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April 26, 2010 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photograph by Chuck Luther, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Editorials

    The Surveillance Regime

    Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

    the Editors

  • Left & Right Against War

    When it comes to the military budget, peacenik right and left are on the same side.

    Paul Buhle

  • Noted.

    Esther Kaplan on Massey Energy and mine safety; John Nichols on WikiLeaks and collateral murder

    the Editors

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  • Books and the Arts

    Scattered Threads

    This year's Whitney Biennial fails to address the question of which art pertains to our time rather than any other.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • Anderson’s Amphibologies: On Perry Anderson

    Perry Anderson deftly punctures the EU's self-serving myths, but his own pieties make him a better prosecutor than judge.

    Mark Mazower

  • A Caller of the Dove

    In his poems, Mahmoud Darwish greeted even his own name warily, knowing it was something else he'd be forced to leave behind.

    Jordan Davis

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  • Letters


    A historical parallel that might add to Cole's well-put points, particularly regarding lawyers defending Guantánamo detainees: John Adams agreed to serve as defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired on Americans in the Boston Massacre. He believed it strengthened the American cause to give the British soldiers a fair trial.

    Our Readers, Barry Schwabsky and Miriam Pemberton