July 20, 2009 | The Nation

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July 20, 2009

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I.F. Stone, Secret Agent? Spy? Mole?

Silver Spring, Md.


Just because President Obama possesses African heritage doesn't mean he couldn't learn a thing or two about the continent's history.

The Republicans may now be "the party of no," but it remains to be seen who exactly the Democrats are.

The former secretary of defense presided over the deaths of millions--and was one of the only officials to publicly express regret.

The Alex Sanchez case raises troubling new questions about the war on gangs.

The mainstream media would rather focus on the death of Michael Jackson than cover the barbaric slaughter of innocent Afghan civilians by American planes.

The latest political sex scandal isn't a scandal at all but a circumstance as old and common as time.

The Nation and the NAACP; democracy derailed in Honduras; Sotomayor and Ricci

Washington and Beijing should launch an efficiency revolution, the quickest path to large emissions cuts.

Getting a Medicare-style public plan as part of healthcare reform is a winnable fight.



Since most of the increase in the federal deficit is due to bailing out the banks and salvaging the greater economy they helped destroy, why is the top investment bank doing so well?


It was the stark evil Robert McNamara perpetrated as secretary of defense that must indelibly frame our memory of him.

Sex doesn't actually sell women's sports, so why is Wimbledon still prioritizing pretty players?

Notwithstanding comparisons to FDR, BHO has proffered far less audacious proposals than we were led to expect.

Michael Jackson's fame and fortune ensured he had few barriers to the pursuit of whatever Mad Hatter fancy seized him--including his made-to-order kids.


Is Iraq finally fated to become what it was going to be anyway, even before the chaos and catastrophe set in: a giant gas pump for an energy-starved planet?

The former president's reversal is the highest-profile one to date. It may also have political implications for the future of the Defense of Marriage Act.

With new revelations about the former veep
ordering the CIA to
lie to Congress, Democrats finally start talking about an investigation
that could hold him to account.

Ghanaians and other Africans are clamoring for a new direction in US Africa policy, one based in mutual interests and mutual respect.

Television news reports are casting new light on the violence that
flourished in New Orleans in the anarchic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Supporters of the Green Wave increasingly see negotiations with the regime as the best way out of today's crisis.

As he mounts his run for AFL-CIO president at a moment of opportunity and peril for American workers, Richard Trumka calls for no less than a new social compact.

As Congress and Obama wrangle over the cost of much-needed domestic expenditures, no one suggests that closing some of these unpopular, expensive imperial enclaves might be a good way to save some money.

The rise and precipitous fall of the adulterous, anti-stimulus governor of South Carolina.

Can the NAACP's new president reform the 100-year-old civil rights organization? Does he want to?

The clampdown on street protests can't disguise huge fissures among the elite.

Books & the Arts


The funky chaos of the 2009 Venice Biennale.

A conversation with the authors of On Kindness.


William Appleman Williams and the tragedy of American diplomacy.