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August 13-20, 2012 | The Nation

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August 13-20, 2012

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Letters

Editorials

This scorching summer could be a global warming landmark—if we demand climate action from our leaders.

The Nation’s longest-running columnist was a witty, brilliant, coruscating presence in our pages for almost thirty years.

John Nichols on Romney’s Libor pals, George Zornick on Colorado’s gun laws, Michael Z. Youhana on WikiLeaks in Guatemala and Zoë Schlanger on tar sands.

For what the ancients called avarice and iniquity, Alex’s hate was pure. No writer had a deadlier sting against the corruptions of empire.

Columns

No wonder the public remains so misinformed, as bigfoot pundits not only whitewash Republican extremism but paint Obama’s soggy centrism in false hues as its ideological equivalent.

James Holmes’s rampage was horrifying, but it was not unfathomable.

Articles

As Ecuador grants asylum to Julian Assange, here is a closer look at Cablegate in Latin America.

Cablegate did not just reveal secrets, it inspired a new culture of investigative journalism.

Cablegate revealed just how far the US goes to drive Mexico’s counternarcotics operations.

From trivial matters to border tension with Hugo Chávez, Cablegate was a mixed bag of revelations for Colombians.

A discussion on the WikiLeaks legacy, from Argentina to Peru.

Books & the Arts

Book

Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.

Art

Steeped in anthropology and art history, this summer’s big shows are occasions for talk instead of exploring art that reaches the unsaid.

Book

Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.

Film

Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street; Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground; John Cassavetes’s Too Late Blues

Crossword

Don’t miss Kosman and Picciotto’s crossword blog, Word Salad.