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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. 20, December 9

Age of Anxiety. (Editorials)
A spate of recent terrorism events--the bombing of a French tanker, the destruction of a nightclub in Bali, an FBI warning of a "spectacular" Al Qaeda action and the surfacing of a new Osama bin Laden tape indicating that the Al Qaeda leader is...
Almodovar's World
TALK TO HER * 8 MILE November has been melodrama month at the movies. First Todd Haynes brought us Far From Heaven, which he ought to have called Imitation of Imitation. Now comes Pedro Almodovar with Talk to Her, so we can see the real thing....
Antiwar Labor Pains: Unions Are Edging into the Peace Movement, but They Are Still Minor Players. (Articles)
This article inaugurates a new series, "Waging Peace," covering the movement that is emerging across America--in union halls, in churches, on campuses, on the streets, even in some corporate and government quarters--to oppose war on Iraq.--The Editors...
Banishing Bilingualism. (Comment)
Within the next decade, 30-40 percent of current public school teachers in the United States will retire, opening up more than 700,000 teaching positions. This provides a great opportunity to develop energized young teachers who could revitalize...
Environment. (There Is No Silver Lining)
It was a very off-year election for environmentalists. Along with the House and White House, they now have to deal with a Republican Senate in which the Environment and Public Works Committee has slipped from the hands of Independent Jim Jeffords...
Gore Story. (Comment)
"Debacle 2002" is already in reruns but has been replaced by a new dramatic series called "Zero 4," which chronicles some familiar characters and a few new faces running for President. Despite the tired premise, the show opened with a punchy plot...
Intelligentsia at Play
Tom Stoppard's Coast of Utopia As a playwright who loves to travel through time, Tom Stoppard is unstoppable. There seem few boundaries to the daring theatrical voyages he takes, and little limit, either, to his imaginative configurations of ...
Israel's Choice. (Comment)
Jerusalem Returning to Israel after an extended absence can be a disturbing experience. On the way back from the airport to my Jerusalem apartment, I noticed new posters tacked onto utility poles and bridges along the highway. They read: TRANSFER...
Letters
ELECTION 2002 & YOU San Jacinto, Calif. * I am angry at a political party that stood meekly by while right-wing Republicans took control of all three branches of government. I am angry at a party that lost consciousness in the year 2000...
Media Deregulation. (There Is No Silver Lining)
One major victor on election night was Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (and son of the Secretary of State). Powell's principal Congressional critic--Democrat Ernest "Fritz" Hollings--lost the chair of the powerful...
Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?
How dismal was election night 2002? At the party I attended, the mood was so glum that one young man stood up in the TV room and announced that he had just the thing to cheer us up: A five-minute compilation of commercials from Paul Wellstone's...
Straw Liberals and False Prophets
One big problem with liberal and leftist debate about Al Qaeda or Iraq is that it rarely seems to have much to do with Al Qaeda or Iraq. Too often it is about settling personal and political scores, which invites both liberal impotence and conservative...
There Is No Silver Lining: With Republicans in Full Control in Washington, Next Year's Prospects Are Grim. (Articles)
With the Senate, the House and the White House all under Republican control beginning in January, not only will issues of concern to progressives be far less likely to get discussed in Capitol Hill committee rooms but activists will have a much...
Tortured Logic. (in Cold Type)
The current Salmagundi (Summer-Fall 2002) has a section on what it calls "Femicons" (the category includes articles on Emma Goldman, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Willa Cather); but before that comes a stunning "Letter from Paris" by the writer...
Waiting for Bioterror: Is Our Public Health System Ready? (Articles)
Just before the July 4 holiday this past summer, as National Guardsmen with sniffer dogs monitored the nation's bridges and airports, Jerome Hauer, an assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, dispatched a technician to Atlanta...