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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. 275, No. 22, December 23

Adeptations
ADAPTATION * SOLARIS * THE QUIET AMERICAN * BLACKBOARDS * POSITIF: 50 YEARS Even without the aid of Smell-o-Vision, Charlie Kaufman's bedroom comes across as dank. A mulchy, humid cleft in the Los Angeles desert, it's a place where shadows lie...
An Imperial Moment: In Previous Times of War Fever, Clear Voices Have Called for a Return to U.S. Ideals. (Articles)
The United States has arrived at an imperial moment in its history, but it is not the first time. Long before a President talked about an "axis of evil" and "regime change," a President talked of going "to war for humanity's sake," in order to...
A Six-Pack Program for Democratic Recovery. (Going Down the Road)
On election morning, I opened the front section of the New York Times and immediately got a bad feeling. Positioned prominently on page A3 was an eye-catching and ominous ad. It was not a political ad per se, but an offering from Tiffany & Co....
As Miss World Turns
The war between religious fanaticism and secular modernity is fought over women's bodies. Feminists have been saying this for years, not that anyone important was listening, but the Miss World riots in Kaduna, Nigeria, should make it obvious even...
Censorship 101. (Comment)
Annals of Higher Education: If recent events at Stanford and Harvard are any indication, the past decade's earnest debates over "political correctness" are over, replaced by roughshod policing of the boundaries of acceptable campus speech and speakers....
Fixing the Rotten Corporate Barrel: States Grant Corporate Charters; They Should Start Taking Some of Them Away. (Articles)
The global corporations of today stand as the dominant institutional force at the center of human activity. Through their market power, billions of dollars in campaign contributions, public relations and advertising, and the sheer scale of their...
Hydrogen: Empowering the People: A New Source of Energy, If Its Development Follows the Model of the World Wide Web, Offers a Way to Wrench Power from Ever Fewer Institutional Hands. (Articles)
While the fossil-fuel era enters its sunset years, a new energy regime is being born that has the potential to remake civilization along radically new lines--hydrogen. Hydrogen is the most basic and ubiquitous element in the universe. It never runs...
Is It Still Rock & Roll to You?
TWYLA THARP AND MOVIN' OUT A lot of nonsense has been written about the choreographer Twyla Tharp and her hit Broadway show, Movin' Out, since it opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24. She's been called "the high priestess of modern...
Lighting Labor's Fire. (Articles)
The collapse of union membership in America, from its peak at 38 percent in the mid-fifties to 9 percent of the private work force today, is the one big reason for our roaring inequality. It's why the poor and middle class are still being cheated...
Prize for Dolores Huerta. (Comment)
Dolores Huerta flouts the smug conventional wisdom that the 1960s are behind us. She won't settle down and become an anachronism. The 72-year-old Huerta marched 165 grueling miles from Delano to Sacramento this year to demand that centrist Governor...
Rawls and Us
The late John Rawls was, by all accounts, a remarkably modest and generous person, much beloved by his friends and students, and profoundly uninterested in the kinds of fame and celebrity perks his prominence naturally invited. But his genius, not...
The Kissinger Deceit.
Henry Kissinger, who coddled state-sponsored terrorists, has been put in charge of the September 11 terrorism investigation. A proven liar has been assigned the task of finding the truth. President George W. Bush's naming of Kissinger to head a...
The US Caged-For Now. (Comment)
Alfred Hitchcock was fond of McGuffins--meaningless plot devices on which the characters obsess while the real, gruesome story moves on elsewhere. The mother of all McGuffins has to be the CD-ROM that Iraq must hand over by December 8 carrying what...