Romney ate with the president. A man wants his face tattoo removed. Election season ended a month ago, but that's not stopping the media's obsession with presidential politics. And when they're not speculating about 2016, we get Powerball coverage. For a change, Nation interns scanned the headlines for stories you might've missed, from the revolving door aspirations of Obama aides to the plight of Pakistan's Shia Muslims.
Nader Atassi focuses on Middle Eastern politics and society.
“Aftermath of Gaza Assault: Black Eye for Israel and Strengthened Hamas,” by Alex Kane. Mondoweiss, November 26, 2012.
This article provides an excellent analysis of the aftermath of the Gaza Assault for Israel and Hamas. Kane argues that Israel failed to achieve any strategic objectives, failed to enhance its position in the region and failed to strike any fatal blows to Hamas, all while tarnishing its image internationally due to the high civilian death toll. Hamas emerged strengthened and will probably benefit from the assault in the long run. Hamas will be seen in a more positive light by Palestinians all over, it has enhanced its stature in the region, and possibly improved the economic situation in Gaza if the blockade on Gaza is eased, as stipulated in the ceasefire agreement. All in all, despite overwhelming military might, Hamas is the party that emerged stronger in the aftermath of the Gaza war.
Jeff Ernsthausen focuses on domestic politics and the influence of money on public institutions.
“Special Report: How gaming Libor became business as usual,” by Carrick Mollenkamp, Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein. Reuters, November 20, 2012.
Reuters released a special report last week on the Libor manipulation scandal that cost Barclays hundreds of millions in fines this summer and prompted lawsuits against—and on-going investigations of—many of the world's largest banks. The report takes an in-depth look at how the practice of manipulating a key set of interest rates for profit by those trusted to report them became an everyday activity at Barclays, and how regulators in the US were warned as early as the mid-1990s that the Libor system was ripe for corruption.
Stefan Fergus focuses on US media, the Presidency, and China.
“Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan Apparently Can't Remember Anything,” by Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone, November 27, 2012.