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February 23, 2009 | The Nation

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February 23, 2009

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Marc Perelman on demonstrations in France, Nicholas von Hoffman on letters from the unemployed, Alexander Cockburn on Barack Obama.

Letters


Obama's First 100 Days?--Shut Up!

Carlisle, Pa.

Editorials

Geithner was condescending, vague and infuriating as he lectured us on the troubled financial system, feeding a suspicion that he's still working for the other side.

A leading Palestinian politician defends his people and their nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation.

Guided by the principles of liberation theology, he devoted his life to the pursuit of peace and social justice.

The Israeli left has emerged from the Gaza offensive weakened, dispirited, but not irrelevant. The bedrock of a change-oriented and open civil society exists.

In cities and towns across France, people are calling for an in-depth economic revamping that favors the working class.

The fall of Tom Daschle and the RNC's choice of Michael Steele.

As Larry Summers takes a dominant role in crafting economic policy, it's up to Joe Biden to protect the interests of the middle class.

For the sake of the country, his presidency and peace in South Asia, Obama should take the US-led military escalation in Afghanistan off the table.

The prize, an original drawing by Edward Sorel, is awarded to Kristen Wack. Here is what she thinks Bush should do in retirement, along with some other ideas.

Columns

Howl

As a horrified nation sees millions evicted, community organizations--and at least one lawmaker--advise them to hold their ground.

TruthDig

If you still get those chatty e-mails from the Obama campaign, remind them that we voted for a community organizer from Chicago, not some hack carrying water for Wall Street.

When it comes to steroids, no one, as A-Rod's alleged paramour Madonna might say, is like a virgin.

Howl

A lot of angry people in America are lusting to bring Wall Street geniuses who engineered the financial collapse to justice. And they just might succeed.

As cities around the world are rocked with protests, it's clear governments that respond to economic crisis with the discredited free-market agenda will not survive.

Music

The global economic crisis is showing how wishful was the notion that philanthropy could save the world.

At almost every level, his choices of people and policy have been calibrated to appease the establishment.

Articles

Israeli voters have elected a majority of lawmakers who are against the two-state solution. Now it's up to the world--and the Obama administration--to respond.

Hidden in the fine print of credit card agreements, patient consent forms and job contracts is an arbitration clause that deprives you of your rights. Congress needs to fix that.

Keeping labor costs down used to be the standard to measure productivity. Now, it's all about creating jobs--and we can't afford to wait for the private sector to provide them.

As the bailout state goes into overdrive, popular anger at the lords of Wall Street is raging. In 1929, that anger was harnessed to result in huge change. Is the same change possible in 2009?

Bipartisanship promises to be even harder to achieve on human rights than it is on a stimulus package. Two pending decisions at the United Nations will reveal the depth of the administration's commitment.

Labor secretary-designee Hilda Solis is not a toxic asset in the Obama personnel portfolio. The GOP is wrong to equate her husband's tax dispute with the infractions of high rollers like Geithner and Daschle.

The Liberation Tigers may be on the verge of final defeat. But will a government military victory really solve the Sinhalese-Tamil conflict?

The nuclear power industry has dropped a $50 billion bomb into the Senate version of Obama's stimulus package for projects Wall Street wouldn't finance when it was flush.

Will the Obama administration reaffirm the civic mandate of the Postal Service that was damaged during the Bush years?

A massive coal sludge spill reveals the Tennessee Valley Authority has become a poster child for the failures of self-regulation.

A tenant protest compels Cook County's Tom Dart to suspend foreclosure evictions.

Listen to the voices of the newly unemployed, as they tell their stories, vent their frustrations and share ideas of what government must do to help.

Books & the Arts

Book

Reviewing Paul Krugman's visionary book The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008.

Book

Poet Kevin Davies asks: are you better off than you were 13,000 years ago?

Film

Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah, plus The Class and Coraline.

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 1 On the pavement, you'll see a snake! Stop! (7)