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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. 269, No. 8, September 20

A New Day for Labor
It's been an eventful year for organized labor. The unionization of 5,000 workers at a Fieldcrest Cannon plant in Kannapolis, North Carolina, cracking open the bastion of Sun Belt conservatism, has the sweetness of a Norma Rae labor victory delayed...
An Old City Seeks A New Model : Baltimore Moves toward 'Medicalization'
In early December 1984, an undercover police officer named Marcellus Ward met with a pair of heroin dealers above a candy store in southwest Baltimore. Ward had planned to make a buy, then an arrest. But when Drug Enforcement Administration agents...
Beyond Legalization
I'm encouraged to see how much common ground there is between my colleagues and me. But some key differences remain. Peter Kornbluh contends that the distorting effect of all those CIA exposes is temporary, that in the long run they reinforce popular...
Beyond the Drug War
Most of the media regard the coy refusal of George W. Bush to indicate whether he did or did not use cocaine-when he was, in his words, "young and irresponsible"-as a simple matter of candidate candor. But this battle of wills between Bush and the...
Buchanan Breaks Ranks
In Washington, a city in which (to borrow a phrase from Virginia Woolf) all is gossip, corruption and chatter, the end-of-summer buzz has been about Pat Buchanan and whether he'll bolt the Republicans to seek the Reform Party presidential nomination....
Does Europe Do It Better? : Lessons from Holland, Britain and Switzerland
Listen to a debate among drug policy advocates and you're likely to hear impassioned claims about the brilliant success (or dismal failure) of more "liberal" approaches in certain European countries. Frequently, however, such claims are based on false...
Doing Time-In Rehab : Drug Courts Keep Addicts out of Jail
Courtroom 202 in the District of Columbia's courthouse looks much like any other inner-city courtroom-windowless, dimly lit, filled with the city's downtrodden and the lawyers who prosecute and defend them. On a Thursday morning, Judge Russell Canan...
George Soros's Long Strange Trip : A Philanthropist Defies Drug War Orthodoxy
One thing about George Soros everyone can agree on: He isn't worried what people think of him. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad blamed the American billionaire for nearly ruining Malaysia's economy with massive currency speculation. Hard-core...
Holbrooke's Time to Lead
In assuming his position at the United Nations, ambassador Richard Holbrooke brings his personal access to power, a sharp intelligence and a capacity, unusual in government, to translate ideas into action. It is a time of continuing opportunity at...
Humiliation with a Smile
THE MUSE BEDROOMS & HALLWAYS To suffer humiliation can be tragic. To bear humiliation for much longer than necessary, yet with loud impatience, is the comic gift of Albert Brooks. For some twenty years, beginning with Real Life, Brooks has presented...
Life of A Scandal
In mid-October 1996, two months after the publication of Gary Webb's series "Dark Alliance" in the San Jose Mercury News, an extraordinary town meeting took place in Compton, California, one of the South Central neighborhoods of LA ravaged by the crack...
Marijuana Made Easy : Armies of Experts Sell a Little White Pill
For more than half a century, the US government has maintained a hard line on marijuana, denying that the plant has any medical value at all. But in the period since 1996, during which voters in several states have approved the medical use of marijuana...
New Ideas for Ending the War on Drugs : It's Time for Realism
Among readers of The Nation who follow the drug issue, it's an article of faith that the war on drugs has failed miserably. The clogging of our prisons with low-level drug offenders, the widespread curtailment of civil liberties in the name of drug...
Perils of Prohibition
Over the years Michael Massing has done a highly effective job of reporting on America's various drug war failures, but he now seems unable to face his own facts. While admitting that the drug war is a disaster on almost every front, he seems to be...
Silence on El Salvador
On December 2, 1980, a terrible crime was committed in El Salvador. Four US churchwomen-three nuns and one lay worker-were raped and brutally murdered by members of the Salvadoran National Guard. While four low-level guardsmen were later convicted...
The Commentary School of Falsification
Israeli schoolchildren returned to their desks this year to find a new history curriculum. In place of the self-pitying and self-justifying standard story about the War of Independence, with its David and Goliath mythology and its deceitful propaganda...
The Drug War's Color Line : Black Leaders Shift Stances on Sentencing
While on the Washington, DC, Superior Court in the eighties, Judge Reggie Walton was known for imposing long sentences on the young black offenders who came before him and for lecturing them about how they had let down their community. As associate...
The Road to Reform : Activists Need Fresh Strategies to Win
Nearly everyone seems to agree that the war on drugs has been a disaster, but little progress in ending it has been made. Many mainstream figures, including current drug czar (and retired four-star general) Barry McCaffrey and former drug czar (and...
Waco Revisited
Legislators are calling for a full investigation into federal agents' use of incendiary devices when they moved against the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993. It has now been revealed that the agents lobbed heat-generating gas canisters...
Weird Science
My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life. Let the "secular humanists" have all the good colleges and get all the...
Yes, Treatment, But
Michael Massing has written thoughtfully about the follies of American drug policy in the past, and I'm sympathetic to many things he says in this piece. It's true that progressives have often been unhappily divided over what to do about drugs, and...