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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. 275, No. 14, October 28

Ashcroft, Unabashed. (Comment)
There you go again, Mr. Ashcroft. In an address to a national US Attorneys' conference on October 1, Attorney General John Ashcroft lashed out at critics of his antiterrorism measures, accusing them of engaging in "disdain and ridicule," of opposing...
A Union on the Line: With Its Future at Stake, the ILWU Will Not Go Down without a Fight. (Articles)
Oakland Dozens of longshoremen and women surrounded Richard Mead, president of the San Francisco dockworkers' local, in front of the harbor terminal at the end of Oakland's Seventh Street Pier. All the gates in the port were padlocked shut. The...
Blood for Oil. (Comment)
In May 2001, the White House issued a National Energy Policy report, known as the Cheney Report: the state of our national oil reserves. In 2000, half the oil we consumed was imported. By 2020, two-thirds will have to be imported. Where will it...
Could Turnout Turn Jeb out? Opponents of the Florida Governor Are Organizing Voters Still Angry about 2000. (Articles)
Quincy, Florida On the grounds outside the Gadsden County Courthouse, not far from the monument honoring Confederate soldiers, is a sign that recalls how the Florida Panhandle county has "provided Governors, Supreme Court Justices and numerous...
Dems Roll over, Film at 11
As in a paranoid novel by Don DeLillo, it all comes together in the end. The Democrats can't stand up to Bush on Iraq because they're afraid of looking soft on terrorism and Saddam Hussein--but they can't change the subject and attack the Republicans...
Letters
THE WAGES OF TINSELTOWN Los Angeles * Film critic John Anderson's review of Radical Hollywood by Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner ["Screening Our Politics," Aug. 19/26] shows a conventional disregard of Hollywood labor history. He writes that last...
Letter to America
Concerned that a needed international perspective is missing from the debate over US foreign policy, The Nation asked a number of distinguished foreign writers and thinkers to share their reflections. This is the third in that series.--The Editors...
License to Kill
Bowling for Columbine * How to Draw a Bunny. The closest thing you get to a dull moment in Michael Moore's latest picture, Bowling for Columbine, is an interview with Marilyn Manson. Looking sylphlike in his concert get-up--his face slashed ear-to-ear...
Lula's Back in Town. (Comment)
On October 6 Brazilian voters propelled Workers' Party candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva, or "Lula," as he is known, one step closer to the presidency of the second-most-populous country in the Americas. It remains to be seen whether Brazil will help...
Making the World Safe from Evil: Current US Foreign Policy Is the Most Incoherent It Has Been in Recent Memory. (Articles)
So this is the way the cold war finally ends: not with a whimper but a bang. Ever since Mikhail Gorbachev chose not to mobilize massive Soviet armies on the soil of East Germany and other Communist states to save them from their own people, thus...
Peace Gets a Chance. (Comment)
"You look beautiful," shouted more than one speaker to the crowd that gathered in New York's Central Park on Sunday, October 6, to protest George W. Bush's "war on the world," most urgently the impending invasion of Iraq. The lively and youthful...
Sowing Disaster? How Genetically Engineered American Corn Has Altered the Global Landscape. (Articles) (Cover Story)
It's an hour-and-a-half drive over switchbacks from the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca to the village of Capulalpan, a settlement of some 1,500 people nestled in the Sierra Norte Mountains. The thick forest and remoteness of this mountainous region...
The Dangerous Restaurant. (Comment)
I was having dinner at a rather expensive restaurant the other night when a man I'd never met before threatened to kill me. He was a distinguished-looking fellow, dressed in a dark suit. I was walking by some appetizing desserts when he approached...
The Fear Factor. (Editorials)
George Bush's speech from Cincinnati was calm, composed, reasonable--a studied performance calculated to win plaudits from the punditry and the consent of Congress to an Iraq resolution tailored to his specifications. Yet beneath the dulcet tones...
Tony Mazzocchi, `Labor Guy'. (Going Down the Road)
Out in the countryside is where you'll find America's true leaders--the gutsy, scrappy, sometimes scruffy and always ingenious grassroots agitators and organizers who go right into the face of the powerful elite, not merely speaking truth to power...
US Double Standards. (Comment)
The effort by the Bush Administration and Congress to portray the planned invasion of Iraq as simply an effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions reaches a new low in double standards. A survey of the nearly 1,500 resolutions...
Welfare's True Colors. (Comment)
With the 1996 welfare law expiring this fall, Congressmembers would do well to stop congratulating themselves on its alleged successes and turn their attention to the glaring failures of the new system. Devolution, or the defederalization of public...