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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. 270, No. 6, February 14

As Maine Goes, So Goes
Belfast, Maine Frederick Wiseman's latest film, Belfast, Maine, is having its New York premiere in the best possible setting, as the opening feature in a full retrospective of his work. The picture will also be broadcast on PBS on February 4, which...
California's Knightmare
When the Vermont Supreme Court ruled December 20 that denying the statutory benefits and protections of marriage to same-sex couples was discriminatory, conservatives began frothing at the mouth. "The End of Marriage," screamed the cover of The Weekly...
Crazed Cops, 'Fallen Heroes'
Those endless wars on crime and drugs-a staple of 90 percent of America's politicians these last thirty years-have engendered not merely our 2 million prisoners but a vindictive hysteria that pulses on the threshold of homicide in the bosoms of many...
Does Gore Get the Message?
Al Gore's centrist agenda-and the challenge from bill bradley-may undermine his efforts to lock up the african-american vote. One day last August, soon after the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced that he would not run for the presidency in the 2000 election,...
Earth in the Balance
Anonymous is a landscape architect. Not for these placemakers the recognition given to their peers in building. Planners may stand side by side with mayors boasting of some grand projet. Architects may admire "designed by" signatures on their structures....
Exchange
WTO: Workers of the World United? San Francisco In his December 20 "Beat the Devil" column, "Trade Wars, Trade Truths," Alexander Cockburn got it exactly wrong about what happened in Seattle, and he once again helped sow division in the ranks...
Faith and Politics
Religious convictions can be a clue to character, which may be why they are asked about so often in this presidential campaign. The campaign, coming only a year after impeachment, is not so much about foreign policy and economics as about character....
Fresh Airwaves
Media critics are more accustomed to pointing out problems than pointing to victories. But the emerging, still inchoate and decentralized media and democracy movement was adding new notches to its belt as a result of two rulings by the Federal Communications...
In Fact
CAMPAIGN FINANCE-GOOD NEWS You might say that the Supreme Court in its recent decision upholding Missouri's campaign contribution limits threw Senator Mitch McConnell out of court. McConnell, of course, has been the obnoxiously blaring car alarm...
Letter from Zambia
Lusaka "The problem with taking a blood sample for your malaria test is that the cockroaches may eat it in the night," announced the nurse. "Ants are an even worse problem. The place is infested with them." Siavonga Hospital, on the shores of Lake...
Not Dead Yet
Critics predicted the death of literature for much of the twentieth century, but at the dawn of the Internet age, the mantra is becoming conventional wisdom. Listen to conservative critic Terry Teachout, crowing in the Wall Street Journal: "55 percent...
Our Debt to Africa
In case you missed it, January 2000 was the Month of Africa at the UN Security Council. US ambassador Richard Holbrooke deserves credit for using his month as chairman of the council to highlight some of Africa's pressing problems, from the AIDS epidemic...
Rebel Yell
The recent march in Columbia, South Carolina, demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop the state Capitol is the latest episode in a long-running debate over the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. Those who seek to retain the...
Unfinished Business : Clinton's Lost Presidency
As he travels around the country, musing aloud on his hopes for the future, Bill Clinton inspires an unintended melancholy about his presidency. He has big dreams for the country, bold convictions about reforming this and that, and he states them passionately,...
Vote for Me, Amigos
After decades in which the Republican Party ignored the Latino vote and the Democratic Party took it for granted, both parties now seem to be in a mad rush to outdo each other in courting Latino voters. The major presidential candidates are speaking...
Without Sanctuary
Among the small possessions my late aunt once shared with me were some photographs of black men hanging from trees. I do not know who the men were or where the photos were taken. I am not even sure why my aunt showed them to me so wordlessly. I did...