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.
“You Can’t Occupy This,” by Dahlia Lithwick and Raymond Vasvari. Slate, March 19, 2012.
If you think the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act sounds like a benign and inconsequential piece of legislation, think again. The act, passed with overwhelming support in Congress and signed into law on March 8th, contains small but significant language that threatens protesters and their right to assemble. This article outlines why a minor adjustment to this act is eroding rights and angering Occupy protesters.
Zoë Carpenter focuses on the intersection of economics, health and the environment.
“Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus,” by Luis Hernández Navarro. The Guardian, March 21, 2012.
If panic in Europe and the lingering reach of the American recession—not to mention unchecked climate change and a health care crisis—tell us anything, it’s that our economic system is not delivering sustainable and equitable prosperity. While Navarro’s opinion piece on Bolivia’s alternative path to "living well" gives a simplistic view of the country’s successes, it is nevertheless a cogent reminder that we are not compelled to define "recovery" as a return to a failed system.
Umar Farooq focuses on the world-wide movement for democracy.
“‘Everyone’s Got Their Indian’ – I: Separations,” by M. Neelika Jayawardane. Chapati Mystery, March 14, 2012.
“We are not Indians. We are the poors." This long piece, the first of a pair, explores the place of Indian immigrants in South Africa. Never really able to find a place racially, they saw themselves through class.
Loren Fogel focuses on peace, power and political culture.
“Overstated Iranian ‘Threat’ Puts U.S. on Path to War,” by Jean Athey and Alex Welsch. The Baltimore Sun, March 19, 2012.
As the drumbeat for war with Iran continues, Jean Athey and Alex Welsch, of Peace Action’s Maryland chapters, push back against the trajectory of policy and another “preemptive” war of choice. They summarize where circumstances stand with concern for the language of SR 380, or the Liebermann-Graham bill, which has been co-sponsored by Maryland’s Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and which offers ambiguity toward the difference between Iranian nuclear “capability” and the possession of nuclear weapons themselves. Recognizing that Iran currently does not pose a threat to the United States, they write: “We citizens of Maryland should hold our congressional delegation accountable and replace them if they do not show leadership for peace, diplomacy and rule of law.”