July 13, 2009 | The Nation

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July 13, 2009

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The president of the NAACP explains why he has joined a "strange bedfellows" coalition drawn together to fight for the reopening of Troy Davis's capital case.

The military coup in Honduras puts pressure on the president to break sharply with past American policies or risk losing remains of Latin America's goodwill.

Congress should step up its investigations of the roots of the financial crisis and slow down the rush to weak solutions--especially the empowerment of the Federal Reserve.

How can we expect the experts to reform the financial system when it's experts who got us into this mess to begin with?

Sebastian Jones on healthcare reform, Nisa Qazi on refugees in Pakistan, John Nichols on NOW's Kim Gandy

Since Obama traced his dazzling arc to the presidency, his stance on gay rights has become murkier, and more Clintonian.

At the heart of the Green Wave sweeping Iran are the fearless young men and women who have few illusions about the complexity of the reforms they seek.



Congress should not be fooled by the argument of Wall Street lobbyists that Bernard Madoff was a lone rotten apple now safely discarded.

Who will be the next to die because our cities spend money on sports stadiums instead of basic infrastructure?


The massive participation by women in Iran's street demonstrations is surprising only if you accept the mullahs' view of women as weak and passive vessels.

Why is it easier to raise 3 million tweets for demonstrations in Iran than to twit about Obama's sellouts at home?


A federal magistrate denied Alex Sanchez bail in his gang conspiracy trial, but the prosecution entered a surprisingly "weak" case, according to defense counsel.

The ongoing dissent that does exist in the US military, however fragmented and overlooked at the moment, should not be discounted.

The military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya has drawn strong condemnation from President Obama and the world. But will the US government offer its unconditional support for his return to power?

The indictment of Alex Sanchez, a revered gangbanger-turned-peacemaker, raises doubts about the LAPD and whether it should be released from a federal court order.

The author is going to prison--for peacefully resisting settler and army violence against West Bank Palestinians and the illegal expropriation of their land.

Indigenous activists in Peru are challenging their government and its partners in the biofuels industry--and winning.

Rafael Correa came to the United Nations this week armed with the usual anti-US rhetoric--but also with a plan for Latin American economic empowerment.

Will the recession bring the justice-system reforms that progressives have long supported?

The solution to the jobs crisis depends on manufacturing and trade policy reform.

In the nation's reddest state, Salt Lake City queers are making big love.

Restructure the world's economy to ensure a more stable and shared prosperity.

Books & the Arts

Why do Frederick Seidel's champions consistently transform his weaknesses into virtues?


Agnès Varda's The Beaches of Agnès, Havana Marking's Afghan Star


Gustav Mahler's embrace of Germanness and battles with anti-Semitism.


Novelist Hans Fallada resented the constraints of the Nazi era but did not desist in his craft.



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