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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. 19, December 2

Alien Nation. (Comment)
When immigrant janitors in Boston went on strike this fall, they attracted some unlikely allies. While students and religious and community leaders were quick to lend their authority to the cause, urging higher wages and better benefits for the...
And Now the Good News. (Comment)
With the final tallies from the November 5 election now posted, it can be said with assurance that this Election Day will not be remembered as a bright spot on progressive calendars. There were, however, a few points of light: * Indiana Democratic...
Guns `R' U.S. (Articles)
Terrorists and gun smugglers like to buy guns in America because of the abundant inventory at gun shops and gun shows, and the laxity of US gun-law enforcement. Here are a few examples: * Venezuela In July a Venezuelan national and a US citizen...
Half a Victory at the UN. (Comment)
Iraq's decision to accept the United Nations Security Council resolution, passed unanimously on November 8, sets in motion a tightly scripted plan for UN arms inspectors to return to Iraq. Baghdad's ambassador, Muhammad al-Douri, delivered his government's...
Letter from Newark
The eleventh floor of the federal building in Newark is not a place anyone visits by choice. The air-conditioning is always either too cold or not cold enough. Even though at this height there would be an impressive view of Manhattan and its bridges,...
Letters
`BAFFLED' BY POLLITT Princeton, NJ * A war on Iraq may be a bad idea on balance, but I am baffled by Katha Pollitt's main argument against it ["Subject to Debate," Oct. 14]. Pollitt concedes that Saddam Hussein is a murderous dictator. She...
Ralph, Don't Run: Let's Take Back the Democratic Party and Do All We Can to Beat Bush in 2004. (Articles)
Given the GOP sweep in the midterm elections, progressives and populists must position themselves to play a pivotal role in the next presidential contest. As we demonstrated in 2000, we are a fragmented political force, divided between those who...
Ready to Rumble? Nancy Pelosi a Democratic Leader Who Knows How to Fight and What to Fight for. (Articles)
When House Democratic whip Nancy Pelosi sat down for a live interview with CNN's Judy Woodruff three days after the November 5 election, every question from Woodruff featured some variation on the theme that "electing a liberal like you to the [House]...
Stand Up, Fight Back. (Editorials)
In defeat, Democrats have convened their perennial circular firing squad, issuing salvos of what Groucho Marx used to call departee--what they should have said. Everyone agrees, belatedly, that Democrats should stand up and fight for something....
Take Two Aspirin
Well, the elephant is out of the barn now. Congress is lost and whither Congress, so will go the courts. The executive branch has laid out an agenda that indicates someone got as far as the first half of the adventures of Augustus Caesar and never...
The Antiwar Movement and Its Critics
Do we have an antiwar movement? We're getting there. We must be, because we're catching flak from the anti-antiwar movement, Light Infantry Division, staffed by Marc Cooper, Todd Gitlin, David Corn and Christopher Hitchens. Cooper, like Gitlin,...
The Guns of Opa-Locka: How US Dealers Arm the World: Even after September 11, America Remains a Global Shopping Center for Terrorists, Mercenaries and International Criminals of All Stripes. (Articles)
A few years ago, the government of Colombia asked the United States to trace nearly fifty MAK-90 rifles it had seized from the National Liberation Army, or ELN. It turned out these rifles had been obtained by Colombian gun traffickers after being...
When in Rome ...: At a V-Day Summit, Feminist Antiviolence Activists Shared Strategy and Gnocchi. (Articles)
On September 29, while Tony Blair was arguing for Britain to align itself with Bush on war in Iraq, female Labour Party MPs were speaking up for vaginas. In fact, they were doing the first-ever parliamentary performance of Eve Ensler's play, The...