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May 3, 2010


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Letter published in the May 3, 2010, issue of The Nation.


David Cole on Dawn Johnsen, Greg Kaufmann on Stephen Friedman's windfall profits and Clarissa A. León on Islam Siddiqui, "pesticide pusher"

The current climate change legislation threatens to do more harm than good.

After 9/11, it's less controversial to kill a suspect in cold blood than to hold him in preventive detention.

The former Fed chief makes his case: everyone, and no one, is to blame for the financial crisis.


Germany has problems--but on healthcare and gun control, it's way ahead of the States.

The first black president has created a definitional crisis for whiteness.


Don't believe the spin.

Demented deniers, welcome to the USA!

Environmentalists chalk up wins on the ground, putting coal companies on the defensive.

The US military's plans would devastate Guam's environment. Its citizens are fighting back.

To Western consumers, carbon offsets sound good on paper—but the devil is in the details.

 As Washington dithers, sites slated for cleanup long ago continue to threaten human health.

The agency has the tools to regulate greenhouse gases—if Congress doesn't take them away.

Books & the Arts


Juan Carlos Onetti immerses himself in reality just long enough to fashion an escape. This is his peculiar gift.


Miroslav Tichy's haphazard, eccentric photographs are disciplined, even rigorous--and indifferent to the claims of their female subjects.


This puzzle originally appeared in the May 1, 1948, issue.

Europe's Answer to Wall Street

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Earth Day

Individuals can be a powerful engine for change by demanding green products and reducing fossil fuel consumption.


Afghanistan Series


Greg Mitchell

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Greg Mitchell writes a daily blog for The Nation focusing on media, politics and culture. He is the former editor of Editor & Publisher and author of thirteen books. His latest book, on the 2012 Obama-Romney race, is Tricks, Lies, and Videotape. His other books include Atomic Cover-Up, The Campaign of the Century (winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize), two books related to WikiLeaks and a pair of books with Robert Jay Lifton on Hiroshima and the death penalty in America. His Twitter feed is @GregMitch and he can be reached at:  epic1934@aol.com.   His personal blog is Pressing Issues.

Beneath the Radar

The sad irony of terrorism is that it sparks a backlash against the very groups it seeks to champion.

No, we should not stop talking about police shootings.

People who are black and poor aren’t allowed to be young and irresponsible.

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis is eyeing Mayor Emanuel’s job.

From education to gun control, progressive movements need to do a better job empowering the people whose interests they claim to serve.

The murder of Jordan Davis—like that of Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin and so many others—reflects a racist culture in which the black body is considered fair game.

The people celebrate the man and the revolutionary, while venting frustration with the path his party has taken.

Europe’s panic is about race and class, not child abduction.



Diary of a Mad Law Professor

There I was, in the basement of the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta, enjoying a private tour of the place.

"The black pseudo leader is a parasite," wrote black pseudo-leader Armstrong Williams in October 2004.

I, Condoleezza Rice, was leaning over the kitchen sink, hacking up a half-dozen or so rotisserie chickens and slinging the parts into a serving dish in time for the first of the party guests.

In the postelection world, holding evangelical Protestantism up to the light has become all the rage, which does seem somewhat like shutting the barn door after the horse has left the barn.

Six more days till the election. As of this writing (October 27), nothing is certain. The election polls are bouncing around like yo-yos.

It is exasperating listening to the news as we approach this most important election. The coverage is all about comparing the length of the candidate's sentences. How many big words do they use?

It was an odd dream: The Bush twins were ten feet tall and peering in my window. They were snickering. "We had a hamster too..." they were saying, as though it were the merriest of threats.