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March 21, 2011 | The Nation

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March 21, 2011

Cover: On the cover: Protesters fill the capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 16. Photo by Anne McClintock, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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The editors on democratic protests at home and abroad, Rashid Khalidi on Arab demands for dignity and Calvin Trillin on prank calls to Scott Walker

Editorials

The spirit of democratic protest, so vibrant across the Middle East, has been kindled here in Middle America.

For the condo-buying, sushi-eating Beltway elite, the recession is over. For the rest of America—not so much.

Carmel DeAmicis on pizzas for protesters, Molly O'Toole on solidarity rallies and Judith Friedlander on Hungary's crackdown on media

Progressive service organizations connect real world needs to Beltway advocacy and lobbying. Conservatives fear and loathe that.

Suddenly, people all over the Arab world are feeling a sense of pride—and the West is paying attention.

A former volunteer offers a more timely—and radical—alternative.

A former legal counsel for the corps argues for its continuing usefulness.

Columns

Not content with depriving women of reproductive healthcare, House Republicans want to starve them and their children too.

The ultimate aim of the GOP's social agenda is to force women back into the home.

Articles

How Scott Walker’s unionbusting spurred a popular uprising.

For a healthy democracy, transparency is the best medicine.

Can an openly left-wing, openly gay politician from the South revive an Italy in deep malaise?

Books & the Arts

Book

For Joanna Ruocco, language is a multiplier of worlds, a portal to alternate realities.

Book

Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus is the latest monotonous revery about the Internet social revolution. Evgeny Morozov punctures that bubble.

Film

Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy; Matt Porterfield's Putty Hill; Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light; J. Hoberman's new book, An Army of Phantoms

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the March 13, 1976, issue. Next week we'll have five new ones, by the finalists in the competition to replace Frank W. Lewis.