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. 269, No. 3, July 27

Blood and Gore
Vice President Al Gore is being beset by protesters over his attempts to strong-arm South Africa into barring the manufacture of cheap generic substitutes for drugs to treat its huge population that is HIV-positive or suffering with AIDS. Yet Gore's...
Blowing Smoke
The International Herald Tribune recently reported that "a group of California teen-agers has given 'There's Something About Mary' a dubious Hackademy Award for the comedy's portrayal of tobacco use, particularly in romantic scenes. 'This is exactly...
DIARY OF A MAD LAW PROFESSOR : Civil Society
"Why do you care so much?" said a white friend to me during a debate about suspect profiling. "Don't take it so personally-the police aren't after you in the black middle class. If you need something to be angry about, get angry at the young black...
Did Buffy Do It?
A new bride returns from a romantic honeymoon and opens a locked door in the family home, only to discover the mutilated corpses of her husband's six ex-wives. A teenager runs away from home to stop her father from forcing her to marry him. A man rapes...
FILM : Bridge over Troubled Water
THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE Legend has it that Potemkin, burdened by duties and melancholy, once neglected to order the packing up of one of his stage-set villages. The boards remained standing many versts outside Ivanovo in a field cut through by...
'Free-Range Rude'
Hannibal. By Thomas Harris. Delacorte. 486 pp. $27.95. Early in Hannibal, Thomas Harris's hungrily anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, an Italian chief investigator on the trail of Dr. Hannibal Lecter-seven years free, with a huge bounty...
In Fact
CLUSTER BOMBS IN KOSOVO William D. Hartung and Frida Berrigan of the World Policy Institute write: Lieut. Gareth Evans and Sgt. Balaram Rai, of the British Army's Gurkha Field Squadron, were NATO's first peacekeeping casualties in Kosovo, killed...
Letter from Iran
Hossein, a young newspaper vendor, is a revolutionary. I recently fell victim to his revolutionary subterfuge at his newsstand near Teheran's Revolution Square, a choked and crowded downtown district where massive images of the late Ayatollah Khomeini...
Letters
(some) pharmacists vs. preven Lansing, Mich. I applaud your coverage of the Preven issue and note the near- total absence of it in the mainstream press ["Morning-After Pill Ban," June 21]. The precedent potential of allowing pharmacies to refuse...
Millions for Viagra, Pennies for Diseases of the PoorResearch Money Goes to Profitable Lifestyle Drugs
Almost three times as many people, most of them in tropical countries of the Third World, die of preventable, curable diseases as die of AIDS. Malaria, tuberculosis, acute lower-respiratory infections-in 1998, these claimed 6.1 million lives. People...
On the Brink in Kashmir
In early May, as the snows melted along the Karakoram Range, Indian troops on routine border patrols discovered that three strategic salients-Dras, Kargil and Batalik-in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir had been occupied by insurgents. These...
Public $, Private Gain
The drug companies defend their extraordinary profit margins, and their neglect of tropical disease, by pointing to the risks and costs of R&D. According to PhRMA, the costs run to an average of about $500 million per new drug, a figure routinely...
Rehnquist's Revenge
William Rehnquist may be the most patient and unyielding radical ever to occupy high office in America. As a young Republican lawyer in the fifties and early sixties, he held aloft the banner of state sovereignty as a vehicle for resisting desegregation....
'Snake Eat Snake'
From Israel to Damascus: The Painful Road of Blood, Betrayal and Deception. Robert Maroun Hatem Pride International. 172 pp. $42.99. A few years ago, one of Lebanon's giddier periodicals, suitably titled Prestige, published as its cover story an interview...
Social Security for Women
Despite the rosy projections and numerical alchemy that proponents employ to push their cause, privatizing Social Security won't build much wealth for women, and it will leave elderly women, particularly widows, worse off than they are now. "For many...
Still Stiffing the UN
In late June the Senate offered the United Nations another take- it-or-leave-it deal to settle its long-past-due bills. The deal is wrong ethically as well as practically, in terms of US interests. Even as Senators Joe Biden and Jesse Helms congratulated...
Stones and Roses in North Richmond
Back in late 1996, poor neighborhoods on the West Coast-South Central LA, for example, and North Richmond in the Bay Area- seethed at the disclosure that at the precise moment the government's Drug War had been putting their people in prison, the government's...
The Global Turning : The Recent Crisis Has Opened the Way to a New Era of Progressive Reform
On June 12 President Clinton traveled to the University of Chicago, Milton Friedman's free-market bastion, to call for a progressive project to reform the global marketplace. We need trade agreements, he argued, "that lift everybody up, not pull everybody...
The Non-Silence of the Un-Lamblike
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. By David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. 273 pp. $24. After the success of Infinite Jest in 1996, David Foster Wallace took a vacation from fiction and, perhaps, from fans' expectations with A Supposedly Fun Thing...
What the Media Isn't Telling You
About Bertelsmann's Hidden Nazi Past In an expose trumpeted in papers coast to coast, The Nation revealed that Bertelsmann-the largest book publisher in the US-has carefully hidden its stalwart complicity with the Third Reich. About Russia In "Harvard...