June 29, 2009 | The Nation

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June 29, 2009

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Greider: An American Dream

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.


Find a "good bank," make responsible investments, save locally and more...

In the European parliamentary elections, the center-right has won at the expense of social democrats.

An oil giant settles in human rights lawsuit; Virginia's Mr. Anonymous wins primary; American reporters convicted in North Korea; Doris Shaffer remembered.

In the wake of a charismatic speech, it's clear that a substantial majority of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims are rooting for him.

In a slipping economy, the debt burden for students is crippling. Obama's modest but elegant plan is a step in the right direction.



Unveiling new proposals to regulate Wall Street, Geithner and Summers now condemn the shenanigans they once abetted and celebrated.

Protests in Iran have little in common with soccer riots, contrary to what Ahmadinejad would have us believe. They are far more serious--and more diverse.

Michael Vick and Maurice Clarett deserve a second chance to play in the NFL--not because they are innocent, but because the system itself is so profoundly guilty.


The abortion provider and hero knew enough to trust women. The same can't be said for the male pundits who are dominating the debate.

Connecting the dots between North Korea and the United States.


There is now sufficient evidence to charge Israel with war crimes for its actions in Gaza. Why is Obama silent?

You don't need to go to Iran or North Korea to find secret courts. Try attending a US immigration hearing.

With the election of Mauricio Funes, El Salvador has its first elected progressive government in 188 years. How will it face the nation's many challenges?

Barack Obama may turn out to be the best pure politician we've seen since Ronald Reagan, but he's also head honcho for the globe's single great garrison state that lives off war and the preparations for future war.

Silvio Berlusconi's meeting with Barack Obama today comes at a time when Italy's reckless ruler's grip on power may be slipping.

The recent coal ash spill in Tennessee reveals the toxic fallacy that states should regulate industrial waste.

Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts would be an unmitigated disaster for California's public universities.

What's behind the recent success of Hungary's right-wing political party?

For the first time, the US Energy Department has conceded that peak oil is the new norm.

Pushed by Obama to dismantle illegal settlements, Netanyahu manipulates the media to show Israel will end up in a civil war if the White House stands firm.

Bolstered by Congressional support, the FTC flexes its muscles.

Navajos say "No!" as the return of uranium mining threatens to despoil their lands and health.

As the cost of college hits the stratosphere, students are organizing to bring it down to earth.

Books & the Arts

Is the history of English really the history of adult learners of a second language?


A hundred ways of looking at Che Guevara.


Several new histories trace Cuba's exotic and reviled place in the American political imagination.

3rd Party Article

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam A young Sri Lankan wonders if there were any true victors.

Geoffrey Dobbins You voted. Now what? Willis hopes more musically inclined activists will consider community development as a career option.

Kameelah Rasheed Instead of magic role models we need long-term education investment.



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