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. 20, May 26

A Nuclear Education. (Letter from Ground Zero)
In this space last week, I commented that the choice for the United States in North Korea was probably between a catastrophic war and permitting North Korea to keep its nuclear program and its reported small nuclear arsenal, and I suggested that of...
Bringing the War Home: In the Name of Fighting Terrorism, the Army Has Established a Domestic Command. (Articles)
Just a year after the attacks of September 11, the Pentagon finally achieved a goal it had been seeking for years: the establishment of a military command for the domestic United States. The supposed rationale for creating the US Northern Command (Northcom,...
Dead Poets Society
It is agonizingly difficult to write about one's hometown as it drowns in flames and suffocates with smoke. After tons of bombs and thousands of liberatory missiles, many of Baghdad's own inhabitants have pillaged it under the voyeuristic eyes of its...
Dean's No Wellstone. (Comment)
Lately, presidential contender Howard Dean has been likening himself to the late Senator Paul Wellstone. Out on the stump, Dean has used a phrase that Wellstone long employed--that we need candidates who "represent the democratic wing of the Democratic...
Elections vs. Democracy in Argentina
In most of the world, it's the sign for peace, but here in Argentina it means war. The index and middle finger, held to form a V, means to his followers, Menem vuelve, Menem will return. Carlos Menem, poster boy of Latin American neoliberalism, president...
Guns-and-Butter Issues. (in Fact ...)
* Bob Muehlenkamp writes: Thirty-one antiwar trade union leaders met in Chicago on April 26 to consider the future of US Labor Against the War (USLAW), founded in January to oppose an invasion of Iraq. The result? An ambitious new "guns or butter"...
Letter from Silicon Valley
Ellen Chase never thought her life would be like this at age 52. More than a year ago, her husband, Russ, was laid off from his job as a quality assurance engineer in San Jose, California. Then last August, she lost her job as a secretary for a fruit-labeling...
Letters
CAN WE TALK? GUESS NOT Los Angeles * Eric Alterman's April 21 "Stop the Presses" is most courageous. I hope he will be strong enough to withstand the barrage. He raises questions that must be asked. Arvid Knudsen San Francisco * Eric Alterman's...
McCarthy's Secret Show. (Comment)
The other night I went to see Trumbo, an Off Broadway trial run of Christopher Trumbo's play based mostly on his father, Dalton Trumbo's, amazing letters about life under the Hollywood blacklist and other assaults on individual liberty in the name...
Partisan Requiem
The announcement a few weeks ago that Partisan Review was closing shop after a run of nearly seventy years brought sadness--since PR at its best was a central site of American cultural life--but also a sense of inevitability. No one expected the journal...
Samaritans in the Desert: Defying US Policy, They Save the Lives of Illegal Migrants, a Cup of Water at a Time. (Articles)
On the first anniversary of 9/11, four men huddle on a busy street corner in Douglas, Arizona, clutching armfuls of homemade crosses and pretending not to notice the steady drizzle or the lightning strikes illuminating the nearby Mexican mountains....
SARS and Inequality. (Comment)
Over the past few months, yet another epidemic has come to trouble our unhappy world. Shortly after SARS was identified, the entire globe was put on notice. Although the new illness is not as deadly as many other infectious diseases (compare the 500...
Scandal on Scandal. (Editorials)
The best names in Wall Street, who besmirched themselves with double-dealing stock-market scandals, were finally "punished" recently, and the miscreants could not contain their glee. And why not? Their shared fine of $1.4 billion is trivial alongside...
The Disquieted American
Recently Congress released transcripts of secret testimony of witnesses summoned before Senator Joseph McCarthy's infamous subcommittee in hearings that impugned the patriotism of everyone from artists to decorated generals. ... It is good timing...
The Trials of Ed Rosenthal
Come June 4, Ed Rosenthal will be back in US District Court in San Francisco, to hear what sentence Judge Charles Breyer has decided to impose. In January a California jury found him guilty of cultivating marijuana, of maintaining a place to cultivate...