Breeder Reaction: Does Everyone Now Have a Right to Bear Children?

Once, nature decided who had a child and who didn’t. But who decides in the era of assisted reproductive technology?


Souls on Ice: Frozen Embryos and the Wasted Promise of Stem Cell Research

How 500,000 frozen embryos are changing the way Americans think about life and choice.

An Accident Waiting to Happen: Is Air Safety Oversight Taking a Vacation?

Airlines are fixing their planes in Taiwan, and the FAA is cutting back on inspections.

Three Days in Rome: Plotting Regime Change in Iran

Meeting secretly just after 9/11, Iran-Contra alumni, anxious neocons, and disgraced exiles set their sights on Tehran.

War for Oil: Next We Take Tehran

As the Bush administration sets its sights on Iran, the reason has more to do with oil than with nukes.

Rock the Junta: Revolutionary Headbangers in Burma

Burmese Christian metalheads rage against the machine.


Editor’s Note


The (Immigrant) Kids Are All Right: The Next Labor Movement; The new voice of immigrant rights; gold’s heavy costs; off the beaten path in coal country; working
hard at hardly working in D.C.
; a 21-Harley salute for fallen GIs; India’s unsinkable anti-dam activist; still doing a heckuva job for Katrina victims; Bush to Iran: “You had me at ‘homophobia.'”;

Poor Losers: How the deck is stacked against poor Americans.

The Way of All Flesh: Christian Kink

Christian marriage advisers say kinky’s okay, the observant way.

Justice Comes for Charles Taylor

Liberian strongman Charles Taylor’s long run from justice comes to an end. Maybe.

Open Road, Clear Conscience

Traveling light: tips for leaving gringo guilt at home when you’re on holiday.

Kevin Drum on those tongue-tied liberals; an interview with Wole Soyinka, master of disguise; plus more book and
music reviews

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