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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. 10, March 13

America's Debt to Blacks
Well before the birth of our country, Europe and the eventual United States perpetrated a heinous wrong against the peoples of Africa and sustained and benefited from the wrong through the continuing exploitation of Africa's human and material resources....
California Youth Take Initiative - Prop 21 Prescribes More Prison Time for Juveniles, Who Are Rising Up against It
Four hundred teenagers converged outside the four-star Hilton hotel in San Francisco, then pushed inside the plush lobby with whoops and chants. Many stood behind posterboards cut out to represent jail bars; other placards said Educate, Don't Incarcerate....
Classified
While we reserve the right to edit, reject or reclassify any advertisement, The Nation wishes its readers to know we don't have the facilities to check the promises made by our advertisers, and we have a strong presumption against censoring any advertisement,...
Dionysian Man
BAD BOY NIETZSCHE! By Richard Foreman. Ontological-Hysteric at St. Mark's. It is widely accepted that Friedrich Nietzsche's contribution to philosophy ended on a fateful day in Turin in 1889, when, after attempting to save a dray horse from a brutal...
Dog Days
GHOST DOG * MIFUNE The first thing Jim Jarmusch asks you to do in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is to look up and down. Look up: From a relatively fixed point on the ground, you see a solitary bird in flight, soaring across the unbounded sky....
Events
International May Day in Havana, Cuba Participate in international conference: "Women in the Labor Movement." Visit schools, hospitals, childcare centers, workplaces. Learn about Cuban workers and the power of their unions. Meet trade unionists...
How to Make a Criminal
Failed presidential bids often have a terrible afterlife, plaguing us long after the bidder has faded from the scene. Remember Pete Wilson, an exceptionally nasty Republican governor of California, predecessor to the present (pretty nasty) Democratic...
Inside the UNAM Strike - Angry over Mexico's Neoliberal Policies, Students Struggle to Oppose Them
At dawn on February 6, the Mexican Federal Preventive Police invaded the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which had been held by student and faculty strikers for nearly ten months. The strike had begun over the imposition...
Lennon's MI5-FBI Files
The headline in the Sunday Times of London was spectacular: Lennon Funded Terrorists and Trotskyists. It was also erroneous. ABC News and other US media presented their own garbled versions of the story. But behind the errors lies a fascinating and...
My Mafiaboy
Dear Mafiaboy, As I write this, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are closing in on your position. Maybe you are already behind bars, imprisoned for crimes against Yahoo. They say you had something to do with...
Shaking Things Up
It's not even Super Tuesday, and already Campaign 2000 is a certified wild ride. No wonder Ted Koppel turned to John McCain on the eve of the South Carolina primary and said, "It's been...perhaps a more volatile political year than in either one of...
The Beat
Prison Protests: February 15 was a doubly significant date in the history of US criminal justice. The country's prison population topped 2 million, according to the Justice Policy Institute. And America saw the most widespread protests ever against...
The Liberal Media, RIP
"Electrifying and oh-so vital." If that sounds like model Melania Knauss testifying about the sexual prowess of her former boyfriend, Donald Trump, guess again. It's the sound of R.W. "Johnny" Apple of the New York Times's page 1 swoon at the feat...
The Meaning of Life
In January the Supreme Court announced that it would consider the constitutionality of Nebraska's "partial birth" abortion ban. The Court is stepping into the abortion fray for the first time in eight years to settle a judicial dispute: While the Court...
The Ungrounded Railroad
The whole trip seems like a joke until they see the white man with the gun. The children have paused for yet another warning to stay down and silent when a few boys spot the dimpled crest of a cowboy hat several yards back on the path. In the dusky...
Who Wants to Marry Bob Jones?
It's the weirdest dream I've ever had. There I am in the requisite Vera Wang wedding gown and a little white veil over my face. I'm clutching a bouquet of white roses and baby's breath with one hand, my other outstretched toward my husband-to-be, the...
Why We Need a Care Movement
We have the Bill of Rights and we have civil rights. Now we need a Right to Care, and it's going to take a movement to get it. Care is as essential as the air we breathe. Two centuries of myth- making about rugged individualism will not yield easily...