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August 1-8, 2011 | The Nation

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August 1-8, 2011

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Richard Sennett on civil society, David Callahan and Lauren Damme on Colombia and Julie Underwood on ALEC and public schools

Letters

“Science vs. Blatherskite”

Editorials

Republicans walked away from a budget deal not because cuts weren’t steep enough but because they included tax increases on the wealthiest. If they’re drawing a line in the sand, President Obama must, too.

As stunning revelations break daily in the hacking scandal, Rupert and James Murdoch withdraw News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB. But the inquiry into Murdoch’s para-corporation shouldn’t end here.

David Cole on a favorable ruling for the Affordable Care Act, Marc Kilstein on a narrow torture investigation and Britney Wilson on racism in sentencing

A new trade deal with Colombia will flood the country with cheap US agricultural products, devastating rural farmers.

Columns

From Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Casey Anthony to Rupert Murdoch, the media are debasing the public conversation—and therefore our democratic process.

Academics flocked to a Paris conference in Tony Judt’s memory—but solutions to the growing anti-government absolutism he warned of were scarce.

Articles

Renditions, an underground prison and a new CIA base are elements of an intensifying US war, according to a Nation investigation in Mogadishu.

A trove of documents reveals the vast procorporate strategy of this powerful right-wing group.

Wisconsin is just one front in ALEC's most recent war against against revenue and labor unions, part of an ongoing mission to privatize everything.

To a former health insurance executive, ALEC's fight against “Obamacare” looks familiar—and straight out of the corporate playbook.

Untold sums of cash poured into ALEC by Charles and David Koch have been an effective investment in advancing their worldview.

Aggressively pushing voucher programs, ALEC is calling on states to “transform the system, don't tweak it" in a large-scale assault on public education.

Looking toward 2012, ALEC is peddling “Voter ID” laws to disenfranchise voters least likely to support their right-wing candidates.

To recover lost ground, progressives should focus more on civil society than electoral politics.

Activists are risking their lives in the fight against US and Canadian mining companies.

Structurally unsafe and laced with formaldehyde, the "hurricane-proof" classroom trailers installed by the Clinton Foundation in Haiti came from the same company being sued for sickening Hurricane Katrina victims.

Books & the Arts

Esther studied botany and biochemistry, and ended up serving Cokes to arms dealers in Delhi’s Hotel Shangri-La. She is a station holder, occupied and rootless. Welcome to India Shining.