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. 275, No. 5, August 5

A Different Israel
"How do you feel, being there?" my friend asked on the phone from America. I thought a minute, looking out of my Haifa hotel window at the moon rising over the sea. "Relaxed. I feel relaxed." This seemed to my friend an improbable way to feel in...
Doublespeak on Guns
In a brief filed in connection with an appeal to the Supreme Court in a gun possession case, the Bush Justice Department, breaking with sixty years of jurisprudence, asserts that individuals have a constitutionally protected right to own firearms....
Farewell, My Cokie
Speaking on NPR recently, Cokie Roberts, the soon-to-retire co-host of ABC's This Week, falsely informed her listeners that "the President was exonerated by the Securities and Exchange Commission." In fact, even though his daddy was the President...
Is This America's Top Corporate Crime Fighter? William Lerach's Legal Crusade against Enron and Infectious Greed
The cult of the CEO (as some business gurus now call it) promoted a celebration of testosterone and greed that has coarsened the culture and damaged economic life in severe ways. The adoration of corporate executives--those with a tough-guy disregard...
Librarians under Siege
It used to be a matter of flashing a badge and appealing to patriotism, but these days federal agents are finding it a little harder to get librarians to spy. Under an obscure provision of the USA Patriot Act, federal agents can obtain a warrant...
Mexico Opens the Files
Mexico City Mexico's first freedom of information initiative, signed into law by President Vicente Fox on June 10, represents a growing popular challenge to governments throughout Latin America to end corruption and guarantee openness and accountability....
Old Guard vs. New in Michigan : JOHN DINGELL AND LYNN RIVERS ARE LOCKED IN A BATTLE CAUSED BY REDISTRICTING
The dean of the United States House of Representatives is surveying his new domain. Following a nasty bout of Republican mischief at the redistricting drawing board, John Dingell has been forced back onto the campaign trail after several decades...
Our Gang in Venezuela? THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY HAS BEEN BUSY--AND FAR FROM ALONE
In the weeks before the April 12-13 coup in Venezuela, Asociacion Civil Consorcio Justicia, a legal rights outfit, was planning an April 10 conference to promote democracy in that country. At the time, Venezuela was undergoing severe political strife....
Robert I. Friedman
Robert I. Friedman, whose uncompromising investigative stories appeared in The Nation from the early 1980s onward, died July 2 in Manhattan at the age of 51. In an era of timid, corporatized journalism, Robbie was the real thing: a courageous reporter...
Sex, Morality and AIDS
Barcelona At the fourteenth international AIDS conference, the gulf between the United States and the rest of the world widened as US officials touted policies that world health experts agree are ineffective strategies for stemming the pandemic....
The Forgettable & Forgotten
MEN IN BLACK II * ROAD TO PERDITION * SUNSHINE STATE * LANGRISHE, GO DOWN Dispatches from adolescent territory reach me occasionally through my niece Michelle, who has moved into her teen years like the Wehrmacht hitting Belgium. Her most recent...
The Hog Wallow
When did the great executive stock option hog wallow really start? You can go back to the deregulatory push under Carter in the late 1970s, then move into the Reagan '80s, when corporate purchases of shares really took off with the leveraged buyouts...
The Port Huron Statement at 40 : ON THE OCCASION OF ITS ANNIVERSARY, TWO OF THE STATEMENT'S AUTHORS ASSESS ITS RELEVANCE FOR ALL THOSE TRYING TO CREATE A MORE DEMOCRATIC WORLD TODAY
In the movie The Big Lebowski, the aging, stoned hippie played by Jeff Bridges announces that he helped write the Port Huron Statement. We don't remember the "dude" being there, but it's gratifying that the founding manifesto of Students for a Democratic...
The Wages of Greed
Events in Washington are potentially momentous, but hold the applause. In late May, the Dow was at 10,300, but by mid-July it had dropped almost 2,000 points. The Nasdaq and S&P indexes are at zero gain for the past five years, as if the bubble...
Titans of the Enron Economy : The Ten Habits of Highly Defective Corporations
The pivotal lessons from the Enron debacle do not stem from any criminal wrongdoing. Most of the maneuvers leading to Enron's meltdown are not only legal, they are widely practiced. Many of the problems dramatically revealed by the Enron scandal...
War in Colombia's Oilfields : WASHINGTON'S COUNTERINSURGENCY AID WILL BE A BIG BOOST TO OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM
Arauca, Colombia Colombia's polls had been closed for only a few hours. The runner-up hadn't even conceded. The President-elect was waiting for the final results to come in before giving his victory speech. Yet there was US Ambassador Anne Patterson...