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October 25, 2010 | The Nation

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October 25, 2010

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Tom Hayden on Obama's Wars, David Bacon on union-busting in Iraq and Patricia Williams on the US's shameful medical experimentation on Guatemalans
 

Editorials

Undocumented workers are so thoroughly woven into the fabric of our economy that even two professional immigrant-bashers, Lou Dobbs and Meg Whitman, have found it difficult to avoid relying on their labor.

Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars is essential reading for anyone seeking a map out of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

John Nichols on attorneys general against Citizens United, Adam Federman on hazards of natural gas drilling and Jennifer O'Mahoney on attempts to rollback California's regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

As Facebook continues to shape norms online and set the bar for aspiring start-ups, it is worth remembering the premise that it was built on.

Masturbation is normal, natural and good for you; you wouldn't know it from the hours of talk-media devoted to winks and nudges over the adventures of Christine O'Donnell.

Columns

When revelations of unethical medical experimentation by the US in Guatemala surfaced, there were, as always, protestations of "never again." But we're failing to address the true cost of the experiment: distrust of the medical establishment among the disenfranchised.

American conservatism is poised to come to (legislative) power, just as it runs itself off the rails.

Articles

While he railed against "illegals," undocumented immigrants tended to his estates and prize horses. A special Nation investigative report.

Can Governor Rick Perry hold off a stronger than expected challenger and take a shot at 2012?

Conservative groups backed by wealthy donors are attacking the legislation at the state level.

With US approval and privatization the goal, the government is targeting organized labor.

Books & the Arts

Book

Christine Stansell's The Feminist Promise is a landmark book, yet is indifferent to the role of ideas in feminism's history.

Poetry

Waiting for Godot in New Orleans is a field guide to the life of an idea worked out in a community over eight months.

Film

David Fincher's The Social Network; Yael Hersonki's A Film Unfinished; Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Book

In Our Orbit: Tom Engelhardt's The American Way of War.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the October 25, 1975, issue.