October 5, 2009 | The Nation

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October 5, 2009

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¡Viva Honduras!

Nashua, N.H.


The 1960 "airlift" of 800 African students to study in the United States lent a crucial boost to John F. Kennedy's popularity among African-Americans.

The Ninth Circuit rules that John Ashcroft can be held accountable for the "paradigm of prevention" that led to unlawful detainment of a US citizen.

At the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, activists will push the United States to back proposals to regulate CEO compensation and require corporate responsibility.

Norwegians vote for "social-democratic paradise;" Rep. Joe Wilson's lie turns lucrative; why are all the taxpayers at the 9/12 march white?

The Supreme Court is poised to overrule decisions restricting corporate speech in political campaigns.



President Obama should follow the model of the incredibly successful Reagan revolution and heed the political base that made his presidency possible.

An overwhelming majority of Chicagoans oppose spending any public money on the Olympics. But Obama is lining up with Mayor Daley in support of the Windy City's bid.


If women's equality is the cause of our time, we'll get further by acknowledging it's a challenge no country has fully met than by framing it as a Western crusade.

"Birthers'" claims shift, but their essence is always the same: Barack Obama has no right to be president.


Climate change groups occupy a central place among G-20 protests in Pittsburgh.

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold suggests that he
will oppose more troops and funding for the war in Afghanistan if the
Obama adminstration doesn't present a cohesive exit strategy.

Even permitted demonstrators are subjected to unconstitutional search and seizure at the gathering of world leaders.

This week's UN General Assembly session will be memorable not so much for what is said by the lineup of world leaders as for the sustained involvement of one of them: Barack Obama.

In a surprise victory, Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova becomes the first female and first Eastern European head of Unesco.

Whatever the debate in Washington, Congressional and military scenarios for training a vast Afghan Army will never come true.

The United States is coming ever closer to a state that matches the Orwellian slogan from 1984: war is peace.

Americans deserve a government agency charged with fostering the pursuit of happiness.

We need to change the sorry frame of the debate over judges and the role the judicial system plays in our democracy.

Do brothel raids help trafficking victims escape abuse, or skirt the reality that makes recovery so difficult for the "rescued?"

Books & the Arts


Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum, Jane Campion's Bright Star


How did Wal-Mart become so successful that its merciless economic model could threaten its own bottom line?


Mercè Rodoreda's fiction plumbs a sadness borne of helplessness, an almost voluptuous vulnerability.



 1 Everything is this, as kith and kin can prove. (8)