Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out nearly everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Laura Bolt focuses on human rights and revolution.
“Youth in Revolt: The Plague of State-Sponsored Violence,” by Henry Giroux. Truthout, March 14, 2012.
Since Occupy began last fall, the protest movement has found many of its most critical moments marred by violence and police brutality. This article finds a link between state-sponsored violence against protestors, the disintegration of social programs, and the increasing tendency toward harsh punishment of combat. Henry Giroux discusses and analyzes the long erosion of civil society that has reached a point where "the war on terror has become a war on democracy."
Zoë Carpenter focuses on the intersection of economics, health, and the environment.
“Goodbye, Texas Women’s Health Program,” by Andrea Grimes. RH Reality Check, March 13, 2012.
The national fight over women’s health services came to roost in Texas this week, where hundreds of thousands of women are set to lose access to preventative and reproductive health care—thanks to determined efforts by state legislators, who have for years tried to block Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid Women’s Health Program. In Texas, and across the country, the attacks on women’s health—led predominantly by white men—have been most devastating for low-income and uninsured young women and mothers.
Umar Farooq focuses on the world-wide movement for democracy.
“10 ‘Occupy’ Candidates Running for Congress,” by Josh Harkinson. Mother Jones, March 12, 2012.
While the Occupy movement has shied away from making any "official" links with political candidates, there have been plenty of candidates that look to the phenomenon for support. This article provides a list of ten (there are likely more) people running for Congressional seats, what connects them to the Occupy movement, and what chances they have of winning.
Loren Fogel focuses on peace, power, and political culture.
“U.S. May Disclose Missile Defense Data to Russia,” by Alexey Eremenko. RIA Novosti, March 12, 2012.
In negotiations over the deployment and long-term development of missile defense, the United States has expressed potential openness to sharing with Russia data on the speed of its rockets. RIA Novosti cites Alexander Khramchikhin, a researcher with the Institute for Political and Military Analysis in Moscow, as saying that the offer to share "secret data" on the velocity of rockets is key to countering Russian military concerns that US/NATO missile defenses threaten Russia’s missile capabilities and the delicate balance of deterrence. This offer further demonstrates that the United States is committed to a robust trajectory of missile defense policy.