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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. 271, No. 1, July 3

A Literature from Below
The role of the public intellectual--and the moral onus, assuming that one exists--seems ever to thread the Scylla of celebrity and the Charybdis of marginality. In a conversation printed in part simultaneously in the French daily Le Monde and German...
Assad's Syria
Hafez al-Assad steered Syria out of the disorders that accompanied the end of colonialism in the Middle East and into an era of normalcy. He gave his country thirty years of stable rule. He also provided for his succession by his son Bashar, which...
Au Clair De la Lune
The month of June always makes me wistful. School's out. A half-liberated, half-sad seasonal sensation settles over me, a feeling I associate with childhood and summer vacation. When I was growing up and the bell rang for the last time on the last...
Bush's Abortion Flip-Flop?
Which current candidate for President reversed the abortion stand he espoused as a Congressional candidate in the seventies and adopted a position more acceptable to the mainstream of his party? If you said Al Gore, you may be only half right. George...
Campaign Money Morass
The waters--the foul, polluted, poisonous waters--are rising. Another election year, another flood of special-interest money inundates the political landscape. It's become mundane, perhaps a bit boring, to note each year the new spending records. But...
David Horowitz's Long March
On October 19, 1959, Frederick Moore Jr., a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, climbed the steps of Sproul Hall and began a hunger strike to protest the university's compulsory military-training requirement through ROTC. "I am a conscientious...
Independence: An Endangered Species?
The hopes of many for the birth and sustenance of independent web journalism took a body blow recently when all 140 employees of the APBnews.com crime news site were let go with no warning, as the company's $27.1 million in start-up funds dissipated...
Letters
PCBS FELL ON ALABAMA... St. Louis * Nancy Beiles's "What Monsanto Knew" [May 29] presents a one-sided and very misleading version of issues relating to Monsanto's (now Solutia's) former polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) facility in Alabama. Apparently...
Mexico's Gringo-Ized Vote
Mexico City Uncertainty is what's new in the July 2 Mexican presidential elections. For the first time in years, victory is not guaranteed for the presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI); in fact, there is a good possibility...
Tea Time
TIME REGAINED Everyone knows you can't film Remembrance of Things Past, so Raul Ruiz did it. With hindsight--the only kind worth having, as far as Proust is concerned--I now understand this act of effrontery and genius as the culmination of Ruiz's...
The Microsoft Breakup
The pace of recent events made one of the most significant rulings in the history of American antitrust law seem like an anticlimax. The headline news that Microsoft will cease to exist as we have known it if the government has its way was thoroughly...
The Way the World Works
Beset by entirely convincing accusations from Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker that he is a war criminal (Iraq, class of '91), Gen. Barry McCaffrey reached out to human rights groups. David Shull, deputy general counsel and human rights officer at McCaffrey's...
Universal Childcare: It's Time -- CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT FOR A BOLD INITIATIVE. ADVOCATES MUST SEIZE THE MOMENT
Once upon a time, childcare was stuck at the bottom of the national policy agenda. Times have changed. Welfare reform and state budget surpluses, as well as labor shortages, have transformed the political environment. Skilled workers are in short supply....
Washington's Costly Cuba Policy : US AID TO DISSIDENTS IS SEEN BY THE CASTRO GOVERNMENT AS FUNDING SUBVERSION
The case of little Elian Gonzalez brought vividly into focus just how contradictory and counterproductive US policy toward Cuba really is. On the one hand, the United States does not want any more floods of undocumented Cubans arriving by small boat--as...