June 30, 2008 | The Nation

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June 30, 2008

Cover: Cover art by Steve Brodner, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The Gipper Killed It



The brother of one of four US churchwomen murdered in El Salvador used his legal skills to bring their killers to justice.

Race remains a fundamental divide in American society--so why is the issue missing from the presidential campaign?

America is literally awash in antidepressants. Blame the surfeit of drugs in our system on a confusion between illness and suffering.

Dennis Kucinich's impeachment play; architects of the subprime mortgage disaster; sexism and the Clinton campaign.

Imagine the benefits if we could make significant cutbacks in military spending.

Let's hope Barack Obama resists the impulse to move to the center on one of the most contentious issues of the campaign: leaving Iraq.

Cartoon commentary.



If Obama's looking for a right-of-center running-mate, Hillary's the best option out there.

Does Obama's candidacy represent a progressive paradigm shift--or is he just another mainstream Democrat?

Before Obama can transform the economy, he has some housecleaning to do.

They enabled the Iraq catastrophe and now spin a self-flattering narrative to excuse their failings.


One of the world's most prominent critics of US interventionism talks about his new post as UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories.

Why is Barack Obama courting right-wing groups like AIPAC and steering clear of the American Jewish left and center?

This Week: Congresswoman Kang has a revealing chat in the park, while Chet Kimbrough goes missing... again.

Domestic workers in America are among the most economically exploited and vulnerable to abuse by their employers.

A teacher discovers that sixty years after its publication, Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country still stirs deep emotions about fathers and errant sons.

The Supreme Court delivers a dramatic blow to the President's lawless detention policies, overturns an effort by the previous Congress to eliminate the right of habeas corpus and sounds the death knell for Guantánamo Bay prison.

More information about our extremely unequal world--and to help advance the struggle for a more equal future (web only).


Chart One: Re-creating the Gap that Gave Us the Great Depression

Our forebears struggled to survive in a world dominated by the superrich. Now it's our turn.

In the era of the superrich, if a place is truly beautiful, ordinary people can't afford to be there.

Will Obama's presidential candidacy signal a change for impoverished African-Americans?

Top dogs and underdogs brush shoulders in Manhattan.

What to call our current economic era? An all-star progressive panel of judges will pore over the entries and announce a winner.

Today's elite spend on a grand scale while pretending to be "just folks."

In this age of inequality, the wealth that should be shared by all Americans trickle up to the rich.

Books & the Arts

Philip Guston at the Morgan Library.

Poet Honor Moore talks about her family's response to her memoir, The Bishop's Daughter.

A new book explores the historical ties between African-American and Japanese-American communities in Los Angeles.

New collections by Adam Zagajewski and Julia Hartwig suggest that postwar Polish verse can't be reduced to "poetry of witness."


The history of Pakistan's border regions remains an unruly captive of the imperial "Great Game."


From the November 8, 1947, issue.