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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. 268, No. 9, March 8

How Hitchens Suckered Himself
A mid the shifting sands of Christopher Hitchens's accounts of and apologias for his bearing witness (deemed false witness by the man he still insists on calling his friend) against Sidney Blumenthal, let us take the rationale he offered in The Nation...
Letter from Lagos
NIGERIANS AWAIT A RETURN TO DEMOCRACY AS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION NEARS. A process of political rebirth is gradually occurring in Nigeria as the country prepares for presidential elections on February 27. Campaign rallies, which in the past gave...
Letters
`I KNOW WHAT I KNOW ...' Washington, D. C. * The Nation's editorial comments last week ["No Exit" and "Subject to Debate"] would have been better argued (and better written) if they had at least given some consideration to the following points:...
Monsanto: Playing God
THE NEW CORPORATE CAMPAIGN TO MAKE US FEEL GOOD ABOUT BIOTECHNOLOGY. Robert Shapiro is the sort of guy who calls himself just plain "Bob" in the pages of his glossy annual report. Down-home. Direct. Just-folks. Dressed in a casual shirt and sweater,...
Smoke in Starr's Chamber
The government of the world's sole superpower came close to melting down, in the political equivalent of Three Mile Island. Not surprisingly, people want to know why, particularly because public opinion was so strongly opposed to impeachment. The usual...
The Apple
A man locks his daughters in a one-room house for their first twelve years. The girls--twins--don't attend school; they don't play with other kids. They're never even given a bath. By the time a social worker intervenes, summoned tardily by the neighbors,...
The Dynasty of Mingus
For the past year and a half, I've been spending most of my time between 1922 and 1979--the years of Charles Mingus's birth and death, since I'm writing his biography, due to be published next year. And as if by some Romantic magic of macrocosm mirroring...
Usual Suspects
Late on the afternoon of the same day an unarmed Guinean street vendor named Amadou Diallo was killed in a barrage of police gunfire, I was in the subway waiting for a train. It was a long time coming, and after a while, a pudgy kid with a backpack...
Vermont, the Pure-Food State
HOW FARMERS AND CITIZENS FOUGHT THE USE OF MONSANTO'S HORMONE FOR COWS. City people think of Vermont as an Arcadia where dewy-eyed cows eat the sweet grass of summer and give pure, healthy milk for their loving masters. It's a great marketing...
Wanted: A Conservative Party
America needs a conservative party. Once, the Republicans were conservative, but they are no longer. Rather, theirs is the party of the "religious war" announced by Patrick Buchanan at the 1992 Republican National Convention, at which Pat Robertson...