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January 31, 2011 | The Nation

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January 31, 2011

Cover: Cover photograph by Reuters/Eric Thayer, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Alexander Cockburn on organ-trafficking by the Kosovo Liberation Army, Dana Frank on Honduras and Calvin Trillin on attempts to repeal the healthcare law

Editorials

The shootings underscore that a strong social compact is the only real route to safety.

Saudis are funding international terrorism, the State Department ordered spying on UN officials, Obama helped protect Bush officials who ordered torture... and more bombshells.

John Nichols on Tom DeLay, Isabel Macdonald on donor aid to Haiti

The American economy needs a clean tech transformation.

Obama's Honduras policy is already dangerous. And with Republicans in control of the House, it may get worse.

Columns

The diplomat was spared the annoyance of seeing one of his best-known political creations accused of supervising the killing of captives in order to slice out their organs for transplants.

Has it really come to this: an uphill battle to ban a gun that has no purpose except to kill thirty-three people before anyone can stop you?

Articles

As the gulf is declared "safe," scientists look deep in the sea for evidence of lasting damage. Plus, watch a video from Klein's investigation.

Was the Supreme Court's infamous decision a desecration, or only what the Constitution requires? A First Amendment scholar and civil liberties advocate debate.

The former senator talks about money and politics, connecting with voters in the age of mass media and his future in public life.

Books & the Arts

Book

Nicole Krauss's Great House swings from the evocative to the overcharged.

Books are the only homeland of the true writer, books that may sit on shelves or in the memory.

Poetry

The Grand Piano is a highbrow Friends—a collective history of the early years of Language poetry.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the January 31, 1976, issue.