leads France,...
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Kerry's Army
Manchester, New Hampshire John Kerry kept a bodyguard beside him at his town meeting in Somersworth, a working-class hamlet near the Maine border, two days before the primary. At least it appeared he had: The granite-jawed, gimlet-eyed face beneath...
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Men in Black
THE CURE Several generations of doomy, bookish youth have grown up listening to the Cure. Lead singer Robert Smith has the worldview of a bummed-out, romantic, quasi-solipsistic teenager, and he has expressed it magisterially for a quarter-century,...
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New Hampshire Populists
Howard Dean has won the war but lost another battle. In New Hampshire--where Senator John Kerry racked up his second straight win, with 39 percent, Dean placed a not-so-encouraging second, at 26 percent, and Senator John Edwards and retired Gen. Wesley...
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Oil and the New 'Great Game'
About a year ago I visited the US air base in Bagram, some thirty miles north of the Afghan capital of Kabul. A US Army public affairs officer, a friendly Texan, gave me a tour of the sprawling camp, set up after the ouster of the Taliban in December...
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Semper Fidel
Arthur Miller's January 12/19 "A Visit With Castro" seemed to be a Rorschach blot onto which scores of readers projected their views on Castro, Cuba and the Revolution, both positive and negative.--The Editors Los Angeles * Heartiest congratulations...
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'Sorry' Seems to Be the Hardest Word
OK, Saddam's in jail and Iraq is the fifty-first (and best-funded) state. Are we better off than we were a year ago? Slate's Jacob Weisberg asked a prominent group of "liberal hawks" to reassess their support for the war in light of what we now...
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The Business of Theory
After Theory. By Terry Eagleton. Basic. 231 pp. $25. Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, Zizek and Others. By Terry Eagleton. Verso. 272 pp. $25. The last decade or two have witnessed an insidious shift in American culture,...
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The Internet School Scam: A Questionable Plan to Wire Poor Schools Has Turned into a Business Boondoggle
When large amounts of cash and the entrepreneurial spirit intersect with an institution as impoverished and trusting as schools, it's not long before financial scandal strikes. That time is now here, and the nation's public schools are getting a spectacular...
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What Assassination Plot?
* Scott Sherman writes: A few weeks ago, Slate asked a number of "liberal hawks"--among them George Packer, Kenneth Pollack, Thomas Friedman, Paul Berman and Fareed Zakaria--to reflect on their support for the Iraq war [see Eric Alterman, page 10]....
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