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June 21, 2010 | The Nation

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June 21, 2010

Cover: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Editorials

The attack on the humanitarian flotilla has focused the world’s attention on the indefensible blockade of Gaza. The siege, and the isolation of Hamas, must end immediately.

Poverty and charity are two evils; charity is the lesser, but it is still evil.

John Nichols on the Democratic response to the Israeli attack on aid ships bound for Gaza, Viggo Mortensen on Dennis Hopper, and our fifth annual student writing contest

In Russia, drivers are one of the country's few grassroots movements capable of mobilizing protesters and influencing policy.

How can progressives build winning campaigns that truly represent the people?

Columns

Peter Beinart's stinging critique of the American Jewish establishment's failure to defend democracy in Israel comes not a moment to soon.

EU countries traded democracy for prosperity. These days, they're missing it.

Articles

The politics of the Templeton Foundation's "Big Questions."

Unregulated natural gas drilling could wreak havoc on the environment and human health.

A recent economic study rejects the conventional depiction of the continent as a basket case.

Books & the Arts

Press

Newspaper books sections have been ailing for decades, but there's no better time than now for writing about books.

Art

"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" makes some of Modernism's most familiar paintings seem unresolved and difficult again.

Book

In Tove Jansson's The True Deceiver, the uncertainties laid bare go to the heart of human relationships.

Crossword

This puzzle appeared originally in the June 21, 1975, issue.