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The Nation

The Nation July 15, 2019

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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2 min.

Cruel and Inhuman The force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, so powerfully described by Aviva Stahl in “Gag Order” [June 17/24], would not be possible without the active complicity of medical professionals. Whether or not the practice is held to be constitutional by the courts, state licensing boards generally do have the authority to act decisively against such providers. As important, certifying bodies like the American Board of Internal Medicine have the power to suspend participating physicians from their rolls, hospitals are within their rights to deny them privileges, and insurance providers can refuse them malpractice coverage. Inserting a nasogastric tube over the objections of a competent patient is a clear violation of the basic ethical norms we teach our medical students. If physicians and physicians’ assistants faced significant disciplinary consequences for…

3 min.
stonewall at 50

Fifty years ago this June, a routine part of life for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people suddenly became intolerable. Rather than scatter or submit to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s West Village, LGBTQ people fought back, resisting arrest and attacking police officers. The Stonewall riots took place in the context of a nation in upheaval, with other movements, including the anti-war and Black Power movements, increasingly embracing a spirit of militancy and radicalism. Stonewall was not, as it’s often imagined, the very first moment that LGBTQ people asserted their right to exist; organizations seeking rights for gays and lesbians had been around since at least the 1950s, and there were other, smaller riots in response to police raids on gay…

1 min.
by the numbers

70.8M People worldwide forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, violence, or human-rights violations by the end of 2018—a record number 13.6M People newly displaced in 2018 138.6K Refugee children unaccompanied by or separated from their parents (likely an underestimate) 67% Percentage of the world’s refugees who come from just five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, and South Sudan 3.7M Refugees in Turkey in 2018, the country with the world’s most for the fifth year in a row 22,491 Refugees resettled in the United States in 2018—the fewest since 1980…

4 min.
war drums on iran

President Trump reportedly called off, at the last minute, air strikes against Iran, ordered in retaliation for the shooting down of an unarmed US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. But according to former intelligence officials, he did approve US cyberstrikes against the Iranian military’s computer systems, and top White House officials are pushing him to order an attack at the next hint of provocation. With Tehran moving to enrich uranium beyond the low levels agreed to in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015—a pact that Trump withdrew the United States from a year ago—such an occasion could arise at any moment. While it is entirely possible that Trump has followed his gut instincts in avoiding a direct military clash, perhaps perceiving that it would alienate members…

1 min.
big box of corruption

In one of the largest-ever investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, US prosecutors and regulators determined that Walmart used middlemen to bribe officials around the world for more than a decade. The Obama administration imposed a $600 million fine, but on June 20, the Delaware-incorporated company agreed to pay just $282 million—out of annual revenues of $500 billion. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission launched their investigation in 2012, after The New York Times reported that Walmart shelled out millions in illegal payoffs to enact a rapid-expansion scheme in Mexico. The inquiry led investigators across the globe, with the company’s alleged misdeeds ranging from paying $400,000 to an unnamed “sorceress” in Brazil who could speed up the building-permit process to funneling money to a landlord in China…

5 min.
pal joey

Joe Biden loves to rattle off the names of the dead racist politicians he befriended in the same spirit of nostalgic reverie that a hero of a 19th-century French novel might reminisce about the mistresses he enjoyed as a young man. At a fund-raiser on June 18, the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination cited his warm relationships with the late James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge, both ardent segregationists. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden told the audience. “He never called me ‘boy.’ He always called me ‘son.’” (Was Biden even aware of the racist code that reserved “boy” for black men and “son” for white ones?) “At least there was some civility,” he added. “But today, you look at the other side and…