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August 2/9, 2010 | The Nation

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August 2/9, 2010

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Colin Robinson on how Amazon hurts consumers, Ben Ehrenreich on the US Social Forum and Calvin Trillin on who's recovering from the economic crisis first

Editorials

The Iraq War was never really about weapons of mass destruction, and the fight against the deficit is not actually about fiscal responsibility. It's a shell game for gutting the welfare state and redistributing wealth upward.

Who really wins out when the government's spending? Often, it's the rich.

Liliana Segura on the Oscar Grant verdict, John Nichols on real financial reform and Paul Buhle on Harvey Pekar

Multinational corporations can be a force for good in the global economy. Here's how.

Columns

Conservative housewives have the same desire for power and respect that liberal women do. No wonder women comprise half of the Tea Party movement.

When we reduce the devastating hurricane to fiction—even really good fiction—we risk making it little more than a trope.

Articles

How we can break our addiction to oil. With contributions from Michael T. Klare, Christian Parenti, Mark Hertsgaard and Christine MacDonald.

Why the United States needs a new national energy policy.

How Obama can use the government's purchasing power to spark the clean-energy revolution.

Louisiana can't go cold turkey: it can only wean itself off oil through an orderly transition.

The BP disaster could be the catalyst for an invigorated environmental movement.

At the US Social Forum, activists discuss how to meet basic needs—and take on the system.

It's big, cheap and convenient. But does the online bookseller really serve readers' interests?

Books & the Arts

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Traveling along the Danube into the heart of the new Europe.

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The Letters of Sylvia Beach; Günter Eich's Angina Days: Selected Poems

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Two new books argue that the South's slaveholding republic faced a crisis of legitimacy from the outset.

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Did liberal principles or sectarian impulses mobilize Lebanon's "Cedar Revolution" to protest against the Syrian regime?

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the August 16, 1975, issue.