May 18, 2009 | The Nation

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May 18, 2009

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The torture immunity lobby has a new argument--public support inoculates war criminals. With that mindset, we are likely to get these policies wrong again in the future.

The former HUD Secretary imagined a radical Republican Party that reached out to all Americans with ideas. Too bad it didn't come to pass.

He has quietly and diligently mined the law to return history and humanity to the court. Obama would do well to name someone like him.

It's easy enough for the government to tell people to stay home or keep their kids home from school if they have flu symptoms--but what if they can't afford to miss work?

Take these concrete steps to build an antiwar infrastructure from the bottom up.

A rash of teen "sexting" has turned educators and law enforcement officials into instant oglers, hunting for crimes where none are intended.

Arlen Specter's switch; The Progressive turns 100.

Clearer rights for immigrants and jobs for workers hard-hit by the recession will go a long way to reduce competition and fear.

So far, there's much to be optimistic about. But the bank bailout and Afghanistan policy are cause for continued concern.



The chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank made millions off his secret purchase of Goldman Sachs stock. But where's the outrage?

In a victory for the little people, a long-shot little horse from nowhere overcomes 50 to 1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby. But wait. Look who owns part of the horse.

A promising young athlete causes a furor because he's leaving high school to play pro basketball. What's so wrong with that?


I should have been a member of the torture creative class, because now I would be having a good life.

With haters on the wane, what will the hate-seekers do?


Just as tourism returns to the nascent Himalayan democracy, new political discord could derail economic recovery and a constitution.

As Congress prepares legislation to slow global warming, what kind of jobs will it create?

More women have fought and died in Iraq than in all the wars since World War II put together. Yet the US military continues to treat them like second class citizens.

The far left in France is staging a comeback. But can it seize power?

In the late afternoon of January 7, fourteen union leaders gathered
around a big oval table in the top-floor conference room of the United
Food and Commercial Workers' (UFCW) Washington headqua

Why the home loan industry won't (and can't) fix itself.

Books & the Arts

Published fifty years ago, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart mounted a literary rebellion against the everyday amalgamations and condescension that treat Africa as an undifferentiated wasteland.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys, Erick Zonca's Julia, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control.

Georgi Stoev plundered his past in the Bulgarian mob to write a series of popular pulp novels. The mob found them good enough for him to die for.



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