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August 30/September 6, 2010

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The economy's long downturn has left us with a nation of broken roads, shuttered clinics and scrapped school programs. Why are we gutting our basic infrastructure when we need it the most?

I know Bibi Aisha, the woman on the Time cover. But the logic of those who use her image to argue for the war escapes me. The question her story raises is, What Happens if We Stay?

Eyal Press on the passing of Tony Judt; Ari Berman on the movement against Citizens United

There was a brief moment when it seemed the evidence of civilian killings, military cover ups and widespread lack of accountability contained in the WikiLeaks documents would spark a genuine inquiry into US conduct in Afghanistan.


After seven years, America's occupation of Iraq is a failure.

The proposed cultural center in lower Manhattan has become the latest target of the right's all-out attack on the First Amendment.


Why a progressive presidency is impossible, for now.

The left's hope lies in reviving the tradition of speaking in credible, urgent, moral ways about policies to aid the great majority.

The role of the left should not be to uphold or defend a government increasingly at odds with the interests of the people, but to change it, drastically and from the ground up.

When politics is driven by the need to turn out your base and policy is dominated by the desire to cater to that base, our baser instincts come to the fore.

Missing from Alterman's historical analysis is the Republicans' canny exploitation of racial resentment.

Let's give the president credit for pushing through the most far-reaching and economically redistributive social legislation since the New Deal.

The forces stacked against progressive change must not prevent the left from continually fighting for new levels of democratization and social justice.

A vast new art exhibition will attempt to reconnect the heartland to our nation's artistic genius.

An essay for "America: Now and Here."

Profits are booming, but Mott's is demanding benefit cuts. Workers are fighting back.

Books & the Arts

Human rights emerged not in the 1940s but the 1970s, and on the ruins of prior dreams.


In his Letters from Fontainhas trilogy, Pedro Costa treats the balance of form and content as a moral imperative.


Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century); Ch-ch-ch-changes: Artists Talk about Teaching; Curating and the Educational Turn


Christopher Nolan's Inception; Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime; Samuel Maoz's Lebanon


This puzzle originally appeared in the September 6, 1975, issue.