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November 15, 2010 | The Nation

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November 15, 2010

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Agnès Catherine Poirier on protests in France, Victor Navasky on a new take on the Rosenberg case and Calvin Trillin on Virginia Thomas

Editorials

Can talks with the Taliban end the war in Afghanistan? If Obama wants to find out, then he must halt combat operations, night raids and drone attacks.

The French Parliament has passed President Sarkozy's controversial law raising the retirement age, and nationwide protests against the measure have eased. But the struggle against austerity measures is far from over.

Ryan Devereaux on what WikiLeaks tell us about war crimes, Jeff Biggers on coalfield justice and Kate Murphy on discrimination against women in the workplace

A new book concludes that it was really Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's in-laws who illegally passed classified information on the atomic bomb to the Russians. Does the news still matter?

Columns

Traveling in South Africa, you learn that one great thing about the country is that no one engages in small talk.

Ginni Thomas's insistence that Anita Hill apologize is an apt metaphor for the long history of blaming black women for social ills.

Articles

Female Engagement Teams join the counterinsurgency.

How brutal raids are sabotaging the political strategy the US claims to support in Afghanistan.

The International Criminal Court has had setbacks—but it's already having an impact.

Books & the Arts

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Is the cultural commons a viable alternative to the copyright regime, or does it risk turning culture into a consumerist slum?

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Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, Robert Darnton's Poetry and the Police, Jeremy Harding's Mother Country

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The Black Minutes, a nuanced neo-noir, conveys how narco-violence has leached the Mexican justice system of meaning.

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Ari Berman's Herding Donkeys shows how Howard Dean's unsuccessful bid for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination was the foundation for Barack Obama's victory in 2008.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the November 15, 1975, issue.