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The Nation September 30, 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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operation enduring war

This September 11 marks the 18th year since hijackers seized four US airliners, plowing three into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and deranged our politics. In the fraught months that followed, US leaders declared one war after another, miring this country in conflicts from Central Asia to the Middle East. There is still no end in sight. The longest of these conflicts—in fact, the longest war in US history—is the one that George W. Bush launched against the Taliban less than a month after 9/11. The mission, he claimed, was “to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime.” He spoke…

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by the numbers

4 Consecutive years with at least one Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic—a record set this year 2017 Year when three of the five costliest US hurricanes occurred: Harvey, Maria, and Irma $1.7T Total cost of the 250 weather and climate disasters with damages of at least $1 billion that the US endured since 1980 185 mph Hurricane Dorian’s wind speed at landfall—tied for an Atlantic record with the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 76K Number of people left homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands as a result of Dorian 1 Number of news segments (out of 216) on ABC, CBS, and NBC from August 28 to September 5 that linked climate change to hurricanes like Dorian, according to Media Matters…

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think the green new deal is pricey?

Recently, the Democratic National Committee rejected calls for a presidential primary debate dedicated to climate change. DNC chair Tom Perez argued that focusing on climate change alone would be unfair to those whose campaigns are more focused on other issues—which might be a compelling argument if experts said those matters had the potential to lead to civilizational collapse. This was a missed opportunity to demand that the candidates who have not authored or signed on to an ambitious proposal to transform our economy and energy infrastructure over a relatively short time frame—like the Green New Deal—explain how they would pay for their more moderate approaches. “How will we pay for it?” is rarely asked in discussions of the military budget or trillion-dollar corporate tax cuts. But the media consistently demands that Democratic…

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q&a ady barkan

Three years ago, Ady Barkan, then 32, had a flourishing career as a progressive activist; a wife, Rachael, who’d just landed a dream job as a professor; and a chubby baby boy named Carl. The two had just bought a beautiful house and were picturing the decades they would spend there together. They were, Ady writes in his new memoir, Eyes to the Wind, “the happiest and luckiest people we knew.” Then in the fall of 2016, after Ady felt some weakness in his left hand, a neurologist gave him a death sentence: a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Since then, Ady Barkan has become arguably the most influential activist in America. Many people first heard about him when he happened to be on the same plane as Senator…

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kashmir under siege

I arrived in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, on August 1, and the next day, the government ordered tourists, nonresident students, and Hindu pilgrims to leave immediately. While the state’s governor warned Kashmiris not to engage in “rumormongering,” residents knew something big was coming. In just a few hours, families spent all they could spare on fuel, rice, cooking gas, flour, and other essentials. When Kashmir’s 8 million residents awoke on August 5, they found themselves without cell phone, landline, Internet, or cable television services. About 12 hours after the blackout, Narendra Modi’s administration revoked Article 370 of India’s Constitution, wiping out the region’s autonomy. Srinagar immediately became a razor wire city. Paramilitary and militarized police appeared at every intersection, blocking crossings, roads, bridges, and highways with coils of concertina…

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epa rule rollbacks

WARNING TRUMP IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH Since Donald Trump took office, his administration has worked tirelessly to make it easier for businesses to destroy the environment and taint our food. A recent New York Times analysis found that his White House has killed, stymied, or targeted 84 environmental rules. Among the regulations the administration has set its sights on are those regarding chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to neurological damage in children. Chlorpyrifos was once widely sprayed on crops. But after a series of studies confirmed its ill effects, the Environmental Protection Agency banned the substance from homes, schools, and day cares in 2000. Yet the agency allowed farmers to keep using chlorpyrifos on crops as long as it was sharply limited on staples of children’s food, such as grapes, apples,…

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