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March 9, 2006

Gilberto Perez reviews The Power of Movies, a new book by Colin McGinn, who asserts that films are the medium best suited to imitate the workings of the dreaming mind.

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Gerald Early reviews At Canaan's Edge, a relentlessly detailed narrative of Martin Luther King's desperate struggle to save the civil rights movement.

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Mark Hertsgaard writes that Pete McCloskey, the first Republican member of Congress to call for Nixon's impeachment and withdrawal from Vietnam, has resurfaced at 78 to challenge Richard Pombo and the Iraq War.

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John Nichols writes that the antiwar messages most likely to be heard and acted upon by Congressional Democrats and wavering Republicans will come from their hometowns, where a growing number of activists are organizing with an eye toward communicating to Congress.

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March 7, 2006

Cynthia Enloe writes that on this year's International Women's Day, antiwar feminists take note of how our society has become increasingly militarized as a cult of masculinity has tightened its grip on American politics.

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March 6, 2006

Richard Kim says that the movie's Oscar is White Hollywood's way of rewarding its version of "compassionate conservatism."

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March 2, 2006

The right-wing hijacking of the role of religion in our political discourse is as undeniable as it is inappropriate. Eric Alterman explains the media's willful ignorance on the subject and why the disconnect on religion is one of liberalism's most serious problems.

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Tim Shorrock examines how telecommunications giants are aiding the National Security Administration's warrantless spying program.

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Simon Maxwell Apter writes on the human cost of war in Corvallis, Oregon, and the local City Council's resolution to bring the troops home.

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Peter Cowie reviews Federico Fellini: His Life And Work, a biography that effaces nearly everything written about the great Italian director, offering a distinct critical analysis and an absorbing account of his private life.

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Daniel Lazare reviews Todd Gitlan's The Intellectuals and the Flag, an attack on the radical left.

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Laila Lalami reviews Tahar Ben Jelloun's The Last Friend, a novel that draws from his experiences as a writer and activist under Morocco's repressive monarchy.

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March 1, 2006

Mark Engler writes that CAFTA, once presumed dead, goes into effect March 1, thanks to White House political sorcery. But a backlash is looming, at home and abroad.

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February 28, 2006

Arundhati Roy writes that opposition to Bush's visit to India is so intense that the only public space deemed acceptable for him to deliver a speech is a crumbling old fort that also houses the Delhi zoo.

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Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith ask: When the day comes for America to be judged for its war on terror and the crimes done in the name of its citizens, who can claim they stood up and said no?

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February 23, 2006

Stuart Klawans reviews Our Brand Is Crisis and Sophie Scholl: The Last Days.

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February 21, 2006

Rebecca Solnit writes that Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is on a buying spree, filling her Arkansas museum with America's cultural treasures--using art as a fig leaf to cover Wal-Mart's naked greed.

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Nicholas von Hoffmann writes that when General Motors goes down, the company will take the rest of us down with it.

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John Nichols explores the Bush Administration's incompetent efforts to protect the nation's working waterfronts from terrorism, from its failure put in place a solid security system since 9/11 to its current plan to hand over operation of ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia to a Dubai-based corporation.

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February 20, 2006

James Buchanan, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan: Historians disagree on who was the worst occupant of the White House. Ari Berman weighs in on how George W. Bush rates.

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