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. 21, June 2

And the Poor Pay Taxes ... (Comment)
Just in case you didn't have a clue who George W. Bush's friends are, a peek into the recent enforcement actions and inactions of the Internal Revenue Service will offer some guidance on this matter. Item. While the number of tax returns filed each...
Bah, Humbug
I wish it had been sex, maybe some of that hot "man on dog" action that Senator Rick Santorum is so keen on chatting about. But let me not be picky. Since we are talking about that thundering sultan of sanctimony Bill Bennett, highstakes gambling will...
Dare Call It Treason. (Articles)
Few traditions are more American than freedom of speech and the right to dissent. But an equally powerful American tradition has been the effort by government and private "patriots" to suppress free expression in times of crisis. During the fighting...
FCC: Public Be Damned. (Comment)
Cheered on by the Bush Administration and powerful media conglomerates, Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell is pushing ahead with a June 2 vote to gut longstanding rules designed to prevent the growth of media monopolies. If successful,...
Letter from Baghdad
The children came out to cheer, and the adults waved from their doorways, as Staff Sgt. Jason Pond of the 101st Airborne Division led a patrol of infantry through the northern Baghdad district of Kasra. "They [the Iraqis] are friendly to us, and we're...
Letter from Ground Zero
Madmen During the cold war, nuclear strategic doctrine was riven by a fundamental contradiction. Governments thought it sensible to threaten nuclear war--the better to "deter" a foe from doing something unwanted--yet it obviously made no sense actually...
Magnificent Obsessions
DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY * SPELLBOUND * CINEMANIA This week, all true movie lovers will rush to see a violent and fantastic special-effects thriller, in which a character endowed with uncanny powers rips through the veil of illusion...
Paying for Apartheid. (Comment)
Two major lawsuits--filed in the United States against multinational corporations including GM, IBM and Citigroup for aiding and abetting apartheid--are at a critical juncture. Their outcomes could set legal standards by which corporations are held...
Shaking the Kingdom. (Editorials)
The suicide attacks in Riyadh, which Saudi officials blamed on Al Qaeda, were barbarous acts. They are also tragic reminders that despite US military victories and recent triumphalist claims of the Bush Administration, the terrorist threat has not...
The Big Chill. (Articles)
At a lecture in Cleveland in March, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told the audience, "Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires." The government can legitimately scale back individual rights during wartime,...
The Judiciary Wars. (Comment)
Senate Democrats, who were so divided on the war and tax cuts, are holding together impressively to stop the Worst of the Worst of President Bush's judicial nominees. Filibusters against Miguel Estrada and Priscilla Owen have prevailed, and every Democrat...
The Misuses of Allegory
THE CAVE. By Jose Saramago. Harcourt Brace. 307 pp. $25. Is Jose Saramago an anti-Semite? The answer might be allegorical. In March 2002, during a visit to Ramallah with seven other delegates of the International Parliament of Writers, Saramago...
The New Campus Raids. (Articles)
On February 26 the small town of Moscow, Idaho, saw more commotion than it had since a truck camper exploded in a vacant lot last September. While the town was still sleeping, two military planes landed at a nearby airport, and at 4:30 am, at least...
The New Yorker Goes to War: How a Nice Magazine Talked Itself into Backing Bush's Jihad
In its first issue after the fall of the World Trade Center, The New Yorker published a handful of short reaction pieces by John Updike, Jonathan Franzen and others about the horror that had just occurred in lower Manhattan. Only one really stood out,...
We Are the Patriots. (Articles)
I belong to a minority that is now one of the smallest in the country and, with every day, grows smaller. I am a veteran of World War II. And I can recall thinking, when I got out of the Army in 1946, Well, that's that. We won. And those who come after...
Who Framed John Fund?
So the right-wing journalist John Fund may not be a model citizen, but contrary to the implications of many left journalists and gossip columnists, he's likely not the kind of guy who pretends to want to marry women and then beats them up. Sure,...
WMD? MIA. (Comment)
When Bush (sans flight suit) delivered a photo-op victory speech to the men and women of the USS Abraham Lincoln, he solemnly noted, "We've begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons and already know of hundreds of sites that will...