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. 5, February 10

A Win at Cracker Barrel. (Comment)
A lonely Cracker Barrel restaurant stands alongside the highway that runs near my house. I always wonder who eats there, given that it's just a few miles from Lesbianville (aka Northampton, Massachusetts). I have my own doubts about its Southern cooking,...
Forced to Bowl Alone?
Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public. By Matthew A. Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg. Johns Hopkins. 294 pp. $29.95. Being a citizen in America today feels a bit like being the student at the bottom of...
Letters
AD NAUSEAM--THE `DIME BAG' AD Lakewood, Calif. * It was outrageous and disappointing to see the ad from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in The Nation equating buying and using marijuana (or any drugs) with supporting terrorism [Dec....
Reformers at Bay in Iran. (Comment)
In Iran, the name Abbas Abdi is inextricably linked with the word "reform." Although he's now a key ally of President Mohammad Khatami and an advocate of opening a dialogue with the United States, Abdi first made his name as a revolutionary student...
Rising Opposition to War. (Editorials)
At a press conference on January 20, only two days after thousands of Americans marched in cities and towns across the nation to oppose going to war with Iraq, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld warned, "In the case of Iraq, we're nearing the end of the long...
Roe in Rough Waters: Thirty Years Later, Abortion's Political Terrain Is More Complicated Than Ever
Desiree was a high school senior from Buffalo who already had a 1-year-old daughter when she came to spend the night with me. She wore jeans and a huge sweatshirt, but anyone could see she was pregnant. Desiree was at twenty-one weeks and had never...
State of Disunion
These are dangerous times. George W. Bush is set to make another State of the Union address. The last one was a doozy. Few speeches in political history have caused so much damage based on so little forethought by so many wise guys. Not long...
The Eastern Front: Films of the Present Conflict
If Elia Suleiman's face were a cartoon, then the single short, white brush stroke dabbed into his black hair would perhaps be the beginning of a thought balloon, perpetually forming above the left eyebrow. One after another, ideas pop loose from that...
The `Quota' Smokescreen. (Comment)
George W. Bush mounted his bully pulpit on Martin Luther King's birthday and took aim at the University of Michigan's affirmative-action policies, calling them "a quota system." He tried to soft-pedal his quota-slinging rhetoric with an "I strongly...
The Smiths Go to Washington
My friend Ruth Rosen, who writes a terrific column for the San Francisco Chronicle, advised her readers to go to the antiwar marches organized by International ANSWER but to take their own signs. That's what I did when I went to the January 18 demonstration...
USA Oui! Bush Non! How Europeans See America. (Articles)
Twenty-four hours or so after landing in Paris for a five-city tour in search of the new European anti-Americanism, I found myself in one of the coolest places on the planet: a big old ugly hockey arena on the outskirts of town, surrounded by 15,000...
You've Got Issues? Setting Themselves Apart Is a Big Job for Most Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
The wannabes are coming out of the woodwork. Six Democrats have announced their desire for the White House--and that number could double if all the presumed dabblers dive in. The challenge for each, of course, is differentiating himself from the competition....