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January 3, 2011 | The Nation

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January 3, 2011

Cover: Cover design by Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Mark Hertsgaard on Cancún's successes, Harvey Sloane on healthcare reform's teachable moment and Ben Ehrenreich on Frederic Tuten.

Editorials

With the US set to remain in Afghanistan until 2014, the war has taken on a life of its own, disconnected from any strategic goal.

The agreements reached at the Cancún climate summit oblige all nations to reduce future emissions. The challenge now is to generate the political pressure on national leaders to accept realistic targets.

Esther Kaplan on the GOP's message to miners; John Nichols on Bernie Sanders' filibuster; Jennifer O'Mahony on the UK student protests; Michael Tracey on millenials and politics.

Educating Americans about this administration's healthcare successes is easier than Obama thinks.

Columns

Henry Kissinger's Oval Office address.

Obama's flawed tax compromise is just the latest result of the Democrats' failure to clearly explain their vision for this country's economic future.

When Obama can't convince American conservatives of verifiable facts, what hope does he have of convincing them to support his policies?

Articles

Our war has radicalized Pakistanis, turning many against the West and their own government.

Why did the senior State Department representative resign from his Afghanistan post?

The US military's reinvented counterinsurgency turns out to be the same old brutal game.

China is warming up to the fight against climate change, but it's still cooling to US demands.

Finally, after decades of catastrophic civil war, Africa may give birth to a new nation.

Books & the Arts

Book

Frederic Tuten's Self Portraits is a backward glance on life that's vital, wistful and filled with sweet ache.

Art

Kurt Schwitters and Blinky Palermo made art that was deliberately elusive, that does not want to be pinned down.

Poetry

The best poems in Skin, Inc. have an excellent unconscious feeling, even when the news is bad and Thomas Sayers Ellis knows nobody is going to want to listen.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the January 3/10, 1976, issue.