July 6, 2009 | The Nation

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July 6, 2009

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Invade the Caymans!

McMurray, Pa.


What's missing in the President's call for reform are concrete rules that address a dysfunctional banking system. Slow down the rush to weak solutions.

The president gets mixed grades on his promises of transparency: good to the public and the press, not so good to the other two branches.

This president does not need to make threats to champion democracy.

Taxing benefits may raise money for Obama's healthcare reform, but it would betray union members who gave up wage increases in order to get decent coverage.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is halfway through his first term. Whether he gets a second term depends on his ability to get results.

John Nichols on antiwar Democrats, Corbin Hiar on Greenland and global warming, The Nation Associates on Ning

How will Washington recalibrate the share of gains captured by shareholders, executives and workers in a post-crash economy?

The world is watching as the next chapter in the future of Iran unfolds.



The Bush-Obama strategy of throwing trillions at the banks to solve the mortgage crisis is a huge bust. Will the president be able to extricate us from this mess?

Still relevant, fifty years later: William Appleman Williams's Tragedy of American Diplomacy.


Mark Sanford today took the apology press conference to a whole new level, removing yet another name from the ever-shortening list of 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

DNA research increasingly allows us to collapse time and discover criminal guilt or innocence. That's why the Supreme Court's recent ruling against a prisoner's right to post-conviction DNA testing is so baffling.

The empire ends with a pullout. Not from Iraq, but from Detroit.

Neda Agha-Soltan has become a powerful and tragic icon of the new Iran--and an emblem of just how much women have lost in the thirty years of Islamic rule.

After months of silence on peace issues, MoveOn is mobilizing its members to demand an exit strategy for Afghanistan.

A look at just a few of these fortunate folks indicates that not everybody was harmed by the Bush era.

It might sound milder, and appear hipper, but it traffics in the same old sexism.

Economic necessity and shifting mores are changing the nation's approach to incarceration.

Long before most in the business press rose to the challenge, Gretchen Morgenson was reporting that the financial sector had gone rogue.

Books & the Arts


Anne-Marie Cusac examines the punitive turn in the criminal justice system.


Does Alejandro Zambra's Bonsai mark the end of an era in Chilean literature?


A shrewd history of why US presidents have failed to make Israel accept a plan for regional peace.



 1 Not to act too eager, but stick around a while and give support. (4,4)