January 12, 2009 | The Nation

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January 12, 2009

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A legendary African-American journalist is cast off by Newsday, and the profession is poorer for it.

As a new president takes charge, it is time to talk together, to walk together and to work together. It is the only time we have.

Israel must decide, once and for all, which path it will take: reach a courageous resolution to the conflict, or prolong it indefinitely.

The masters of Israel's war on Gaza have fashioned a bizarre moral code that provides humanitarian assistance to the very civilians they are shooting at.

It is not rational to believe that the Palestinians in the occupied territories will be terrorized by force and violence, by cruelty, by starvation or by slaughter into a docile acceptance of the Israeli occupation.

The following humble suggestions are based on my 70 years of experience as an underground fighter, member of the Knesset and founding member of a peace movement in Israel.

Israel's assault on Gaza is a massive violation of international law. Nations that have supplied weapons and supported the siege are complicit in the crimes.

Let us pause, amid the muddle of the moment in this season of renewal and fresh starts, to consider fundamental things.

Barack Obama has mobilized the most connected national constituency in history. But can he use it to govern?

If Rick Warren, Barack Obama and the gay community can find common ground, it'll be on civil, not religious, grounds. So let's separate church and state.

A closer look at Obama's "green team," journalists behind bars and John Nichols on potential labor secretary Hilda Solis.

It's time for progressives to create coalitions and craft smart strategies that will push Obama and the new Congress to seize this moment.



Why are we--in the media, politics and intelligentsia--so indifferent to the death and destruction in the latest phase of this interminable conflict?

In 2008, the wall between sports and politics, which we are told is as immutable as Gibraltar, was not only challenged, it was
thoroughly breached.


So, why didn't they give peace a chance? Why did the leaders of Hamas and Israel not wait for the incoming US president's inauguration before mutually escalating hostilities?


In the end, the shame of Dick Cheney was total: unmitigated by any notion of a graceful departure, let alone the slightest obligation of honest accounting.

Cutting Charlie Rangel loose would prove just how serious Obama is about transforming Washington's toxic culture of self-enrichment.


Decades of civil war have all but destroyed once-progressive Sri Lanka. Now that the army is closing in on Tamil rebels, what chance is there for real peace now?

The credit crunch is hitting students hard, but is government aid going to shareholders and CEOs instead of the borrowers who need it most?

As Israel's bombardment of Gaza continues, a Nation contributor with roots in the region gives voice to the on-the-ground experience of those who have endured the attacks.

Israel's attack on Gaza has benefited the current leadership, especially Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in pre-election polling. But do they have an exit strategy?

The Episcopal Church's promotion of an openly gay clergyman has created a serious rift within the religious community, threatening the future of the denomination.

Lakhdar Brahimi, a leading UN troubleshooter in the Middle East weighs in on the crisis in Gaza and speculates on how it may affect Obama's presidency.

In the end, Harold Pinter devoted
himself to defining "the real truth of our lives and our societies." Now
that he's gone, his twenty-nine plays will continue that rude, honorable
and turbulent work.

After a report in The Nation revealed how white residents of New Orleans shot at African-American men in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the city's police will launch an investigation.

The economic crisis was caused by world trade imbalances just as much as domestic problems.

The Obama administration simply cannot afford a confrontation with Russia, given the challenges we face elsewhere.

The two-state solution for Israel-Palestine will disappear for good if Obama doesn't move fast.

The removal of US troops must be prompt, complete and coupled with smart diplomacy.

Don't assume that the end of the Bush administration marks the end of the imperial presidency he established.

Obama's environmental agenda can empower working people to take control of their energy use.

If we stimulate the economy and maintain high rates of growth, higher wages will create the savings required for investment.

Because conservatives refused to invest in our future, America is falling apart. Are we ready to expand the social contract?

Books & the Arts

The hottest titles exorcise ghosts from our political past.

A new exhibit explores the remarkably sophisticated wellspring of social, political and ethical deliberation of Susan Meiselas' photography.


A Folger Library exhibit examines Renaissance journalism and the birth of newspapers.

A newsman who witnessed the carnage at Jonestown talks about the People's Temple, the power of images and the state of news.


Democratic Camera: William Eggleston's grand and gorgeous retrospective at the Whitney Museum.


A biography of Robert Clifton Weaver traces the life and times of an often misunderstood urban reformer.

3rd Party Article

Jamilah King You voted. Now what? Look in your own backyard to find an issue close to your community.

Jamilah King, Kristina Rizga and Tomas Palermo In a year that saw war, violence, human rights abuses and environmental degradation, WireTap also found powerful examples of young people making a real difference.