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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. 21, December 21

A Bug's Life
The technique known as CGI is a Frankensteinian art, as unsettling to consider as it is difficult to pronounce, the full name being "computer-generated imagery." Dark thoughts begin to stir, as I ponder its utility to the forces of capital. Skillfully...
Babe: Pig in the City
Perhaps there's also a Marxist subtext to be found in Babe: Pig in the City, a sequel that has been anticipated and dreaded in equal measure by those of us who love the original. The first Babe was not only a great film but one that had not been expected....
Beat the Devil
Years ago I persuaded Andrew Kopkind to help me drive a 1962 Imperial LeBaron from Coral Gables to Vermont. We had not been many hours on the road before Andrew's skills in using his credit card were pressed into service as, one after the other, all...
Diary of a Mad Law Professor
A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on a small civic flap taking place in Ocoee, Florida. The citizenry is trying to decide whether to put up a memorial to the African-American community that lived there until 1920. When two of its residents...
Letters
RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL Cambridge, Mass. Philip Klinkner's "The `Racial Realism' Hoax" a review on racial realists in last week's issue, exhibits certain bad intellectual traits that should be repudiated. First, the initial sentence...
Payback Time for Pinochetistas
The ongoing detention of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the piling up of international charges against him and his possible trial in Spain or some other European country has radically redrawn the Chilean political map. After years of being pushed aside, the...
Prisoner Pinochet
The Dictator and the Quest for Justice London It was just before midnight when two detectives from Scotland Yard's organized crime division slipped into the quiet halls of the upscale London Clinic. The British agents quickly secured the private...
Rothko's Material Beauty
When Abstract Expressionism began to enter American consciousness, it was not uncommon for magazines to publish photo essays in which a painting would be juxtaposed with a piece of the real world to which it somehow seemed to correspond. A great deal...
Should America Be Measured by Its 3.5 Million Millionaires ... or by Its 30 Million Hungry?
The volatile stock market has soared beyond any reasonable expectation. So has hunger among Americans--up 50% since 1985. What's going on here? For twenty-three years, the Institute for Food and Development Policy--Food First, co-founded by Diet...