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May 23, 2011 | The Nation

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May 23, 2011

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Dawn Paley on drug cartels in Mexico, Barry Schwabsky on modernism, and a poem by Karen Solie

Editorials

The purpose of terrorism is to provoke an irrational response that makes a nation less secure and less free. In the wake of 9/11, America became that place. Can we change course?

It's time to banish our dangerously-simplified us-versus-them mentality and recognize the world as it is: shot through with suffering and complexity.

Jeff Biggers on student protests in Arizona, John Nichols on Canada's New Democratic Party, and Kate Murphy on FAIR's twenty-fifth anniversary.

Meet the Special Operations unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Columns

Transgender people face assaults that run the gamut from physical to emotional. It's past time to resolve our society's discomfort with those outside the gender binary.

The killing of Osama bin Laden was a just and necessary undertaking, but it should not be an occasion for joy.

Articles

On campuses, in syndicates and even inside the Muslim Brotherhood—the revolution lives on.

Middle-class dreams have been deferred as the recession shrinks the two-income family.

In the wake of a militarized drug war, the power of cartels is more pervasive than ever.

Concessionary contracts and lingering corruption have sapped the once-mighty union.

Books & the Arts

Book

The exploitation of contingent labor, a shrinking middle class, administrative elephantiasis: the turmoil in academia is a microcosm of American society as a whole.

Art

In the paintings of Silke Otto-Knapp and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, there's an unending entanglement, and dialogue, between the present and the past.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the May 8, 1976, issue.