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 November 23

A Letter from Jerusalem
WYE DIDN'T CHANGE THE FACT THAT NEITHER SIDE BELIEVES THE OTHER WANTS PEACE. As the Wye Middle East peace talks were concluding in late October, I crossed the tightly guarded checkpoint at Erez and wound through the dusty streets of Gaza to the...
Living Wage, Live Action
SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS SHOW THE VALUE OF STRONG ORGANIZING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. This past summer, security workers at LAX airport in Los Angeles began their first-ever union organizing drive. They were motivated, labor activists say, by the city's...
Notes for a Progressive Agenda
A RANK-AND-FILE POLL FINDS STRONG CONSENSUS ON PROBLEMS, LESS ON SOLUTIONS. Most political strategists assume the road to victory is through the middle. What if, instead of fishing for supporters in the center, progressives began by getting our...
Polly Jean's Psychodramas
IS THIS DESIRE? When Ani DiFranco and a lot of neofolkpunk whatever types grow up, they might want to become Polly Jean Harvey. Not that they could. Even a protean young maestro like Beck can't touch her. Her conceptual palette keeps growing. Her...
Progressive Politics and What Lies Ahead
Americans seem to be experiencing a kind of political schizophrenia. Our economy is strong, we are told, and yet insecurity and inequality continue to gnaw at the fabric of our society and at the hearts of many of its members. Picking up our "First...
`Scandal Fatigue ...'
Our mailbag--like Congress and the media--runneth over with Clinton/Lewinsky/Starr. Letters are angry, gloating, amused distressed, fearful. Readers are "sickened," "saddened" and "outraged." Many letters begin, "I've never written a letter to the...
The Rapist and the Snitch
"So it turns out Koestler was a rapist. I can't say I'm surprised." It's bracing to have one's dislikes confirmed, and since I've always thought Arthur Koestler was a shit, I hastened to get back to my sister-in-law, Janet Montefiore, who had phoned...
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Slack-jawed amazement has greeted the news that Thomas Jefferson really did father at least one of Sally Hemings's children. Shock is the innocent offspring of ignorance, I suppose. By most estimates at least four-fifths of African-Americans have some...
Zapatista Realidad
A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS You've seen the images before: rows of poor Latin American villagers, bent over their candles at a nighttime vigil. You expect to see furrowed hands stretch toward a crucifix, touching feet carved and painted in an agony as...