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April 26, 2010 | The Nation

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April 26, 2010

Cover: Cover photograph by Chuck Luther, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Esther Kaplan on mine safety, Calvin Trillin on Michael Steele, and Paul Buhle on peaceniks right and left

Letters

A historical parallel that might add to Cole's well-put points, particularly regarding lawyers defending Guantánamo detainees: John Adams agreed to serve as defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired on Americans in the Boston Massacre. He believed it strengthened the American cause to give the British soldiers a fair trial.

Editorials

Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

When it comes to the military budget, peacenik right and left are on the same side.

Esther Kaplan on Massey Energy and mine safety; John Nichols on WikiLeaks and collateral murder

Columns

British voters are taking a hard look at the Conservative Party, and they don't like what they see.

He was just stating the obvious.

Articles

How the Pentagon is cheating wounded vets.

Obama's Pentagon is preparing for a number of counterinsurgencies in the developing world

An essential instrument of democracy, the Postal Service should be reimagined--not shrunk.

Books & the Arts

Art

This year's Whitney Biennial fails to address the question of which art pertains to our time rather than any other.

Book

Perry Anderson deftly punctures the EU's self-serving myths, but his own pieties make him a better prosecutor than judge.

Poetry

In his poems, Mahmoud Darwish greeted even his own name warily, knowing it was something else he'd be forced to leave behind.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the April 24, 1989, issue.