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. 21, June 2

Africa after Mobutu
Nothing illustrates the changing face of African diplomacy better than the image of U.S. envoy Bill Richardson desperately but unsuccessfully trying to get in on the act of brokering a settlement in Zaire. The United States was not welcome: Ailing...
A New Arms Code
There is a certain irony about a country living in peace: The world tends to lose interest in its fate. Mechanisms that maintain and foster peace, promote human development or resolve conflicts pacifically are much less interesting than a good...
C.I.A., Crack, the Media
The never-ending saga of the San Jose Mercury News, the C.I.A., contras and crack dealers took yet another strange twist recently when the newspaper's editor saw fit to issue a public apology. Gary Webb's four-part series last year, "Dark Alliance,"...
De Jure, De Facto, De Media
On TV. An interview with a senior golf pro whose race is completely unimportant because as we all know color is an untenable way to look at the world and an incoherent explanation of social phenomena with no moral claim beyond effrontery. He...
Fixing the Fed
The Federal Reserve has lost a P.R. battle: No one supported its last rise in interest rates. Business spokespersons were strikingly hostile; the Democratic leadership called on Chairman Alan Greenspan not to hike them again; and critical voices...
Four Million Houseguests
It's as monumental as Pikes Peak, as brightly colored as a coral reef, and it comes our way with the inevitability of a thunderstorm. Hard to recall that The Fifth Element is not a product of natural forces. Money created it--but gradually, over...
Hamill to Celebs: Drop Dead
Less than six months into his job as editor and secular savior of the much-abused New York Daily News, Pete Hamill is already under the gun. Circulation is down because of printing and delivery problems at a new plant in New Jersey and a drop in...
Laboring against Suharto
Anyone searching for signs of democracy in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country and one of the emerging "new tigers" of Asia, can ignore the parliamentary elections scheduled for May 29. The result is certain: The party of President...
Murray Kempton: Reporter
First Herb Caen, now Murray Kempton. Given that Herb was 80 and Murray 79, one can scarcely say they were torn from us before their time, yet there is a sense of unseemly abruptness in their departures, no doubt because they kept writing until...
The 1997 Whitney Biennial
As the elevator doors open onto successive floors of the 1997 Whitney Biennial, visitors will glimpse the following works: a black-on-white silhouett in the style of Goethe's era but wall-sized and spectacularly indecorous; an assemblage of thirty-odd...
The Fifth Element
It's as monumental as Pikes Peak, as brightly colored as a coral reef, and it comes our way with the inevitability of a thunderstorm. Hard to recall that The Fifth Element is not a product of natural forces. Money created it--but gradually, over...
Welfare Reform Skips School
With the passage last summer of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, President Clinton declared that welfare had become "a way out," not "a way of life." As a single mother who struggled on welfare to raise a healthy,...
When Push Comes to Shove: Who Is Welfare Reform Really Helping?
It was quite a scene inside the Maryland state capitol's ornate public works hearing room one April morning, as a small knot of gray-suited, wooden-faced lobbyists, used to having the ample public audience space to themselves, saw it suddenly invaded...