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The Nation April 19/26, 2021

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.

United States
The Nation, LP
36 Issues

in this issue

3 min
evil empire

SHORTLY AFTER A MAN KILLED EIGHT PEOPLE, SIX OF THEM ASIAN WOMEN, IN Atlanta, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced the violence, saying it “has no place in America or anywhere.” Blinken made the comments during his first official trip to Asia with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, where Blinken warned China that the United States will push back against its “coercion and aggression” and Austin cautioned North Korea that the United States, following its military exercise with South Korea was ready to “fight tonight.” Yet such hawkish rhetoric echoes accusations that Donald Trump and other Republicans made against China and directly contributes to rising anti-Asian violence in the US. In fact, it is part of a long history of denigrating Asians to justify endless wars and US militarism. And this…

4 min
patently unjust

IN MARCH 2021, KENYA ANNOUNCED ITS COVID-19 vaccination plan. The government, according to its own documents, aims to inoculate just 30 percent of its 48 million residents: citizens over 50, those who work in health or in hospitality, and those with comorbidities. There is no proposal for the rest of us—no aspiration even to achieve herd immunity. This would be egregious even if it weren’t happening against the backdrop of perhaps the worst display of national selfishness in modern history. The European Union, the United States, and Canada are hoarding the vaccine, prepurchasing doses for up to six times their population in some cases. Moreover, because of national agreements with the pharmaceutical companies, they are buying the vaccines at preferential prices. The European Union, for example, is paying $2.15 for each…

4 min
justice delayed

ONE DAY IN 2012, A YEAR INTO MY FIRST REAL JOB, at the Innocence Project, my phone rang. It wasn’t uncommon for intake calls to accidentally find their way to my line. For desperate family members advocating for a loved one in prison, it didn’t always matter whom they spoke to—they just needed someone to hear them. On this day, it was a far more unlikely caller: a retired New York Police Department detective from Long Island named Pete Fiorillo. Fiorillo told me at length about a case in Queens that he was certain had resulted in a wrongful conviction—and not just of one man but of three: George Bell, Gary Johnson, and Rohan Bolt. All three were Black; all three had been convicted of a botched robbery and murder at…

5 min
free dr. seuss!

SHUT OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND REDUCED TO A minority party in Congress, Republicans think they have found a path back to power in the unlikely form of The Cat in the Hat. On March 2, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced it was taking six books written and drawn by the late Theodore Seuss Geisel off the market because “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” Republicans were quick to jump on the story. “Now 6 Dr. Seuss books are cancelled too?” Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted. “When history looks back at this time it will be held up as an example of a depraved sociopolitical purge driven by hysteria and lunacy,” he proclaimed. A slew of other Republicans rose to defend the allegedly threatened author. With…

5 min
clearing the shelves

NEVER MIND DR. SEUSS’S SIX DISCONTINUED BOOKS. FOR the record, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street is a work of considerable genius, despite the offending cartoon of a Chinese man eating rice, and McElligot’s Pool is pretty great too, despite its use of the outmoded word “Eskimo,” complete with clichéd depiction of an Inuit in fur-lined parka. How hard could it have been to replace the few offending pictures and words? Many other classic children’s books—Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, for example—have been quietly edited to remove racist content, and that’s good. However, as many have pointed out, the rights are owned by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and if it doesn’t want to keep the books in print, that’s its privilege, just the way Amazon is…

8 min
should governments consider engineering the atmosphere to avoid the worst effects of climate change?

Yes OLIVER MORTON GOVERNMENTS SHOULD CONSIDER solar geoengineering for two reasons. The first is that other ways to avoid the worst effects of climate change may not prove achievable in the world as it really is. The other is that, if there is a risk that another government might attempt to transform the atmosphere, it would be delinquent not to have thought through how to react. That means trying to understand what the effects of such engineering might be on your own country and the world. There is little doubt that lacing the stratosphere with particles that reflect sunlight back into space would decouple Earth’s surface temperature from greenhouse gas levels, allowing for cooler temperatures than otherwise would occur. On a planet with greenhouse gas levels expected to deliver 2.5 degrees Celsius of…