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. 7, February 24

A `Good Man' Is Not So Hard to Find
I was standing in line for Bowling for Columbine in Brussels not long ago with two writer/editor friends, when a 15-or-so-year-old Belgian boy in front of us turned around and inquired, "Excuse me, are you Americans?" Given his typical-American-teenager...
As Not Seen on TV. (Articles)
The debate over the dangers of media monopoly got a lot less theoretical in the last week of January, when Comcast, the nation's No. 1 owner of cable television companies, rejected the Peace Action Education Fund's request to purchase airtime for ads...
Bush and AIDS. (Comment)
George W. Bush's surprise State of the Union announcement of $10 billion in new funding for the global AIDS crisis was masterful, lending an air of humanitarian internationalism to his bellicose foreign policy. The White House, however, offered scant...
Bush's Big Bad Budget. (Comment)
George W. Bush's budget sketches the precipitous decline in our fortunes on his watch, while blurring the full costs of his shameless pander to privilege. In two years, we have fallen from a projected surplus of $5.6 trillion over ten years to a projected...
Columbia Down. (Comment)
Like the perennial quest for a "Star Wars" antimissile system, the space shuttle has never been an entirely rational program. At heart, after decades of debate about cost effectiveness and safety, it is a litmus-test expression of faith for its many...
Dishing Up Christianity. (Articles)
In 1992 Congress passed a law designed to increase the diversity of television programming and to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices. The law required satellite TV services to reserve at least 4 percent of their programming capacity for...
Global Visions
MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON * DEMONLOVER * THE LAST LETTER Since few of us at The Nation speak Thai, I'm going to refer to my favorite filmmaker of the month as Joe, which is the name actually used in this country by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Joe...
In Dubya's Battle
Although the Bush Administration acts as if the war train has already left the station, the antiwar forces continue to grow, and they are mobilizing in large numbers for a worldwide protest on February 15. The Administration took comfort in statements...
Letter from London
Not since the days when a young, bearded Bill Clinton demonstrated outside the US Embassy here has British opposition to an American war been so outspoken, so widespread and so politically impotent. France may threaten a Gallic "Non!" at the United...
Letters
SCURRILOUS ATTACK New York City * Sinan Antoon's attack on Kanan Makiya, "Dissident or Apologist?" [Feb. 3], is scurrilous; its publication reflects badly on The Nation's judgment. Makiya's hope that American intervention will establish democracy...
Media Democracy's Moment: Suddenly, There Are Widespread Discussions about the Dangers of Monopoly Power. (Articles)
In an era when the influence of corporations on government decision-making rivals the power of the trusts in the Gilded Age, something remarkable is taking place: a democratic revolution against media consolidation. At the prodding of media activists,...
Poetry Makes Nothing Happen? Ask Laura Bush
So Laura Bush will not, after all, be discussing the works of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes with a selected group of American poets at the White House on February 12. The conference, "Poetry and the American Voice," was abruptly...
Resist War and Empire. (Comment)
With up to 200,000 American and British combat troops already stationed in or on their way to the Persian Gulf area, war with Iraq looks increasingly imminent. This war can still be stopped, but the antiwar movement should begin planning for what it...
Street-Dancing Man
BILL SHANNON "CRUTCHMASTER" AND THE STEP FENZ IN AOW: REMIX In classical dance, the art of imbalance--the pirouette, the jete or the mere ethereal, alighted walk that alone makes audiences feel they are getting their money's worth--is the purview...
The New Product Placement
BRANDED: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers. By Alissa Quart. Perseus. 239 pp. $25. Last fall, a half-dozen child psychologists lurked around New York's Yale Club at a convention called "Advertising & Promoting to Kids" in search of new, higher-paying...
What Liberal Media? (Articles)
Social scientists talk about "useful myths," stories we all know aren't necessarily true, but that we choose to believe anyway because they seem to offer confirmation of what we already know (which raises the question, If we already know it, why the...