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The Nation June 14/21, 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

8 min
the nakba is now

AS THE ONGOING CRISIS HAS SWEPT WITH STUNNING VIOLENCE ACROSS ALL OF THE territory over which the Israeli state desperately tries to project its power—from Acre in the north to Gaza in the south—a new set of political circumstances is coming into sharp focus. To begin with, the violence this time is not just taking place—as it so often has in recent years—in absurdly lopsided “exchanges” of fire in and out of Gaza, pitting homemade Palestinian rockets against the large-scale devastation that only a modern military can inflict. It is also taking place across what Benjamin Netanyahu recently referred to as the “second front” in cities long under Israeli control. Mobs of Jewish supremacists, sometimes protected and sometimes actively assisted by state security forces, have been terrorizing Palestinian citizens of…

1 min
by the numbers

$236B Total US military aid to Israel from 1946 to 2018 $38B US military aid pledged to Israel from 2019 to 2028 under a 2016 memorandum of understanding (MOU) 0 Number of countries set to receive more US military aid than Israel between 2019 and 2028 59% Share of US foreign military aid in 2021 set to go to Israel 50 Number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the US’s most advanced stealth aircraft, purchased by Israel from Lockheed Martin with US funds 51:1 Ratio of US military aid received by Israel to US humanitarian assistance received by Palestinians in 2021 1 Number of countries that are allowed to use US military aid for their own domestic weapons industry…

5 min
censorship and the good life

“HOW DO I KNOW WHAT I THINK TILL I SEE WHAT I SAY?” was a maxim of E.M. Forster’s—and a fine one. But the Simon & Schuster workers who petitioned to break their company’s contract with former vice president Mike Pence were sure they knew what he thought before he said it. To publish his memoir would be “legitimizing bigotry,” since Pence was the tool of Donald Trump, and Trump had “unequivocally advocated for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, antisemitism, and violence.” Anti-Semitism? Many Israelis, grateful for Trump’s go-ahead to change their capital to Jerusalem, might disagree. Trump’s son-in-law and worldwide minister without portfolio, Jared Kushner, is Jewish; so is the man who served as his main presidential speechwriter, Stephen Miller. But Pence was accused of something…

5 min
the century-long fight

ON APRIL 27, A CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE passed a bill to return oceanfront real estate stolen from a Black couple by white city officials in 1924 to the living descendants of its original owners. The vote brings the Bruce family one step closer to a restoration of their rightful inheritance. “This will be a precedent for this country,” Duane Yellow Feather Shepard, a Bruce family descendant and spokesperson, told me. “It needs to be studied by young people as to how they should proceed in trying to get justice for their families and their people in the African American nation within this white nation.” Shepard’s ancestors, Willa and Charles Bruce, left New Mexico in the early 1900s, resettling in the California township now known as Manhattan Beach. In 1912, the…

4 min
democrats should create more federal holidays

DEMOCRATS TEND TO LEAVE EASY POINTS on the playing field out of a misguided sense of modesty, the term Joe Biden used recently when recounting his experiences in the Obama White House. By refusing to take a “victory lap” and crow about his accomplishments, President Biden argued, Barack Obama failed to maximize the political benefits from the things he did. Political scientists call this the art of credit claiming: convincing voters that you are the reason something good has happened. Biden himself missed an opportunity when he declined to put his name on the $2,000—er, I mean $1,400—economic relief checks sent out earlier this year, as Donald Trump had done. Liberals tend to see that kind of poli-ticking as tacky, which of course it is. It’s also important and necessary. There’s nothing…

6 min
dear president biden

DEAR PRESIDENT BIDEN, YOU KNOW AND I KNOW THAT YOU COULD LEARN A lot from Jimmy Carter’s presidency. You are 18 years younger than our longest-living ex-president, but he was your friend and political ally in the 1970s, when you were a senator in your 30s. You were the first senator to endorse Carter’s miraculous run for the White House from complete obscurity. And when he won in 1976, you found yourself on the same political wavelength with the former Georgia governor. You both started out in politics as pragmatic populists: Democrats, but fiscal conservatives. You both opposed school busing and supported a woman’s right to choose—but opposed using federal funds for abortions. In January 1978, just one year into Carter’s presidency, you dropped by the White House to warn him that…