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. 266, No. 13, April 13

Did Someone Say 'Hypocrites'?
The day after Kathleen Willey's appearance on 60 Minutes, any feminist who didn't join Patricia Ireland in declaring that if these allegations were true President Clinton had committed a sexual assault got the scarlet H for hypocrisy. I know this...
Labor Days of Outrage
The A.F.L.-C.I.O. spent the first two years of shake-'em-up president John Sweeney's term struggling to overcome internal inertia--"changing to organize and organizing to change." The results began to show last year when 400,000 Americans were added...
Martha Gellhorn, Journalist
Martha Gellhorn, who died in February at age 89, had good timing: "I feel that I managed my birthdate just about right," she once noted. Gellhorn traversed the globe for more than sixty years, covering the making of the modem world, especially as...
New Minefields for N.G.O.S: After the War on Landmines, These Organizations Started New Campaigns
It was a delicious moment of triumph. Pictured on the front page of The New York Times was Jody Williams, emerging barefoot from her rural Vermont house after having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for coordinating the International Campaign to...
Off with Their Heads!
The Czar is bountiful, but alas, the evil servants are distorting his good intentions. Away with them! This ploy, going back to prerevolutionary days, has been so used and abused by the present regime that by now it can hardly fool many Russians....
Random Violence
The Justice Department filed suit Monday to block Bertelsmann's planned acquisition of Random House, contending that a combination of these two leading publishers posed a threat to the nation's intellectual defenses. "This merger isn't just about...
Saddam's (Non-C.I.A.) Opposition
During the last "Gulf War," I was invited by CNN to have a debate with Charlton Heston on the subject--it was obviously H day in the Atlanta Desert Storm Rolodex--and decided, in the shower that morning, that I would challenge him on what he knew...
Taste of Cherry
Written, produced, edited and directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Taste of Cherry a masterpiece--and masterpieces, like strange dogs, should not be approach in haste. I will take my cue from the author himself, who lets twenty-three minutes go by in this...
The Biotech Century: Human Life as Intellectual Property
In little more than a generation, our definition of life and the meaning of existence is likely to be radically altered. Long-held assumptions about nature, including our own human nature, are likely to be rethought. Many age-old practices regarding...
The Indecent Standard
I had thought the battle over the use of "indecency" and "sacrilege" as criteria to restrain speech had ended by the late sixties. The great obscenity struggles had been won: D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce and Henry Miller could be published; the Supreme...
The Myth of Student Apathy
The front-page headline in the January Los Angeles Times didn't mince words: "Freshmen Get High Marks--in Apathy." The story summarized a U.C.L.A.-sponsored national survey of first-year college students that found growing careerism and declining...
The Real Dirt
Scandal? You want scandal? Washington is overflowing with it. Not just busy presidential hands, White House blowjobs and plots to suborn perjury. How about evidence that the C.I.A. was in league with drug thugs? Or proof that mega-money interests...