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The Nation

October 7, 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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letters@thenation.com

Sold Out, Again I recently downloaded your magazine from the Braille and Audio Reading Download website produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. I found Mara Kardas-Nelson’s article about St. James Parish [“To Stay or Go?” Sept. 9/16] to be the sad same ol’ same ol’. I live in Louisiana, should have had the sense to get out a long time ago. I do not understand why our politicians give away so much—so much in taxes that businesses do not pay, so much in natural resources—and yet Louisiana is so often found at the bottom or near the bottom in so many metrics, whether in education, income, working conditions, etc. Texas has a bigger petrochemical industry but seems not to give so much away in tax breaks.…

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strike for the planet

A year ago, inspired by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, young people around the world began climate striking—walking out of school for a few hours on Fridays to demand action against the global warming that darkens their future. In March, when 1.4 million kids around the world walked out of school, they asked for adults to join them next time. That next time is September 20 (in a few countries, September 27), and it is shaping up to be the biggest day of climate action in the planet’s history. Everyone from the members of big trade unions to over 1,200 workers at Amazon’s headquarters, and from college students to senior citizens, will be setting the day aside to rally in cities and towns for faster action from the world’s governments and…

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by the numbers

52 Years Israel has occupied the Jordan Valley in the West Bank 8,775 Number of Palestinians living in the areas of the Jordan Valley that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex 22–30 Percentage of the West Bank that will be annexed if Netanyahu proceeds 85 Percentage of land in the Jordan Valley that Palestinians are already barred from using or entering 20 Average available liters of water per day per person for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley 50–100 Minimum liters of water per day per person recommended by the World Health Organization…

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snowden speaks

To earlier generations of Nation readers, the phrase “Speak for yourself, John,” was what we’d now call a meme. In Longfellow’s “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” it’s Mayflower passenger Priscilla Mullins’s retort to John Alden, who courts her on behalf of his friend Standish (while secretly in love with her himself). Though the story is likely apocryphal, Mullins and Alden did marry, producing a host of descendants, including Longfellow himself and, according to his new memoir—The Nation’s exclusive excerpt begins on page 12—Edward Snowden. Even for those of us who’ve followed the Snowden revelations closely, Permanent Record is full of surprises. Far from the low-level IT drone depicted in most early press accounts (and even further from the naive, possibly traitorous Putin pawn trashed by his critics), the narrator of this…

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making the world safe for brand trump

It was only a matter of time. By all accounts, national security adviser John Bolton had long alienated many of the key players in the Trump White House. The flap over the Afghanistan peace agreement, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo favoring a deal with the Taliban and Bolton opposing one, was merely the final straw, leading to his abrupt dismissal on the evening of September 9. While personal antipathy—Bolton was widely reviled for his brash manner and self-serving ways—and discord over Afghanistan were the immediate causes of his ouster, it was a deeper rift over US foreign policy that doomed his tenure at the White House. Though aligned on certain issues, Bolton and Donald Trump possess very different visions of America’s role in the world, and with Bolton out…

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in the shadow of debt

Student debt is transforming the lives of young adults, and the evidence of its damage is piling up. Student debt drives people away from public service jobs toward higher-paying ones with no civic purpose. It is linked with lower rates of entrepreneurship, which is deadly for our economy that already has too few new businesses. And it is associated with a delay in all kinds of markers of adulthood: buying a car, purchasing a home, even starting a family. As the number of people carrying student debt into their late 30s and early 40s increases, these effects will drag on, with ripple effects across the economy. But student debt affects not just the student debtors themselves. It is reworking the lives of parents and families. In her new book Indebted, economic…

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