April 13, 2009 | The Nation

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April 13, 2009

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Leave Afghanistan

Medford, Mass.


Wall Street reforms may further consolidate power and ratify a corporate state that combines the worst aspects of socialism and capitalism.

Thirty years after the Three Mile Island partial meltdown, the real nuclear power threat is the relicensing of old plants.

Sending 17,000 or 21,000 more US troops to Afghanistan will not protect Americans against Al Qaeda attacks

Esther Kaplan on the SEIU and the California Nurses Association's "game changer"; Bruce Shapiro on the death penalty; praise and prizes for The Nation.

Despite Obama's inaugural call for a New Era of Responsibility, the old cynicism threatens a comeback.

In the end, the treasury secretary's fate is less important than the fate of the economic principles he has championed.

An inner-city mother jailed for sending her kids to a suburban school district? This belongs to a past we'd do best to leave behind.

The moment is ripe for major campaign-finance reform.



The money involved in the auto bailout is chump change compared with what Wall Street got, and it is far better spent.

Imagine, if you will, a white-collar CEO version of the TV show Cops. Roll cameras. Send up the chopper.

It's a sad comment on the state of the media that we have come to rely on funnymen to tell us the truth about our country.


Andrew Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power, weighs in on how President Obama failed to consider the containment option in Afghanistan.

Finally there is an audience willing to listen, albeit warily, to a challenge to capitalism.

It's time to come out of our political closets and say openly that another world is not only possible but necessary.

As university budgets dwindle, adjunct professors around the country are looking to unionize in a desperate effort to protect their jobs.

In a forthcoming memoir, John Gunther Dean writes about not only pressure from pro-Israeli officials in Washington but attempts on his life for reaching out to the Palestinians.

How we decide to manage water will determine whether our future is peaceful or perilous.

Dispatches from Nation readers who are making the most of difficult times.

As with AIG, the American people could end up 'owning' 80 percent of the Afghanistan-Pakistan project without ever 'nationalizing' it.

Our goal should be a classless economy that eliminates the division between the coordinator class and the working class.

President Obama cracked the White House door for citizens on Thursday, and some of their questions were still bubbling up long after the first virtual town hall ended.

As financial leaders assemble in London, the international labor movement offers a vision for a new global economy.

The task of socialists today is to build and support such militant minorities so that tomorrow we can set larger groups into motion.

Shaking off the legacy of dictatorship, the people elect the FMLN's Mauricio Funes.

The coal industry presents itself as committed to sustainability--but is it?

On Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza.

Books & the Arts

With the help of a collector, Sonny Rollins has taken the curating of his career in a new direction.


Percy Harrison Fawcett went to the Amazon looking for paradise. He never returned.

Journalist Michelle Goldberg discusses the past fifty years of global reproductive issues.


Elaine Blair In The Queue, Vladimir Sorokin offers a biting and hilarious portrait of a central ritual of Soviet life.