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August 31, 2009

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Calvin Trillin on the birthers, Alexander Cockburn on the Georgian invasion and The Editors on Blackwater's black deeds

Letters


Green Iran--Long May It Wave

Riverside, Calif.

Editorials

While the mainstream press portrays newly reappointed Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke as a mild-mannered hero, the reality is he is responsible for much of the economic pain Americans are feeling.

A transparent election in Côte d'Ivoire is essential to restoring that country's democracy and economic might. It is time for Côte d'Ivoire to overcome its history of violence.

An experienced prosecutor who knows that prevention is the best crime-fighting strategy, Aborn has fought for drug-law reform and sensible gun-control.

With the public dialogue deteriorating, we should affirm that we can get better healthcare by sticking together to support single payer

Americans who've been bringing guns to public meetings about healthcare reform are really just responding to a media-wide casting call for crazies.

He could be infuriating, crude and wrong. But the late journalist could also leap across ideological, partisan and personal boundaries.

After a brilliant beginning, President Obama appears to be abandoning his principles on healthcare by hedging on a public option. What should disappointed Democrats do?

Find an emergency prevention programs in your area, encourage no-strings attached outreach and more means to end homelessness.

Filling the empty streets and turning pedestrian piazzas into true commons.

Big profits on Wall Street, and the big bonuses they fund, are not justified by the marketplace.

An explosive story by The Nation's Jeremy Scahill sheds new light on the shady dealings of Blackwater, leading to renewed calls for a Congressional investigation into the military contracting company.

A tribute to Sidney Zion; Obama's former doctor enters the healthcare debate; Henry Louis Gates Jr. wows the crowd.

Progressives must challenge the obstructionists in both parties who can't see which way the wind is blowing.

Columns

The ongoing obsession in the West over Caster Semenya's gender only serves to highlight the understanding and acceptance shown her in South Africa.

TruthDig

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys.

South African runner Caster Semenya shouldn't be the one humiliated by "gender testing"--it's the outdated views of athletic officials that are embarrassing.

TruthDig

Was Phil Gramm truly unaware of the widespread efforts at UBS to defraud the US Treasury?

Michael Vick has a new team, but will Philadelphia Eagles fans welcome him with their proverbial brotherly love?

Music

Polls show most Americans still want reform. But polls don't mean much politically if everyone stays quiet. Never mind wonkery--we need a movement.

Last year Georgian troops went on a murderous rampage in South Ossetia, igniting a war with Russia. The facts have been assembled; the stubborn myths remain.

Articles

Why is it that GI Joe--like all action figures in all action movies of this moment--has left the all-American battlefield for outer, or future or alternate space?

Abdullah Abdullah exemplifies a political chameleon in a country tortured by wars and violence.

Under the current healthcare system, many women have become a medical underclass. So why do so many oppose a healthcare overhaul?

The mercenary firm has a long and dark history with the CIA. Were they Bush and Cheney's private hit men?

The upcoming election promises to be a farce, marred by backroom deals and voter fraud. Meanwhile, the United States continues to militarize Afghanistan at an alarming rate.

Security guards in Philadelphia face an uphill battle to unionize with the Employee Free Choice Act stalled in Congress.

The Netroots Nation conference pulls in big Democratic names and spawns arguments in unlikely places.

The private security company doesn't have a license to operate in Iraq, but the State Department continues to employ Erik Prince's armed mercenaries.

Reflections on troops that don't depart, experts who never leave the scene, an Air Force that suddenly wasn't there and a war that no longer needs justification.

The coup has encouraged those who want to halt the advance of the Latin American left.

It's time to abolish this undemocratic holdover from the days of slavery and segregation.

Can the labor movement overcome UNITE HERE's messy breakup?

Books & the Arts

Film

Is Spike Lee's seminal film still relevant in the Obama era?

Film

Filmmaker Tyler Perry may see himself as creating modern-day fairy tales for black women, but he's actually reinforcing some seriously conservative gender politics.

Film

Park Chan-wook's Thirst, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Lorna's Silence and Lucrecia Martel's The Headless Woman.

Book

A long-lost memoir of the Spanish Civil War moves jaggedly between boredom, fleeting triumphs and terror.

Book

A reconsideration of the fictive truths behind a storyteller's many masks.

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