The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 3-4, March-April

Angst on the Aegean: Crises Can Force Even the Most Dysfunctional Governments to Change-And Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou Aims to Prove It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last December, when the leaders of the European Union gathered for their year-end meeting, the mood was tense. As always, proceedings began with a simple working dinner around a big oval table in one of the ugly modern structures...
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Asleep at the Seal: Just How Bad Does a College Have to Be to Lose Accreditation?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Southeastern University had the saddest bookstore you'll ever see. It was more of a walk-in closet, really, a tiny space off the lobby of the university's one and only building. When I walked through the bookstore doorway...
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DNA's Dirty Little Secret: A Forensic Tool Renowned for Exonerating the Innocent May Actually Be Putting Them in Prison
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Three days before Christmas 1972, a twenty-two-year-old nurse named Diana Sylvester wrapped up her night shift at the University of San Francisco Medical Center and made her way to her apartment, halfway between the hospital...
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Robber Barons on K Street
Since the Reagan administration rewrote the rules of anti-trust enforcement nearly three decades ago, the American economy has undergone wave after wave of corporate consolidation. As Barry Lynn and Phillip Longman make clear in this issue ("Who Broke...
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Tilting at Windmills
Subordinate power It was troubling to see Janet Napolitano and Leon Panetta be so defensive about the obvious failures of their respective agencies. Napolitano has an excellent reputation, and I have admired Panetta for years. But good people can...
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Uncle Ali: If You Liked Hamid Karzai and Pervez Musharraf, You'll Love Our Latest Ally, Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh
Yemen is prettier than it looks on TV. If you drive the length of this rugged nation--from the border with Saudi Arabia in the north to the sparkling turquoise of the Gulf of Aden in the south--the landscape outside your window will slip from something...
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Who Broke America's Jobs Machine? Why Creeping Consolidation Is Crushing American Livelihoods
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If any single number captures the state of the American economy over the last decade, it is zero. That was the net gain in jobs between 1999 and 2009--nada, nil, zip. By painful contrast, from the 1940s through the 1990s,...
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