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June 20, 2011 | The Nation

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June 20, 2011

Cover: Cover photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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Editorials

The lesson Democrats should take from the backlash to Paul Ryan's Medicare plan? Voters do want government running their healthcare system.

Leaked documents provide an extraordinary glimpse of US maneuvering in Haiti from before the 2004 coup through the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, talks to Liliana Segura about the Supreme Court ruling on overcrowding in California prisons.

George Zornick on a turning tide on Afghanistan, Dana Frank on Zelaya’'s return to Honduras and Jeremy Scahill on the death of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad

Ratko Mladic may face justice—but what about the Serbs who voted for the politics of nationalism, hatred and war?

Columns

Americans love to say “We're all just people.” So why are we so bent out of shape by not knowing a child’s gender?

The liars and lunatics serve as a smoke screen for the conservative war on the poor and the middle class.

Articles

Obama’s celebrated “reset” of US-Russia relations is limited and unstable. A fundamental transformation requires bold leadership and a full rethinking of Washington’s triumphalist attitudes.

The new consumer protection bureau’s mission is to make it easier for consumers to understand financial fine print. So why are bankers so scared?

As thirty-six states contemplate privatization measures, public schools are on the defensive.

Books & the Arts

Book

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole's Sacred Trash offers a precious meditation on how the discovery of hidden hoards of history can transform our worlds.

Art

Édouard Manet has become a popular painter, yet he remains a difficult and unpredictable one.

Film

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life; David Balding's One Lucky Elephant; Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids; Todd Phillips's The Hangover Part II.

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