April 20, 2009 | The Nation

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April 20, 2009

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Is Capitalism Dead or Playing Possum?

Our March 23 issue, particularly Barbara Ehrenreich and Bill
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The legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont could be a signal of where the freedom-to-marry movement is heading.

The upcoming UN-sponsored Durban Review Conference tests America's willingness to offer global leadership to combat bigotry and injustice.

If the United States ever wishes to leave Afghanistan, it requires a sustained engagement using all elements of national power--military, economic and diplomatic.

North Korea's rocket launch has set the hawks circling, threatening Obama's non-proliferation agenda before it's off the ground. Chuck Hagel is pushing back.

Sarah Arnold on the Rockefeller drug laws; Ari Melber on Obama's citizen Q&A; Manning Marable on the life of Dr. John Hope Franklin; John Nichols on Arlen Specter's stab in the back.

New evidence shows that water contamination may have been downplayed after December's massive coal ash spill in Tennessee.

The pressure has increased dramatically for Obama to investigate former Bush administration officials for authorizing torture.

A tax loophole could let the ten largest paper companies rake in a whopping $8 billion. Where's the outrage?

If ever there was a time for bold US leadership, this is it.



Larry Summers earned $8 million from Wall Street last year. Doesn't anyone in Congress care about the conflict?

The vanquished Spartans of Michigan State have left a lot of people accustomed to limping through this recession start walking tall.


Yesterday's fist-bumping radical is today's mom in chief.

Now that New Mexico has ditched the death penalty, not much will change--except for the worse.


"You Voted, Now What?" For Boeve, becoming an activist begins with small things--like setting up a lemonade stand.

Peru's disgraced former president becomes the first democratically elected head of state to be extradited, tried and convicted of human rights crimes.

The fight against foreclosures is not simply an American issue; it is a global issue. South African activists recount their experiences in this ongoing Tell The Nation series.

A UN investigation of Israel's attacks on Gaza may put the US in the middle of a tense dispute between the international body and Israel.

In this global economic meltdown, with fifty million people potentially losing their jobs by the end of this year, one beneficiary will likely by crime syndicates.

The European economic model, berated for years by US neoliberals, made a big comeback at the G-20 summit this week.

We now have an opening to generalize from myriad experiments driven by socialist values.

On paper Brazil's abortion ban has a rape exception, but in reality victims are denied choice.

Terror suspects are held in US prisons on dubious evidence under inhumane conditions.

Our economic recovery depends on a massive national plan aimed at full employment.

Books & the Arts

Pierre Bonnard's late still lifes, on view at the Met, are lessons in unknowing.

Andrew Rice The fighting in Congo started as a modern crusade. Five million deaths later, it's clearly about something else.

Stuart Klawans Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Tony Gilroy's Duplicity, Greg Mottola's Adventureland.

3rd Party Article

Online activists spark a populist movement to fix America's economy.

Elizabeth Mendez Berry Young love is supposed to hurt a bit emotionally, but increasingly, it bruises.

Laura Dean Youth leaders march on Washington to lobby for affordable education and the DREAM Act.



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