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The Nation phones home

28 Jun
Join The Nation’s inaugural excursion to Moscow and St. Petersburg, from September 4th — 14th. Calling on our network of contacts and connections in Russia, we’ve designed a distinctive and exclusive program that promises to offer a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a country at the very center of geopolitics for many decades.
 Book now! After we fly into St. Petersburg, we’ll check in to the 19th-century five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. We’ll then spend five days touring the renowned sights of this historic city and its surroundings, from the Hermitage and the Nevsky Prospekt to the Grand Palace and gardens of Peterhof, followed by private meetings with distinguished historians, cultural leaders, and curators. Next, we’ll board a canal boat to explore the city’s 42 islands.
After taking a high-speed train to Moscow, we’ll travel to the city of Sergiyev Posad and the Trinity Lava of St. Sergius, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This destination brings medieval Russia to life with its stimulating mixture of the country’s most celebrated architecture, iconic paintings, and unique cultural activities.
In Moscow, we’ll stay at the InterContinental Tverskaya Hotel, a modern, five-star hotel within walking distance of Red Square. We’ll take a private escorted tour of the Kremlin, and meet with Pavel Palazhchenko (Mikhail Gorbachev’s longtime interpreter and colleague) and Sergei Kapkov, Moscow’s former culture minister, as well as other media and cultural figures. We’ll also visit the Pushkin Museum, Gorky Park, and the famed Novodevichy Cemetary.
Click here for a detailed itinerary.
Throughout the trip, you’ll be accompanied by Teresa Stack, The Nation’s president from 1998 to 2016 and a founder of our travel program, including our annual seminar cruise (now in its 19th year) and the host of multiple Nation educational trips to Cuba. Also joining us will be Natasha Makarova, a Russian native who graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University in 2004 with a MA in linguistics and intercultural communication. Natasha has led group-education tours in Russia for many years.
For our travelers flying to St. Petersburg from New York City, the journey will begin with a special event as editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel—along with renowned scholar of Soviet and Russian history and politics, longtime Nationcontributor, and former Nation columnist Stephen F. Cohen—hosts an intimate conversation at The Nation’s Manhattan office (Katrina and Stephen will not be accompanying us to Russia). Katrina and Stephen have been visiting Russia for more than three decades, and they have relationships with many of the country’s media, cultural, and political leaders.
  Book now! The cost of this tour is $6,485/$7,365 per person (double/single occupancy) and includes nine nights at luxurious hotels in St. Petersburg and Moscow, most of your meals, all ground transportation (including high-speed rail, a private air-conditioned bus for all sightseeing and excursions, and private canal boat tour), a bilingual local guide/tour manager, gratuities, lectures, guided visits to Russia’s preeminent museums and historical sites, and many other captivating and exclusive activities and events.

Space is extremely limited—so please register without delay!
Proceeds from this trip support The Nation’s journalism.


A dream achieved – finally "The Nation" magazine gets Americans into Castro’s slave camps

27 Oct

Join us this winter as we travel to Havana, Cuba, and its surrounding regions for a unique experience specially curated for fellow Nation travelers. Recent historic changes in US policy toward the island nation promise to make this a particularly inspiring and extraordinary time to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of Cuba in a way few ever have before.

 Your journey will include an extensive and stimulating daily program and five nights at one of Havana’s most storied four-star hotels, located just a block from the Malecón, a broad esplanade and seawall that stretches five miles along the Caribbean Sea in Havana. We’ll also travel to the scenic Viñales Valley to spend two nights with a Cuban host family at their casa particulare—their private home—which will offer an opportunity to closely interact with residents of the community. The travel dates are January 15–22.

Tour stop 1:  Site where Raul Castro executed opponent

After out chartered jet lands Friday afternoon at Havana’s historic José Martí International Airport, we will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by renowned musicians, private showings at artists’ studios, and performances by students of Cuba’s internationally acclaimed dance institutes.

We will tour museums with eminent art historians, wander through the markets of Old Havana, experience the scenic beauty of the Pinar del Río province, and savor traditional Cuban food and spirits at the island’s finest restaurants and organic farms.

Tour stop 2:  Food lines for meatless meals reduce carbon footprint

While traveling under The Nation’s license issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact, you will be accompanied by Cuba expert and Nation contributor Sujatha Fernandes. Dr. Fernandes is professor of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and author of Cuba Represent!, which examines the forms of cultural struggle that arose in post-Soviet Cuban society. In addition, your hosts will include Charles Bittner, The Nation’s long-serving academic liaison, and Collin Laverty, author of Cuba’s New Resolve: Economic Reform and Its Implications for US Policy. Laverty has visited the island over 100 times, frequently guiding members of the US Congress and their staffs on official fact-finding missions. During the entire week, you will be escorted by a bilingual Cuban tour guide.

The all-inclusive cost of this weeklong tour is $5,550/$5,950 per person (double/single occupancy), and it includes round-trip chartered airfare from Tampa to Havana, five nights at a four-star hotel in Havana, two evenings at a private residence in the Viñales Valley, airport transfers, health and evacuation insurance, Cuban visas, all ground transportation within Cuba, guided tours, seminars, lectures, entrance to Cuba’s preeminent museums and attractions, several private music concerts, dance performances, almost all your meals (including libations), and many other captivating activities and events.


Additional details and the complete itinerary may be found at

Scan and email registration forms to Charles Bittner

Or call 617-833-1435.

The myth of Mercedes Marxism – It’s time for Communist Cruising!

30 Jul

The Nation magazine invites you to cruise with them.  For only $2,000 – $7,000.

I went on TWO different week long reason magazine cruises – one to the Caribbean and one to Alaska – and got a private room (sans window or balcony) plus all meals (dinner with wine) and lectures, for around $2,000.

I do believe this is more than National Review, American Spectator, or Weekly Standard cruises as well.

Bring Clinton Cash!

We would like to invite you to join us for the Nation Cruise, this year to the
Western Caribbean.For the last 17 years, our Nation Cruises have
presented many of America’s top progressives and their ideas to our readership,
while also helping raise money to support the publication of America’s oldest
weekly. Whether it’s a panel discussion, one on one interview, a heated debate
over dinner or our ever-popular late night get-togethers, The Nation Cruise provides
ample opportunity to engage with progressive leaders and your fellow Nation
readers to help you stay involved, connected and on top of what is taking place in
our world.
As always, we’ll have a terrific line-up of guest speakers, including many of the writers and editors of The Nation.
We are in the midst of putting together that list as we speak. Do watch this website for updates as we will be adding new
speakers regularly over the next few months.
The Nation Cruise is a truly unique experience. We invite you to explore this website to find out all you need to know
about this year’s cruise. You can even book online! This promises to be another memorable adventure, one that I
sincerely hope we can share with you.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor and Publisher

Victor Navasky
Publisher Emeritus

In addition to all the wonderful activities aboard the ms Nieuw Amsterdam and in port, this exclusive The Nation event includes:

Category I – Inside Stateroom
Inside Stateroom | 185 sq ft”>
Double: $1,514.00pp

Single: $1,889.00pp
From 151 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to one queen-sized bed, flat panel TV & DVD player, shower, safe.

Category C – Ocean View Stateroom
Double: $1,912.00pp Single: $2,405.00pp
190 square feet
Two lower beds convertible to one queen-sized bed, flat panel TV & DVD player, large ocean view windows, bathtub & shower, safe.
Category V – Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah
Double: $2,085.00pp Single: $2,970.00pp
213 square feet + Verandah
TTwo lower beds convertible to one queen-sized bed, bathtub & shower, sitting area, private verandah, flat panel TV & DVD player, mini-bar, refrigerator, floor-to-ceiling windows, safe.
Category SS – Signature Suite with Verandah
Double: $2,839.00pp Single: $4,266.00pp
392 square feet + Verandah,

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-sized bed, whirlpool bath & shower, large sitting area, private verandah, fl at panel TV & DVD player, minibar, refrigerator, fl oor-to-ceiling windows, safe..
Category SA – Neptune Suite with Verandah
Double: $3,782.00pp Single: $6,155.00pp

506 square feet + VerandahUse of neptune lounge & personal concierge, complimentary laundry & dry cleaning service, King-sized bed, large sitting area, whirlpool bath & shower, dressing room, private verandah, fl at panel TV & DVD player, mini-bar, refrigerator, safe.

Hugo Chavez Now in Hell

6 Mar
He died on the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death.

According to the neo-Stalinist magazine The Nation:

Chávez was a strongman. He packed the courts, hounded the corporate media, legislated by decree and pretty much did away with any effective system of institutional checks or balances. But I’ll be perverse and argue that the biggest problem Venezuela faced during his rule was not that Chávez was authoritarian but that he wasn’t authoritarian enough. It wasn’t too much control that was the problem but too little.