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. 273, No. 5, August 6

A Bush Summer Rerun?
The next scene in Return of the Bushies may feature Brent Scowcroft, who was National Security Adviser to Bush I. The anonymous leakers of Washington are whispering that Scowcroft is in line to become head of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory...
After Genoa
The world will never be the same after Genoa. We are referring both to the bloody confrontations at the G-8 summit and, more deeply, to the long history of conquest that began when Columbus sailed from Genoa in the name of free trade and globalization...
All in the Family
101 REYKJAVIK * THE VERTICAL RAY OF THE SUN * THE RIVER As bloated Hollywood blockbusters such as Pearl Harbor and A.I. disappoint to a staggering degree this summer, foreign films without huge promotional budgets are delivering offbeat, heart-stirring...
Aren't We Happy Yet?
There was a short note in the New York Times a few months ago reporting that Governor Jeb Bush wept while speaking to the Southern Regional Conference of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He was crying, it turns out, for a press...
Audacity on Trial : TALKING UNION STILL AMOUNTS TO A PUNISHABLE OFFENSE IN PARTS OF THE OLD SOUTH
Charleston, South Carolina They give "ghost tours" of the Historic District in the evening, as if ghosts weren't present enough without conjury in this too-charming city: the ghosts of planters who stepped from porches of the grand mansions along...
Big Brother's Corporate Cousin : HIGH-TECH WORKPLACE SURVEILLANCE IS THE HALLMARK OF A NEW DIGITAL TAYLORISM
Winston must log on to the computerized phone system at Charles Schwab brokerage firm no later than seven minutes after 8, or she'll be harassed by a supervisor, called a "team lead." Once her computer is up and running, a message appears announcing...
China Goes for the Gold
China finally won the right to hold the Olympic Games in its capital city, to the enormous pride of its people and to the dismay of many human rights campaigners who wanted to punish the Communist elite again for its continuing authoritarian hold on...
Dead Reckoning : A WORLD EFFORT TO FORCE AN END TO THE US DEATH PENALTY IS GAINING STRENGTH
Dinan, Brittany This walled medieval city in France's ancient Breton heartland is the last place anyone would look for evidence of a coming transformation in US law. German and British tourists crowd the old stone streets and file through the twelfth-century...
Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy a Bridge?
The problem of punditocracy ignorance does not usually constitute a national security threat. If most Americans walk around misinformed about Gary Condit's sexual escapades or Elian Gonzalez's emotional state, the Republic will probably survive. But...
Is This the New Face of the Democratic Party?
Nancy Pelosi is poised to become the most powerful woman in Congress--a leap up the legislative ladder that will position this daughter of the New Deal to play a central role in defining the Democratic Party of the twenty-first century. With Democratic...
Junk Journalism
Although it happened in early July after ethically challenged Congressman Gary Condit finally admitted to police that he'd had an adulterous affair with 24-year-old Chandra Levy, it's hard to say precisely when the media's obsession with the missing...
Letters
SMILE WHEN YOU SAY THAT Boston * I do hope that Eric Alterman, after erroneously accusing George Will of plagiarism ["Full-Court Press," July 16], has the good sense to apologize publicly to Will, now that it's been revealed that Will used a...
Rage against the Machine
AMERICAN HIGH "Bustin' Out," episode six of R.J. Cutler's breakthrough reality TV series American High, opens on 17-year-old Morgan Moss pointing a pistol at his mother's head and barking demands: "Say what a nice child I am on camera. Now." It's...
She Needed Fewer Friends
Joe Pulitzer famously said, "A newspaper should have no friends." Looking at the massed ranks of America's elites attending Katharine Graham's funeral in Washington on July 23, it's maybe churlish to recall that phrase, but it's true. At least in political...
What I Voted for : NADER'S CAMPAIGN MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE ANGRY, BUT HIS CAUSE IS WORTH THE FIGHT
In mid-June Tim Robbins spoke at the annual dinner of the Liberty Hill Foundation, which funds grassroots organizing in Los Angeles. In recognition of his politically engaged films and his activist commitments, the foundation gave him its Upton Sinclair...