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October 19, 2009 | The Nation

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October 19, 2009

Cover: Cover photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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Drew Westen on rethinking government, Alexander Cockburn on our booster president, Calvin Trillin gets into a UN delegate's head

Letters


The Gates Foundation in Africa

Seattle

Editorials

If Obama can go to Copenhagen to support Chicago's Olympic bid, he can go back for the UN climate change summit.

Introducing our new art critic, Barry Schwabsky.

Activism against Afghanistan escalation, the death of Texas liberal Don Yarborough, a bailout for students

Hugo Chávez on Barack Obama, the Honduran crisis, and domestic successes and challenges.

Effective government is the precondition of freedom. And Obama needs to tell us that.

Israel's latest strategy for responding to allegations of human rights abuses: kill the messenger.

Obama faces a presidency-defining choice: will he escalate in Afghanistan, or plot a new course?

Columns

TruthDig

There is no indication that any of the contending forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, are interested in bringing Al Qaeda back.

Music

What a stupid question.

Why the sudden disclosure of a secret uranium enrichment facility in Iran?

Articles

Why the Obama administration's efforts to achieve a Middle East peace between the Israelis and Palestinians are inextricably linked to its efforts to bring Iran to heel.

Three years after the assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politikovskaya, impunity reigns.

Representative Betty McCollum's "ACORN Act" would prevent the government from doing business with corporations that have been found guilty of felonies.

The best arguments for the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency come from the politicians and lobbyists who oppose it.

Barely a week after Barack Obama plunged into the UN for three unprecedented days, our reconciliation with the organization is already showing fault lines.

The story under the Iranian nuclear story: how Iranian natural gas will reach Europe.

As a politician, he was a champion of progressive reform. Now he lobbies for its enemies.

Appalachian activists are gaining ground in a campaign to ban mountaintop removal mining.

Mr. President, don't derail your presidency by bungling Afghanistan.

Books & the Arts

Book

Jean Rhys wrote about women who tangled with class and sexuality on their own terms.

Book

Eliot Weinberger's enigmatic essays save him from becoming a prisoner of his polemical style.

Book

Thomas Hobbes sensed the revolutionary impulses of early modern Europe and transformed them into a defense of the most hidebound form of rule.

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ACROSS

 1 Certain crops could be so formulaic. (3,3,5)