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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. 269, No. 10, October 4

Adults Only
romance Conventional wisdom has it that Americans stopped attending foreign films as soon as the domestic ones started featuring bare breasts. Convention, as usual, is too simple. In support of the standard theory, I will testify that in the fifties...
AIDS Drugs for Africa
"Gore's Greed Kills" is the chant that has been dogging the Vice President since June, as demonstrators from ACT UP and the Health GAP Coalition have called attention to the way the Clinton/Gore Administration has been using political and economic...
CBS-Viacom Nuptials
When Sumner Redstone and Mel Karmazin announced their wedding plans recently, the coverage was all corporate hearts and flowers, with business journalists and pundits gushing like so many bridesmaids. This wasn't unusual, since all such bad news of...
Clintons & Colonialism
The political firestorm enveloping President Clinton's clemency offer to sixteen Puerto Rican political prisoners showed Washington's total lack of understanding of the issue. A movement to free the prisoners on humanitarian grounds was turned into...
Ending Timor's Ordeal
Indonesia's scorched-earth compliance with international pressure on East Timor has left Dili, the capital, in ruins, displaced some 100,000 people to refugee camps under the control of the brutal militias and threatened thousands of people hiding...
Even Spooks Have Rights : Did the U.S. Put Away Notorious Arms Trader Ed Wilson with False Testimony?
It seems so far away, that era pre-Saddam, when the devil was Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi, and when, in 1982, Edwin Wilson, a former CIA man, was sensationally arrested and tried for consorting with the devil by way of arming Libyan forces. Wilson was...
Inherit an Ill Wind
Way down in Georgia last month, REM lead singer Michael Stipe paused in the middle of a solo during a rock concert because he had Kansas on his mind. "What's with Kansas and creationism?" he asked, looking puzzled. He had heard, he explained, that...
LAUNDERING YELTSIN : How US Hypocrisy Feeds Russian Corruption
Moscow The Russian Foreign Minister says it's an American plot to keep Russia weak. The head of the KGB-successor agency offers that same conviction in a formal briefing to President Boris Yeltsin. The Kremlin press office compares it to the Spanish...
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER about That FLAME Ad
"I am wondering if by publishing the FLAME ads The Nation agrees with the content of the advertisement?" "Each time I see the FLAME ad I am inflamed." "We find your acceptance of sponsorship ads from FLAME very abhorrent. This organization is so maliciously...
Letters
Pacifica/Bellicosica Our coverage of the situation at KPFA in San Francisco-Marc Cooper's "Pacifica on the Brink" (Aug. 9/16), our own editorial "Pacifica Static" (Aug. 23/30) and the letters Exchange "The Pacifica Struggle Continues" (Sept. 6/13)-has...
Polymaritally Perverse
I've always vowed I would never be one of those people-and you know who you are!-who cancel their ACLU membership in a fit of pique over a single issue. So I'll just say that I was surprised to learn recently that the organization has a policy opposing...
Robbing Russia
Finally, the rampant corruption at the core of Russia's post-Communist transformation is front-page news. On August 19 the New York Times reported that up to $10 billion in tainted Russian money may have been laundered through the Bank of New York...
The Journal's Russia Scandal : After Misreporting the Story, the Paper Changed Its Line and Won a Pulitzer
Moscow Just before Christmas in 1997, as a tumultuous stock-market crisis ravaged emerging markets in every corner of the globe, readers of the Wall Street Journal were treated to some good news: Russia was going to emerge from the mess unscathed....
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
A lie, as Mark Twain observed, can get halfway around the world before truth has even put its boots on. So it has proved-but only so far-in the matter of Justus Reid Weiner versus Edward Said. In a recent syndicated article, Daniel Pipes has allowed...