March 9, 2009 | The Nation

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March 9, 2009

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David Moberg on organized labor, Alexander Cockburn on shopping malls, Ann Jones on Iraqi refugees


Nonbelievers! Amen!

Los Angeles


Vicious hounds of repressed memory haunt Waltz with Bashir, a deeply flawed depiction of the harsh truths of a war no one can forget.

Slumdog Millionaire has captivated global audiences, but in India, it strikes a different nerve--as a tale of personal recompense and revenge by a young Muslim victim of Hindu persecution.

There are at least three reasons why the world should congratulate Venezuela's Hugo Chávez on his recent success abolishing term limits.

Israel, unrepentant and without introspection, doesn't deserve a film as brilliant as Waltz with Bashir.

Obama's escalation threatens to make Bush's war his own. There's still time to change direction.

At a time when organized labor stands a chance to make political gains, its energies are depleted by escalating conflicts within its ranks.

Richard Lingeman remembers Robert Bendiner, John Nichols laments Roland Burris, William Greider takes heart at the appointment of union man Ron Bloom to Obama's economics team.

Tough love from the Congressional Oversight Panel involves ripping the Band-Aid--otherwise known as TARP--off the mortally wounded banking system.

As the GOP chooses to be the party of No, Obama takes his case to a largely supportive nation. It's up to him to claim his mandate.



Obama's address to Congress was a gift to a dispirited nation. Now the hard work begins to transform vision to reality--but how can we do it by waging another war?

The case against Barry Bonds has begun to resemble the big marlin in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. In the end, all that may be left are the bones.


Two decades after the Ayatollah Khomeini called for a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, not much has changed on either side of the cultural divide.

From the wreckage of capitalism an opportunity for change springs forth.

With apologies to Rogers & Hammerstein.


Americans behind bars weigh in on the corporate crooks who continue to get away with their crimes.

If it really is time for accountability, we should start by holding banks and financial institutions responsible for their actions and not allow them to rob us again with TARP II.

How America in the Bush years was so vicious and stupid that it managed to take my freedom of speech and turn it into someone else's living hell.

As we rebuild America's aging infrastructure, let's make sure taxpayer money goes to those who need it and doesn't line the pockets of those who knew how to play the game.

Short-term nationalization of failed banks is gaining support--but without stringent safeguards, new rounds of pathology are inevitable.

KBR civilian workers can be found in every nook and cranny of US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, thanks to sweetheart contracts negotiated in the Bush/Cheney era. Is this any way to run the military?

It's unclear how Congress and the White House will proceed on the question of bringing Bush administration officials to justice. But the momentum is building.

Hardship and haunting memories mark the lives of the 2 million Iraqis in exile.

For the first time in six years, there's light at the end of the tunnel in Iraq. A nationalist Shiite-Sunni alliance provides a perfect opportunity for Obama to accelerate the withdrawal of US forces.

Books & the Arts


Slumdog Millionaire may provide
romantic escapism for some, but for me it stirs up very real memories
from my childhood in India.


On River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell make a remarkable collaboration.


Does the author of They Knew They Were Right really think he has done nothing wrong?


Novelist and peace advocate David Grossman examines the high cost of concealing what is unpleasant.



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