June 8, 2009 | The Nation

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June 8, 2009

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Browse Selections From Recent Years













Three legal scholars assess the impact of Obama's nomination of Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court.

There's a hole in the heart of our Af-Pak policy. It's called peace between Pakistan and India. And no amount of aid will fill it.

After insulting veterans, Homeland Security gets a do-over on a report on right-wing extremism; mass transit comes to small towns.

A realistic public healthcare plan should rein in costs, fix uncompetitive markets and change the way medicine is practiced.

Congress, at the behest of the banking industry, has changed accounting rules to make company balance sheets even more opaque. How is that going to help?

Obama's reversal of the decision to release photos of detainee abuse is unsettling and wrongheaded.



If Citigroup is too big to fail, isn't
the state of California? How the national economy can snap back to
health if the federal government refuses to help?

Millions will be spent to bring the biggest event in sports to the Superdome, while the victims of Hurricane Katrina remain on the sidelines.

New Labour is finished. What replaces it will certainly be worse.

Shortcuts, blindness and downright dishonesty in the rapidly imploding mainstream media.


The national media have invented a drug-related crime wave that officials and local journalists say just isn't happening.

MoveOn, once the most powerful grassroots peace organization, has rendered its members voiceless on the expanding wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And that silence sends a message.

The music on Townes, Steve Earle's tribute to Townes Van Zandt, is simple and literally homespun. There is sinew to this music, and blood in the words.

How the financial bailout scams taxpayers, subsidizes Wall Street and props up our broken financial system.

The $1 trillion we have spent on war since 9/11 has placed enormous stress on our recession-struck economy.

Books & the Arts


Over a decade ago, in his novel The Ax, Donald E. Westlake captured the ruthlessness and anomie of economic Darwinism.

Book publishers have always predicted that the end was nigh. When it does come they will have only themselves to blame.


In Paris Spleen, Charles Baudelaire crystallized a new feeling: the private life of the public turn.


Instead of offering healing or empowerment, the poetry of Jennifer Moxley explores vulnerability and "wrong life."

Epidemiologist Philip Alcabes discusses the social fears surrounding epidemics and why risk can't be eliminated from life.


If art is a product of the mind, and the mind a product of evolution, is art a product of evolution?


News From the Empire hacks out a sinuous, branching path that connects fantasy with fact and allegory with analysis.


Set in the glossiest of sanctuaries, Rex is a complicated and dazzling indictment of contemporary fiction.

How did Milan Kundera's antipathy toward the media become as curdled as the Czechs' allergy to his success?