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December 22, 2008 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Features

    The Imperial Transition

    Obama's transition is the earliest, biggest, fastest, best organized and most efficient on record. But has the media failed to see the larger architecture of this moment, and what it portends for the presidency to come?

    Tom Engelhardt

  • Greece in Flames, Again

    The police shooting of a boy has unleashed riots and seething resentment in Greece among young people lost in the economic downturn and a society betrayed by a corrupt and incompetent government.

    Maria Margaronis

  • Justice, of a Sort, for Blackwater

    Federal charges are filed against Blackwater guards accused of killing and maiming Iraqi civilians. But the company continues to operate in Iraq and its executives escape scrutiny.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • Chavismo Takes a Hit

    Venezuela's poor have seen life improve under Hugo Chávez. But opposition gains in regional elections signal corruption, and crumbling public services have taken their toll on his popularity.

    Alexander Cuadros

  • The Battle for Human Rights

    Which idea of human rights will prevail: Western notions of freedom from fear or poorer nations' insistence on freedom from want?

    Barbara Crossette

  • Who Are the Taliban?

    Who, exactly, are the Taliban? It's clear Afghan insurgents are far from monolithic.

    Anand Gopal

  • Obama’s Afghan Dilemma

    Obama calls Afghanistan "the right war." But sending more US troops into the quagmire will only make the crisis worse.

    Bob Dreyfuss

  • Editorials

    Building for the Future

    An activist calls for engaging youth in political life beyond the election.

    Supriya Pillai

  • Listening to Odetta

    Her voice a force of nature and her theatrical sense undimmed, Odetta-made music of extraordinary compassion, intuition and grace.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Trading Partners

    Xavier Becerra, Obama's pick for US trade representative, could bring the change working people here and abroad can believe in.

    John Nichols

  • India’s Muslims

    The deep grievances of marginalized Indian Muslims are a source of major societal rifts, exacerbated by the anti-Muslim propaganda of Hindu fundamentalists.

    Barbara Crossette

  • Ending the Mindset

    Dissenting views on Iraq and Afghanistan will have to come not from the hawkish national security team, but from outside Washington, and from Obama himself.

    the Editors

  • Noted.

    Wal-Mart's toxic workplace; higher ed takes a hit; the right-wing blame game.

    the Editors

  • After Mumbai

    There is no military solution to the crisis in South Asia. It falls to Barack Obama to create a new path out of the deepening Afghan-Pakistan crisis.

    the Editors

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