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December 2, 2013 | The Nation

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December 2, 2013

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Editorials

The big story this November is a cross-country rejection of austerity and inequality and support for social justice.

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Americans are justifiably upset about the NSA’s sweeping domestic surveillance. But we should be just as concerned about spying on foreigners.

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering.

Columns

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Double Down entertains, but its contempt for liberalism shows on almost every page.

Europe’s panic is about race and class, not child abduction.

Articles

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Books & the Arts

Book

Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.

Book

Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?

Film

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty; Alexander Sokurov’s Faust; Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath

Crossword

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