The Nation

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. 276, No. 13, April 7

American Tragedy. (Comment)
The decision to go to war to overthrow the government of Iraq will bring unreckonable death and suffering to that country, the surrounding region and, possibly, the United States. It also marks a culmination in the rise within the United States of...
Antiwar America. (Comment)
"This is what democracy looks like" chanted twenty-four antiwar demonstrators as they were arrested outside Toledo's Navy and Air Force recruitment office on the day George W. Bush announced that he was done with diplomacy. On the eve of war, American...
`For the Monkey'
Nowhere in Africa * The Safety of Objects * Laurel Canyon * Platform When James Agee wrote in these pages sixty years ago, he often complained of the paltriness of this or that movie, as judged against the events of the day. His standard of seriousness...
Frost at Foggy Bottom. (Comment)
Is the government's foreign policy apparatus a casualty of war? The recent resignations of two career State Department officials, who left to protest George W. Bush's push for war, raised the possibility that the White House's Iraq policy was fomenting...
Inside Baghdad. (Articles)
There's an old Arab saying that Iraqis like to quote when talking about another US war against their country: "The wet man is not afraid of the rain." With talk of war dominating every conversation in the days just prior to the US decision to move...
Iraq and Beyond
As we go to press, the Bush Administration has just launched a war on Iraq, a war that is unnecessary, unwise and illegal. By attacking a nation that has not attacked us and that does not pose an immediate threat to international peace and security,...
Perle, Interrupted
Famed Prince of Darkness Richard Perle is a political animal unique to Washington. He has successfully melded personal, ideological and commercial entrepreneurship into a polished package that looks kosher just so long as no one examines its particulars....
Reading Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci, master draftsman In 1906, the French savant Pierre Duhem published a three-volume work on Leonardo as scientist under the innocuous title Etudes sur Leonard de Vinci. It was the work's subtitle that struck a note of novelty: Ceux...
Seeking a New Globalism in Chiapas: Opponents of the Neoliberal Model Are Demanding a New Social Contract
I am spellbound by the woman in the photo sent by friends in Chiapas. She is a Mayan, a Tzotzil Indian in her 20s with long black braided hair and a turquoise sweater over a colorful blue-and-red blouse. This indigenous woman, whose name is Maria,...
The Big Lie. (Comment)
How bad can things get, how fast? Are we already at the point where literally nothing can derail the war machine? That's exactly what some powerful media outlets seem to have decided, with predictable effects on public opinion and policy. In its March...
`The Inland Empire': It Lacks Beaches, but It Does Have the Most Mixed Neighborhoods in California
On the great world map in the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, California hangs upside down, close to Cipango. Geographical intelligence was, of course, a foundation of Venetian wealth, so unlike other contemporary maps in European courts, the ducal map correctly...
The Poodle That Barked. (Comment)
London George Bush is supposed to be the cowboy, Tony Blair the sidekick--or, in some versions, the presidential poodle. But as the British prime minister walked to the despatch box on the afternoon of March 18, he had the grim resolution of a man...
These United States
Eighty-one years ago, on April 19, 1922, The Nation launched a series of forty-nine articles by a distinguished, skeptical and contentious group of writers--novelists, journalists, educators, social workers, lawyers, unionists and maverick intellectuals--each...
War. What Is It Good For?
By the time you read this, the invasion of Iraq may have begun--or it may be over. The Iraqi military may have put daisies in their gun barrels--a London-based Kurdish journalist I know has received dozens of reports of soldiers in northern Iraq deserting...