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July 18-25, 2011 | The Nation

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July 18-25, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by Reuters/John Kolesidis, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Christian Parenti on extreme weather in Pakistan, Maria Margaronis on Greece’s debt crisis and Katha Pollitt on the resurgence in feminist street activism

Editorials

The Constitution alone cannot keep the US from fighting wars it shouldn't be involved in—like the one in Libya.

Undocumented immigrants and gays and lesbians have forced a stark moral choice on their friends and neighbors: Are you with us, or against us?

Liza Featherstone on Walmart and sex discrimination, John Nichols on mayors against the war and Ala'a Shehabi on dissents jailed in Bahrain

As the US scales back the war in Afghanistan, shouldn't we be scaling back the sacrifices of civil liberties we've made here at home?

Columns

A bold, do-it-yourself protest movement has arrived. When was the last time feminism was this much fun?

Could black Americans follow Catholics and white Southerners in drifting away from the Democrats?

Articles

The country is facing a convulsion unlike anything since the fall of the dictatorship in 1974.

Law enforcement agencies have not undertaken a thorough investigation of the banking crisis. But Eric Schneiderman is digging into it.

The fight to counter LePage’s extremism is gaining support not only among progressives in the state but within the Republican Party too.

Maine Governor Paul LePage's secret removal of a mural celebrating the state's labor history is just one in a long line of struggles over publicly-funded depictions of American workers.

When extreme weather hits amid extreme poverty, escape becomes nearly impossible.

Books & the Arts

Art

Has success spoiled the photography and the art of Jeff Wall?

Film

James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News, Alan Rudolph’s Trouble in Mind, Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild.

Book

For Anatol Lieven, Pakistan is a dangerous, fearsome country, a hard place to live and harder still to govern.

Film

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip, Azazel Jacobs’s Terri, Eve Annenberg’s Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish.

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