As Glenn Greenwald and others have written, this week is a time for checking racial stereotypes. Elsewhere from the Boston Marathon, as this week's Nation intern roundup indicates, world-turning questions abound. What is Africa? Who was (is) Jesus? How human are animals? And what is this journalistic "view from nowhere"?
— Alleen Brown focuses on education.
“New Memo Implicates Michelle Rhee in D.C. Schools Cheating Scandal.” All in with Chris Hayes, April 12, 2013.
Chris Hayes interviews PBS education reporter John Merrow, who broke news that Michelle Rhee received an "open invitation" to investigate suspected DC schools cheating while she was chancellor. The warning came in the form of a memo that said multiple schools likely cheated on standardized test. Unlike Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall, Rhee has not been charged with any wrongdoing. Said Merrow, "The difference is that the Atlanta newspaper stayed on the case; that didn't happen in Washington. The state of Georgia stayed on the case, and that did not happen in Washington."
— James Cersonsky focuses on labor and education.
“The View From Somewhere,” by Laurie Penny. Jacobin, March 13, 2013.
The cis white male has, as always, survived the "newest" journalism. As Laurie Penny narrates, journalistic "embeddedness," or extraction, is a deeply sexualized materiality floating through the empty offices of print media and onward to the great liberated beyond of the left.
— Catherine Defontaine focuses on war, security and peace-related issues, African and French politics, peacekeeping and the link between conflicts and natural resources.
“Africa Is a Great Country.” Foreign Policy, April 11, 2013.
In recent years, Africa has become the world’s fastest-growing continent, attracting emerging-market investors. Africa’s 6 percent GDP growth rate has even exceeded that of Asia. However, westerners continue to view Africa either as a dying continent, plagued by wars, famine and diseases, or as a romantic place with its beautiful as well as exotic landscapes and animals. The Swedish photographer Jens Assur wants to change this perception. With his collection of 40 photographs focusing on big African cities, Assur wants to show people “not how ‘Africa is dying’ but rather ‘how Africa lives’.”
— Andrew Epstein focuses on social history, colonialism and indigenous rights.