February 15, 2010 | The Nation

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February 15, 2010

Cover: Cover image courtesy of Public Campaign & Common Cause, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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In the face of a Supreme Court
decision that eliminates crucial checks on corporate political
spending nationwide, we must demand greater accountability and
transparency around how corporations spend money in elections across the country.

Staying the hand of justice on torture has gained the Obama administration nothing from Republicans. It's time to investigate deaths at Guantánamo.

Since recent shock waves of populism, Obama has made some bigger promises.

Robert Gates admits that Blackwater is in Pakistan; Air America signs off.

A freeze on discretionary spending may poll well, but it endorses ignorance of how the federal government spends its money.

The Citizens United campaign finance decision makes it possible for the nation's most powerful economic interests to manipulate not just individual electoral contests but political discourse itself.



Obama's endorsement of what he calls the 'Volcker Rule' for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.

If not for the incessant backlash against NBA players, the all-white All-American Basketball Alliance would never have gotten off the ground.

Citizens United raises the questions: why is speech the functional equivalent of money, and why are corporations considered persons?

Books like Game Change are more instructive for what they reveal about the community that prizes them than for the information they contain.

Somewhere between cranky and skanky... Sentiments about Ben Bernanke.


Although homosexuality is criminalized in 80 countries, the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 is the most egregious attempt to sanction homophobia and threaten the human rights of all its citizens. Here are ten ways to oppose this legislation and stand up for human rights wherever you are.

The Tim Tebow commercial is no departure at all for viewers of the big game.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates chooses a movie--and it happens to be about a military coup in the US.

To consider honor killing within Muslim communities a crime unto itself overlooks the patriarchal roots of much of the intimate partner violence perpetrated in the Western world.

Gen. David Petraeus pays a visit to Georgetown, where he takes questions but doesn't always answer them.

Friends of The Nation and of Howard Zinn offer recollections of the man, his work, and his impact on thinkers and activists.

Foreign ministers in the "Friends of Haiti" want to "build a new Haiti." But what will their neoliberal agenda mean for ordinary Haitians?

The goal of government surveillance is to create a deliberate backdoor into secure systems. The appeal to a hacker is obvious.

Judge Warren Wilbert has ruled that Scott Roeder, confessed killer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, couldn't be considered for lesser crimes than first-degree murder. Today he was convicted.

The Bay State election results are a chapter in a story that predates Obama's presidency.

The waste energy from manufacturing plants can be recycled to create clean, green power.

Villagers and human rights officials accuse the United States military of torturing suspects in hidden detention centers.

Books & the Arts


A poignant memoir about life in the occupied territories during the second intifada.


Joseph Stiglitz's Freefall, Mark Weiss's The Whole Island and Robert Darnton's The Case for Books.


The novelist Dominique Fernandez struggles to understand his father's years as a Nazi collaborator.


J.M. Coetzee's Summertime and the fictions of self-deception.



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