March 16, 2009 | The Nation

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March 16, 2009

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The peace movement claims victory with Obama's promise to pull US troops from Iraq by 2011. But elsewhere in a volatile world, a long war looms.

The uproar over the New York Post's racially insensitive cartoon has nothing to do with Al Sharpton and everything to do with the ugly history of stereotypes.

Yet again the courts have ignored the Constitution and legal precedent, leaving seventeen innocent Guantánamo detainees in legal limbo.

As the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reviews defrocked priest Paul Shanley's conviction on child rape charges, "repressed memory" will be held up to scientific scrutiny.

MOVING ON: Justin Ruben, the new executive director of
MoveOn.org, brought a message from his 5 million members when he
met with President Barack Obama at a

The White House plan to keep homeowners out of foreclosure seems to have the stick-to-carrot ratio about right.

Let's make sure Obama's investment in America's future isn't squandered in the mountains of Afghanistan.


This is not about steroids, or an arrogant athlete getting his comeuppance--it's about the mess Bush made of the Justice Department.


Taxpayers now own 80 percent of virtually worthless AIG--for us, this bailout is all pain and no gain.


People are beginning to say that the Big One has arrived. But how will we know? And what will it take to emerge from it?

The global depression is spawning social unrest, which the extreme right might try to hijack--a good reason for the left to be well organized and engaged.

This just in: we won the Iraq War. And for the past eight years George W. Bush kept us safe.


Michael Steele's getting funky, frantically remixing the GOP message, in hopes of reaching new generation of conservative voters. Is anybody listening?

Remembering a historian of the left, an ideological warrior against empire, witness to India's anticolonial struggles and a persuasive critic of torture and government oppression.

As people lose confidence in the ability of markets and governments to solve the global crisis, the likeliness of violence increases.

Drop the scary Bush lingo and start creating resilient communities than can effectively recover from disaster in this age of financial and climate chaos.

An instructive election in Bangladesh demonstrates that in Muslim countries around the world, the United States really needs to let democracy take its own course.

Freedom of Information wish list: What did Treasury do with the TARP money? Who authorized torture? Plus, warrantless wiretap targets, FEMA's Katrina records and White House e-mail.

Activists take inspiration from Rosa Parks, Gandhi and the Ruckus Society.

How grassroots activists in Hawaii threw a wrench into plans for an environmentally hazardous superferry.

America must step up and lead an international campaign to curb emissions. Done properly, it will green the planet and our wallets.

Books & the Arts


An exhibit of New Yorker cartoons at the Morgan Library shows that, for the rich, America itself is enemy territory.


Two new books explore the truths and artifice of photography.

Philosopher Alva Noë talks about the brain, consciousness and animal rights.


Does the profit motive distort and degrade the unpredictable path of scientific discovery?

3rd Party Article

Larisa Mann A Harvard student legal team takes on the RIAA's faulty file sharing prosecutions with a novel approach.

Viany Orozco State legislators can help those most affected with stimulus money for education.



 1 Evidently something like the puma pounces--but such are not legitimate occasions of inaction. (7,7)