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December 20, 2010 | The Nation

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December 20, 2010

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The editors on a sane Iran policy, Jonathan Schell on anti-Semitism and Calvin Trillin on WikiLeaks

Editorials

Neither aggressive diplomacy nor coercive diplomacy will work. How can Obama work his way out of this dead end?

Lewis was a true Renaissance man, a lover of music, history, literature, language, botany, geography, sports, boating, cards—the list is endless—all of which enliven his puzzles.

James North on Haiti, John Nichols on the Working Families Party

For Americans teetering on the edge of poverty, in other rooms there are other trials.

Columns

The latest WikiLeaks dump has revealed that the CIA is conducting criminal operations. And no one seems to care.

Adoption has become a form of trafficking in and of itself.

Articles

November's elections were a wake up call for movements around labor, the environment, immigration and education. Did activists tether themselves too closely to Democrats? What should they do now? A Nation special package.

After the demise of climate legislation, environment groups are going local—and confrontational.

For too long, unions have mistaken access for power. They need to get back to organizing and activating members.

Over the past decade, the immigrants' rights movement has become a strong grassroots force. Now it's time to develop a unified legislative strategy that can shape the national debate.

Obama's education policy is far too close to George W. Bush's. Those of us who recognize the importance of public education can't wait for the administration to lead the way.

Glenn Beck is only the latest of the deranged people, movements and governments that, inevitably, find their way to anti-Semitism.

Powerful politicians and think tankers are using the nuclear issue to foment hysteria.

Books & the Arts

Book

Vasily Grossman's Everything Flows is a searching and humane investigation of the totalitarian condition.

Book

Patrick Leigh Fermor's fifty-year correspondence with Deborah Devonshire reads like an accidental memoir of a disappearing world.

Film

The King's Speech, The Illusionist, Black Swan

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the December 20, 1975, issue.