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February 10, 2014 | The Nation

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February 10, 2014

Cover: photographed by Francis Reynolds, styled by Dan Reisman

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Letters

Of czars and samovars… “Call me a commie”… 2013 Progressive Honor Roll…

Editorials

The president has made a step toward better oversight, but his proposals leave the agency’s system of dragnet surveillance mostly intact.

His disclosures were profoundly moral. Justice demands that all charges be dropped.

Research says yes. So why are conservative policy makers pushing marriage as a panacea for poverty?

Waterboarding may have ended, but the US continues to torture terrorism suspects in American prisons.

Columns

The conservative NYT columnist steers the conversation away from economics and toward “behavioral” terrain.

Articles

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

An expert on the North Caucasus rates the chance of attack as “high—four out of five.”

A foul band reeking of corruption, half were chosen by former president Juan Antonio Samaranch, a devoted Fascist in Franco’s Spain.

As a luge competitor at the 2006 Winter Games, I saw the dehumanization and corporate domination behind the Olympic ideal.

They’ve been competing for decades—but now they’re proudly and publicly out.

Books & the Arts

Art

MFAs aren’t a problem: it’s artists being content with what they know.

Book

A new history of Chile is a wrestling match between fatalism and optimism.

Book

The worlds of Sholem Aleichem.

Crossword

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