November 30, 2009 | The Nation

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November 30, 2009

Cover: Cover art by Peter Kuper, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Grantsville, Md.


Goldman and the other big dogs of Wall Street are afflicted with the stink of greed, having harvested swollen fortunes from the calamity they caused for the rest of the country.

Vigorously enforcing labor law and stopping the crackdown on the nation's undocumented immigrants can boost the American economy.

There is an easy way to get unemployed workers back to work: pay them to work shorter hours.

The combination of a four-year recession, a $3.2 billion deficit and a toxic Republican-style governor has turned Puerto Rico into a political powder keg.

With enemies like Sarah Palin, who needs friends?

"Tobin Tax" on the table; Palestinian Authority in peril; predictable Islamophobia after the Fort Hood shootings.

The House's healthcare reform bill is a first draft of history; as with most first drafts, it has its share of flaws.


A Canadian judge allows the International Olympic Committee to trump Canadian equal rights law and keep women ski jumpers out of the Vancouver Olympics.


What's up with Barack Obama? Finally someone has a good idea about how to deal with Wall Street and the White House condemns it.

In Copenhagen, activists won't just say no--they will aggressively advance solutions that reduce emissions and narrow inequity.


Prochoicers have been taking one for the team for too long now. Enough already.

Since the president took office, his administration has yielded one surrender after another.


Clean-energy sectors, which hold the promise of being major engines of job growth, are creating opportunities for those communities hit hardest by the recession: low-income communities and communities of color.

"Mainstreaming" a focus on women into all of the United Nations' work never happened. So will an agency for women ever get off the ground?

Why Sarah Palin can't be stopped from going nuclear inside the Republican Party.

A small delegation from the Honduran resistance movement visiting the US last week drew attention to the human rights abuses of the coup government.

Americans want to know what went wrong during last year's economic meltdown. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will find the answers.

Will the Afghan and Iraq wars lead to a surveillance state here in the US?

The victory over Lou Dobbs demonstrates that the immigrant community is mobilized like never before.

Notorious political pranksters the Yes Men have made a career out of impersonating henchmen from major companies, including Exxon, Dow Chemical and McDonald's--and getting away with it.

Blue Dog Democrats are undermining prospects for financial-industry regulation and reform.

We learned so much, at such cost, in Vietnam. Why must we learn it all again in Afghanistan?

With Pentagon cash, contractors bribe insurgents not to attack supply lines for US troops

Books & the Arts


In the stories of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, the landscape of the Russian revolution is hostile territory, and terrifying in its scope.

A conversation with the author of Ordinary Injustice about why the right to trial is no protection against a shoddy legal system.


T.J. Stiles's The First Tycoon is a gilded portrait of the robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt.



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