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There’s more to American nonprofits than the success of wealthy donors and their large foundations.

Most people caught up in the Algerian War left no accounts of it at all.

Russian flag

Instead of a new era of democracy, disarmament and interdependence, we have had unchecked militarism and economic crisis.

USSR flag

Twenty years later, questions endure about how and why the nation abruptly dissolved.

Communist supporters, Russia

Ever since 1991, Russians have been looking to the Soviet past for comfort and pride.

Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Hillary Clinton

Hopes for reform in Burma are starting to be fulfilled, but skepticism of its rulers is still warranted.

Enrique Krauze

A Mexican intellectual takes the measure of liberalism and revolution in twentieth-century Latin America.

J. Edgar Hoover

Clint Eastwood's cinematic exploration of the FBI chief's rise to power is little more than a comforting myth.

Occupy Wall Street

Will it last? Skeptics are entitled to their doubts, but I'm confident that, as with the Populist movement of a century ago, OWS will bring lasting change


Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014