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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. 267, No. 6, August 24

1984 and All That
In Victor Navasky's friendly review of Ellen Schrecker's Many Are the Crimes, the most recent of her efforts to recast the history of the American Communist Party in a more, indulgent light ["Dialectical McCarthyism(s)," July 20], there appears...
Abstracting Soutine
In his catalogue essay for the 1950 exhibition of Chaim Soutine's paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, Monroe Wheeler asked whether the artist "might be called an abstract expressionist?" The question was in part rhetorical: There had to have been...
After Flint
On the afternoon of July 29, several hundred members of United Auto Workers Local 659 returned to the General Motors metal-stamping plant at the edge of Flint. Their two-month strike, along with that of a sibling local across town at the Delphi East...
Anti-Social Security
"Privatizing at least a portion of Social Security is now pretty much a foregone conclusion," reads a memo the libertarian-conservative Cato Institute fax-blasts to reporters. The Washington Post reports that "political momentum" is building "for...
Cuba's Suspended Revolution
On many nights, just after dark, the lights and fans in Osmel and Milay Casa's Alamar neighborhood flicker and then go out. In today's Cuba, there's not quite enough electricity to go around. So in a practiced routine, residents slowly tile out of...
Fresh Greens
On June 24 every New Democrat from President Clinton on down woke up to the realization that in at least one state in America the left exists--a left that gets votes. That was the day after the people of New Mexico's First Congressional district gave...
Gadjo Dilo
The photographers of the American Civil War recorded not the battle but its aftermath: the field, debris-strewn and unpopulated, where a famous general fell. In the 1860s cameras were able to capture such scenes of eerie calm, eloquent in their desolation;...
Grand (Jury) Inquisitors
By the time you read this, if the leaks were accurate, Monica Lewinsky will have testified before Kenneth Starr's grand jury that she and President Clinton had sexual relations. But Lewinsky will also have testified that she herself wrote the famous...
Lethal Weapon 4
The photographers of the American Civil War recorded not the battle but its aftermath: the field, debris-strewn and unpopulated, where a famous general fell. In the 1860s cameras were able to capture such scenes of eerie calm, eloquent in their desolation;...
Lolita
Somewhere around the point Lolita spits her dental retainer into Humbert Humbert's glass and then forces him to shove it back into her mouth while they sit on the porch with her mother, it becomes clear that far from sharing Vladimir Nabokov's urge...
Masterpiece Theatre
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, is a better book than The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing. Deliverance, by James Dickey, is a more significant, richer, deeper and more formally satisfying novel than Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. The Heart...
More Tales of the City
Somewhere around the point Lolita spits her dental retainer into Humbert Humbert's glass and then forces him to shove it back into her mouth while they sit on the porch with her mother, it becomes clear that far from sharing Vladimir Nabokov's urge...
Saving Private Ryan
The photographers of the American Civil War recorded not the battle but its aftermath: the field, debris-strewn and unpopulated, where a famous general fell. In the 1860s cameras were able to capture such scenes of eerie calm, eloquent in their desolation;...
Seventh Heaven
The photographers of the American Civil War recorded not the battle but its aftermath: the field, debris-strewn and unpopulated, where a famous general fell. In the 1860s cameras were able to capture such scenes of eerie calm, eloquent in their desolation;...
Sex and the City
Somewhere around the point Lolita spits her dental retainer into Humbert Humbert's glass and then forces him to shove it back into her mouth while they sit on the porch with her mother, it becomes clear that far from sharing Vladimir Nabokov's urge...
Somewhere over the Rainbow: Jesse Jackson's Journey to 2000
The Jesse Jackson I caught up with at his Chicago headquarters one recent summer morning seemed more subdued, more reflective, more tired than usual. However, that's not to say that Reverend, as his staff simply but respectfully calls him, isn't still...
The Press Devours Its Own
Two years ago, almost to the day, Gary Webb's series "Dark Alliance," on contra complicity in the trafficking of drugs into areas such as South Central Los Angeles, appeared in the San dose Mercury News. The series should have earned Webb the respect...