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. 264, No. 9, March 10

An Appeal to Reason: The Moment Is Ripe for a Daily Newspaper Telling Workers' Side of the Story
Five days a week, 1.8 million people reach for The Wall Street Journal, a newspaper that does much to nourish and strengthen the world of commerce. But the Journal's influence transcends that milieu. Along with The New York Times and The Washington...
Circus Politicus
Chinese spies infiltrating the Democratic Party via campaign gifts? Bill Clinton and Susan McDougal (allegedly!) tossing and turning together? F.O.B.s posing as White House emissaries and cutting deals overseas? Drug and arms merchants invited to cozy...
Follw Me Home
Follow Me Home, an independent film written and directed by Peter Bratt, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, but despite Sundance's reputation as distribution heaven, it failed to find a distributor. Bratt and his brother Benjamin, one...
Gilding the World Bank
The World Bank, ever a stern taskmaster when dealing with its Third World clients, demands cuts in government spending, consumer subsidies, social programs and other "frills" that get in the way of debt payments to international creditors. Countries...
Holocaust Accounting
The saga of the gold looted by the Nazis and concealed or converted by greedy neutrals is very far from finished. It started with revelations about the worst culprits, the notorious "gnomes of Zurich," Swiss bankers who not only made money thanks...
Outsider Art
Like the concept of the masterpiece and the idea of quality in art, the category of "genius" has been consigned to the index prohibitorium of politically discreditable notions, the primary use of which has been declared exclusionary. We would be hard...
Robert Rubin, Reignmaker: Rubin Is the Most Powerful Treasury Secretary since Alexander Hamilton
I don't know what I knew." That's what Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin brazenly claimed when The New York Times asked about the Democratic National Committee--organized White House fundraising coffee with Bill Clinton last May that brought together...
Shedding Light on Ray
The family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has joined those who seek a trial for James Earl Ray, now in his twenty-eighth year in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he murdered Dr. King. Ray wishes to stand trial but has a life-threatening...
States' Rights, School Wrongs: The States Won't Pay for Adequate Education - So We Need a New Deal, Federal Style
The conservatives and neoliberals who surrendered federal responsibility for welfare programs to the states assumed that the states would turn out to be creative and compassionate in shouldering the burden. Yet even the most well-heeled and what passes...
The Airwaves: Al Gore's Amazing Gift
There never was any doubt that the Clinton crowd would do it, but now the great giveaway is upon us and we should mark the year, the day, the hour, that billions of dollars' worth of public property is turned over to private interests. We speak...
Unquiet Flows the Danube
Just over a century ago, Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz evoked the grace of the Danube River with delicate crescendos of strings and brass. Received as a sensation when performed in the concert halls of Europe, the piece contributed to a practically...
Welfare's Domestic Violence: The Rules Ending Welfare as We Knew It Will Trap Women in Abusive Situations
When Bernice Haynes tried to get off welfare by enrolling in a job training program, her boyfriend tossed her textbooks in the trash. He refused to watch their two children while she was in class. And he would pick fights with her when she tried to...