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January 25, 2010 | The Nation

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January 25, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Alexander Cockburn on R. Crumb's Genesis, Stuart Klawans on Avatar and Calvin Trillin on a lesson for airline security screeners.

Letters

Ho-Hum Sports, Hi-Ho Zirin!

 

Editorials

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against the five Blackwater operatives accused of gunning down fourteen innocent Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007.

Remembering poet Dennis Brutus and anti-globalization activist Tim Costello.

The Washington Post has run a "news" article about deficit reduction produced by The Fiscal Times, an outfit backed by Social Security demonizer Pete Peterson.

The attempted airliner attack on Christmas Day demonstrates that the best antidote to terrorism is not military action but good intelligence, police work and appropriate security measures.

David Levine, who died on December 29 at 83, was best known for his brilliant, biting, crosshatched caricatures of literary and political figures, which until his vision gave out had appeared reg

Columns

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In the great American tradition of finding foreign scapegoats for our problems, the hunt is on to somehow hold China responsible for the misery that Wall Street financiers inflicted upon the world.

Music

Feminist highs and lows of the first decade of the 2000s.

If a conclusive disrespecting of Genesis was required, wouldn't you think R. Crumb was the man for the job?

Articles

Activists are figuring out what went wrong at the climate summit and what to do next.

Palestine's Islamic movement has subtly changed its uncompromising posture on Israel.

Forceful outside intervention is the only alternative to an unstable and dangerous status quo.

The patriotic case for government action.

Books & the Arts

Film

James Cameron's Avatar, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and more.

Book

In Evelio Rosero's The Armies, war is like the Law in Kafka: cruel, implacable and coldly divine.

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In the fiction of Sylvia Townsend Warner, historical change is accidental and almost imperceptible, but for all that no less decisive.

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 1 Not the campfires watched, by Rebel pickets. (8,6)