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May/June 2007

Nukes, Democracy, and Iran

Akbar Ganji on changing Iran from within; Hans Blix on global arms control; a look at religion in politics by Catherine Tumber; Nicholas Schmidle on Islamism in Bangladesh. Fiction contest winner Pama Viswanathan; Katie Peterson on Tomas Tranströmer.



Nukes, Democracy, and Iran

The View from Tehran
Akbar Ganji
Nuclear Freeze

Hans Blix

Carrots and Sticks

R. Nicholas Burns

A Third Way

Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani


The Reckoning

The proper place for religion in politics
Catherine Tumber

In Search of the Common Good

The Catholic roots of American liberalism
Lew Daly


The Islamist challenge to secular Bangladesh
Nicholas Schmidle

Rosamond Purcell’s natural history
John Crowley


Transitory Cities
The winner of Boston Review‘s 14th annual fiction contest
Padma Viswanathan

On Film

Living Together
Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by Joshua Clover
Kevin Davies
Gravity and Fire
Peter Gizzi’s The Outernationale
John Palattella
Carol Frost’s The Queen’s Desertion
Garth Greenwell
Acts of Mind
Tomas Tranströmer’s The Great Engima
Katie Peterson


from Liner Notes
Andrew Mister
The Attorney Updates His Architect Spouse After Finding Premises for a Transcending Facility
Andrew Seguin
Boom Kiss Boom Boom Kiss
David Lau
A Name for This Bird
Nicholas Laughlin
Dreams Like a Bird
Nicholas Laughlin
Lookouts and Spies
Deborah Anne Roth
Sorry, T.
Brenda Shaughnessy
The Terrier
Jean Esteve
Of Progress and Implied Mission
Karla Kelsey

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