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May 9, 2011 | The Nation

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May 9, 2011

Cover: Cover illustration by Mirko Ilic, design by Milton Glaser Incorporated

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The editors on a people's budget, Paul Hockenos on Europe's rising Islamophobia and a poem by Allan Peterson

Editorials

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s “People's Budget” has been widely ignored. That’s too bad, because the right solutions to our budget crisis are in there.

As abortion rights are eroded and fetuses are endowed with personhood, women are ending up in jail.

What's the best protest song you know? Plus, George Zornick on the lack of safety regulation for offshore drilling, one year after the BP spill.

The true problems facing public education are inequality and opportunity gaps.

Columns

The newspaper should be taking a stand against education scams—but it’s dependent on one such program for its profitability.

The one thing I never thought I’d have to explain to Americans is why monarchy is a bad idea. Apparently, I’m wrong.

Articles

Declaring a global “orphan crisis,” US evangelicals ride to the rescue—with unintended results.

Thanks to Citizens United, thousands of Koch Industries employees were told whom to vote for.

The world’s second-largest economy is emerging as a pacesetter in solar and wind technology.

What makes it so lethal is that it has broad appeal—from the far left to the far right.

Books & the Arts

Book

The Latin Boom writers failed to appreciate the work of fellow novelist Manuel Puig, who wrote about housewives and homosexuals.

Book

Freedom to do just what he pleases defines the life and writing of Geoff Dyer.

Book

The musical and political strands of Dmitri Shostakovich's life were intertwined like the braids of a noose.

Crossword

From the April 24, 1976, issue.