It was a year of alarming news and amazing reporting and analysis–on the Iraq War, torture and unauthorized surveillance; the rise of private security firms and the burgeoning business of disaster capitalism; the beginning of a crucial campaign season; the growing power of interactive media and a climate crisis that worsens by the day.
It was a year in which Nation correspondents, columnists, bloggers, videographers and other contributors did what they do best: pathbreaking reporting and insightful analysis, viewing a world in turmoil through the lens of progressive politics.
To view the year gone by we turned to the readers of TheNation.com to see just which pieces drew the most attention in 2007 and to our editors, who weighed the significance of the year in news. Here’s what meant the most to our readers:
Jeremy Scahill |
This report, based on Scahill’s 2007 book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books), reveals a frightening picture of a politically connected private army that serves as the Bush Administration’s praetorian guard. The video version of Scahill’s story was viewed more than 600,000 times on our VideoNation YouTube channel.
No reporter in America knows more about the shadowy world of private security than Scahill. See his May 10 testimony on outsourcing the Iraq War before the House Subcommittee on Defense here and all his 2007 reporting on this subject in The Nation‘s Blackwater archivehere.
Chris Hedges & Laila Al-Arian |
In a special investigation supported by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute, Hedges and Al-Arian conducted interviews with fifty combat veterans that revealed disturbing patterns of behavior by US troops in Iraq–brutal acts that go unreported and unpunished. The report drew global attention and put returning Iraq veterans in the forefront as truth-tellers of what really is happening in Iraq.
Naomi Klein |
Drawn from award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist Naomi Klein’s latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Klein’s recent reporting and analysis for The Nation follows the rise of a new post-9/11 economy, driven by Bush Administration notions of an endless war against an undefined notion of evil. Read more of Klein’s columns on disaster capitalism here; view a VideoNation interview here.