June 1, 2009 | The Nation

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June 1, 2009

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Women's Health on the Back Burner

New York City


I witnessed firsthand the ineffectiveness of US military strategy in Afghanistan. We need a clear mission, an exit strategy and a commitment to diplomacy.

Eat less meat, conserve energy, buy fair-trade products, support sustainable agriculture, advocate for food security as a human right...

Obama and Congress must get tougher on offshore tax cheats--prosecuting them as criminals and requiring full payment, with penalties and interest.

The paper industry's tax loophole; healthcare reform protesters under arrest; apartheid victims' day in court; a Hillman award for The Nation.

Wall Street's pervasive influence on Obama's change agenda props up banks, while the real economy continues to suffer.

Premature optimism about the economy could swiftly undermine the president's credibility. Stand by, taxpayers: there may be more rescues ahead.



The unregulated hedge fund calls the shots in the government's trillion-dollar bailout program--snapping up bad loans some of its execs originally marketed.


A Wesleyan student is stalked and killed by a man with a gun and a mind full of hate.

Weep not for the death of the old Fourth Estate: at almost every critical hour, in every decade, it failed us.


Former Halliburton subsidy KBR was paid $83 million in bonuses for work that electrocuted US soldiers, former employees testified today.

Obama's pick to be the top US commander in Afghanistan directed a screening center in Iraq in 2003 that held terror suspects in secret facilities to which the Red Cross did not have access.

Historical amnesia is a dangerous phenomenon, not only because it undermines moral and intellectual integrity but also because it lays the groundwork for crimes that still lie ahead.

The government drops efforts to prosecute an officer who refused to fight in Iraq. But the Army continues its campaign against him.

Defying expectations and boosting hopes for stability, Indian voters rejected extremism and caste divisions, to give a decisive victory to Congress Party moderates.

Workers in the United States and Europe are beginning to ask the same question as their Latin American counterparts: why do we have to get fired?

Millions of recently declassified police documents detail a thirty-six-year reign of state terror.

The author of the infamous memo has been invited to testify before a Senate committee. This is the beginning of the unraveling.

Will Roman Catholicism be swept into the rising tide of religious fundamentalism?

I.F. Stone was not only a great reporter; he was a radical, an irritant to power.

We shouldn't pass up a chance to enlist the auto industry in a green transition.

Autoworkers should meet this crisis as they have in the past: boldly and visibly.

Bailouts may protect the automakers. But what about the autoworkers?

Books & the Arts


The richness of baseball's old, weird vernacular is pure, pointless creativity.


A callous vigilante and sentimental old fogy, Clint Eastwood has become indivisible from his myth.


Do images understand us, the Pictures generation asked, more than we understand them?

3rd Party Article

David Parker Jr. Four years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public schools struggle to serve students and the educational waters are still muddy.



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