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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. 265, No. 18, December 1

Autumn of the Cuban Patriarchs
These days Cubans in both Havana and Miami have been speculating about the same prospect: the future without their powerful leaders. Castro is noticeably aging and has begun to talk about plans for succession. In Miami, Jorge Mas Canosa, founder and...
Fast-Track Backtrack
The stunning defeat of the so-called fast-track trade legislation--which would have prevented Congress from amending agreements negotiated by the President, and allowing it simply to vote them up or down--is a great victory for progressives. Against...
Fate and Fundamentalism
The distinguishing feature of most fundamentalist belief systems is a literal conception of the relation between words and meaning. If God is the Word and the Word is God' then speaking the profane is blasphemy for which one is banished from God's...
Gulf War Syndrome
Saddam Hussein is a bloodthirsty dictator who has used poison gas against civilians, and even now is likely cooking up botulin, anthrax and nerve gas in basements around Baghdad. And he tells lies: to the U.N. Special Commission investigating weapons...
Logging to Infinity: Louisiana-Pacific Makes the Government's Antitrust Policy Seem a Clear-Cut Failure
Viewed from a low-flying plane as it skips across the mountains, California's North Coast looks like some strange and terrible war zone. Stretches of untouched, prehistoric forest speed by--and then, suddenly, great gouged-out patches appear. Here the...
Miscarriage at Justice
"No question exists that Bill Lann Lee possesses the professional qualifications to serve." So wrote conservative litigator Clint Bolick about the nomination of Bill Lann Lee to run the Justice Department's civil rights division. Since Bolick was chief...
Public Broadcasting Sells
If you want to see the future of American public broadcasting, go visit a shopping mall. Drive up to the massive Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Connecticut, head for the 4G level and you will find a store that acts as a direct outpost for New York's...
Smithsonian Strikes Oil
It had all the trappings of a party at the American Petroleum Institute: stretch limousines; halibut in a blanket; rich desserts; the Alaska Congressional delegation; oil industry executives and their spouses. But in fact it was a gathering at the...
Spiritual Union: A Case Study
This is the second in a series of articles supported by the Haywood Burns Fund for Community Activist Journalism, sponsored by The Nation Institute and the New World Foundation. The series aims to honor Haywood by bringing attention to the kind of organizing...
Stockholders Sold Short
In 1994, after members of New Mexico's SouthWest Organizing Project were unable to persuade Intel Corporation's management to hold a dialogue with them over the environmental and economic impact of a plant Intel was expanding, a small group of shareholders...
The Soul of the Left
Half an hour before dawn in the kitchen at Dorothy Day House in Duluth, Steve O'Neil is bringing the kettle of vegetable soup to a boil. It will be part of the daily lunch for homeless people and families who have been given hospitality here for much...
Tracking Shot
As the White House learned over the past few weeks, people have memories. They remember the promises of 1993 amid the fight over the North American Free Trade Agreement, and they know those haven't been honored. The 1993 pledges of worker retraining...