November 23, 2009 | The Nation

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November 23, 2009

Cover: Cover photograph by Lucas Jackson/Reuters, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

Browse Selections From Recent Years













Understanding Afghanistan

Holts Summit, Mo.


For the first time, family reunification for same-sex binational couples is being included in broader immigration reform.

The Google Books settlement is a forward-looking commercial joint venture that far exceeds the scope of the class-action lawsuit.

The filibuster has become a cancer growing inside the world's greatest deliberative body.

What did we learn from the off-year elections?

Why do we need newspapers? They help make humans of us.

Would Illinois rather keep an innocent man behind bars than admit a mistake?

Building a new political order will take more than one election.



"Blessed are the peacemakers" certainly applies to Mikhail Gorbachev, a man not honored enough for the example he set.

Donald Sterling was just obligated to pay out the largest settlement ever obtained by the government in a housing discrimination case involving apartment rentals.

Europeans haven't stopped looking for alternatives to capitalism.

The next generation of right-wing journalists are largely apparatchiks.

Dede Scozzafava, high achiever, was not a zealous true believer.


Mandatory mediation programs are preventing foreclosures across the country. Congress should do more to support them.

Armed drone aircraft in Afghanistan and Pakistan are only the latest wonder weapon to promise us the world.

Top Blackwater staff authorized attempted bribes of Iraqi officials in the wake of the 2007 Nisour Square massacre, the New York Times has reported.

The commemorations marking the fall of the Wall were joyous. But divisions still plague unified Germany.

Under the Ft. Hood headlines, a stressed-out Army pushes stressed-out soldiers back into the war zones.

Charles Pugh's sexual orientation took a back seat to Detroit voters' concerns about the economy and unemployment.

How well will Representative Barney Frank's proposed regulatory reform legislation address the "too big to fail" problem?

What is poverty? One volunteer's perspective shows us it's all relative. A finalist in The Nation's Student Writing Contest 2009.

Can the Republican Party survive without the enthusiasm of its young supporters?

Going abroad is no longer just a school-time pleasure cruise. It's an employment opportunity.

A struggling young journalist is forced to take up a job on the side delivering pizza, but with tips dwindling, he wonders if it's really worth it.

The looming presence of debt collectors makes high school an even harder.

After fifteen years as a production manager, one man is now forced to haul trash out of abandoned public housing. Instead of panicking, he is turning the crisis into an opportunity to do good.

The recession has been a rite of passage for Generation Y, who are now more than prepared for the struggles of adulthood.

There is no better way to teach someone the value of a dollar or about financial responsibility than a recession.

Everything's a gamble. The American Dream is about waiting to get lucky now.

The winners of the fourth annual Nation Student Writing Competition addressed how the recession has affected them.

Since California's Prop 8, gay activists of a new generation have jumped into the fray.

The Nation asked leading youth organizers to suggest specific ways the Obama administration could help them mobilize the most diverse and socially progressive generation.

Young people have lost 2.5 million jobs to the crisis, making them the hardest-hit age group.

The country's oldest student association has its eyes on the prize--student aid reform.

Nadine Padilla organized for Obama in Native American communities. Now she's passing her skills on to others.

Some hardcore Obama campaign volunteers find rewarding jobs outside the administration.

The 2008 election galvanized young voters and organizers. One year later, where are they?

A group of twentysomethings from San Francisco took an unlikely path to jobs within the Obama administration.

Books & the Arts


Lee Daniels's Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Alexander Sokurov's The Sun


Malcolm Gladwell's success as a brand-name thinker rests on the assumption that the unexamined life is the only sort his readers could be living.



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