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. 8, September 16

As Brazil Goes ... (Comment)
"In the Roman empire, only Romans voted. In modern global capitalism, only Americans vote," declared George Soros in June. "Brazilians do not vote." He spoke too soon. With only weeks remaining till the presidential election on October 6, Workers...
Auteur, Auteur!
Simone * In Praise of Love The streets of lower Manhattan are deserted--also spotlessly clean and glowing in the light of the golden hour--when the studio head takes the movie director outside to tell him he's washed up. Those were great dreams...
Bad Meat: The Scandal of Our Food Safety System. (Comment)
In a summer full of headlines about corporate misdeeds and irresponsibility, ConAgra's massive recall in July stands apart. The defective product wasn't fiber optic cable, energy futures or some esoteric financial instrument. It was bad meat--almost...
Booby Traps at Rio + 10. (Comments)
Johannesburg When Rio hosted the first Earth Summit in 1992, there was so much goodwill surrounding the event that it was nicknamed, without irony, the Summit to Save the World. This week in Johannesburg, at the follow-up conference known as...
Book Reviewing, African-American Style
On April 14, my review of Maya Angelou's A Song Flung Up to Heaven appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review. I finally assessed the book thusly: In writing that is bad to God-awful, Song is a tell-all that tells nothing in empty phrases...
Head for the Hills. (in Cold Type)
As summer winds down, retreats and vacations come to an end (no more toasted marshmallows) and regular life begins again, with everyday chores like buying new shoes for children and paying long-ignored bills and getting files back in order--the...
Hey, He's Bruce
Bruce Springsteen When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, reunited to tour behind The Rising, came to Madison Square Garden on August 12, they juxtaposed "41 Shots," Springsteen's powerful song about Amadou Diallo's shooting by NYPD officers,...
Hijackers I Have Known
I have met three hijackers in my life, and I hope I do not sound crabby and disillusioned if I add that the standard of hijacking is not what it used to be. The first hijacker I knew was the first civilian on record to use civil aviation to make...
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America's rate of unwanted pregnancy is a huge public health scandal, but five years after being approved by the FDA, emergency contraception--the use of normal birth control pills to block pregnancy within seventy-two hours of unprotected sex--has...
Letter from Iraqi Kurdistan
Qala Diza The view, like so many in Iraqi Kurdistan, was special, and for the tenth time that day I asked Meriwan, my long-suffering driver, to stop so I could take a picture. Stretching out before us was a vast, fertile plain patterned with...
Letters
More fun than a barrel of... Princeton, NJ In an accurate review of Jonathan Marks's loosely argued What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee, Micaela di Leonardo passes on to readers the misleading impression that the Great Ape Project uses the genetic...
Miami Heat: An Antigay Ballot Initiative Spurs Some Surprising Political Coalitions
When the Christian Coalition began to look around three years ago for constituencies to support the repeal of Miami's gay-rights law, they might have cast hungry looks at the area's Cubans. After all, Miami's Cuban-Americans are famous around the...
Mitchell Paints a Picture
JOAN MITCHELL In Empire Falls, Richard Russo's neo-Dickensian novel of a dying mill-town in central Maine, the high school art teacher is portrayed as something of a soul-killer. Indifferent if not hostile to signs of true creativity in her students,...
The American Creed: US Values Rest Historically on a Spiritual Foundation Grounded in Nature
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional will almost certainly be struck down in any ruling by the Supreme Court. Though the contested words "under God" were added...
The Imperial Presidency. (Editorials)
The August 26 speech by Vice President Dick Cheney at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Nashville has made at least two things clear: first, that the Bush Administration is fully committed to launching a war against Iraq with the aim of...
The Shame of Meatpacking. (Articles)
The strike began, Maria Martinez recalls, because a worker on the loin line wasn't keeping up with the pace of production. When a supervisor pulled him into the office, some thirty workers, Martinez among them, dropped their knives and followed...