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.
“The World’s 7 Worst Internet Censorship Offenders,” by Alex Pearlman. Global Post, April 4, 2012.
The Internet and social media have played an important role in the recent revolutionary efforts all over the world. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), many countries still struggle with online freedom and censorship. Using data from Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and the UN Democracy Fund, Global Post lists the seven countries where Internet freedom is most in danger.
Zoë Carpenter focuses on the intersection of economics, health and the environment.
“White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds,” by Gardiner Harris. The New York Times, April 2, 2012.
In the run-up to the election, is the Obama administration responding to attacks on its regulatory policies by putting politics before good science? A spat over listing the calorie count of theater popcorn may seem trivial, but the independence of agencies like the Food and Drug Administration is crucial for scientific integrity and sound public policy.
Umar Farooq focuses on the world-wide movement for democracy.
“Occupy Union Square: The Evolution Of A New Protest Camp,” by Nick Pinto. The Village Voice, March 26, 2012.
Occupy Wall Street has been trying to restart its occupation, this time in Union Square, where they engage in a nightly confrontation with police dubbed Eviction Theatre. As the piece points out, some organizers question the amount of energy put into dealing with the police, and worry that it is detracting from a larger political message from the movement.
Loren Fogel focuses on peace, power, and political culture.
“Japan Readies Anti-missile Defence for N Korea Rocket,” by Lucy Williamson. BBC, March 23, 2012.
In the realpolitik world of missiles and missile defenses, April is heating up to be quite a month. North Korea has announced that it will launch into orbit a rocket-mounted satellite sometime between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th birthday of the late Great Leader Kim Il-sung. Japan, South Korea, and the US have all expressed worry that the satellite launch is cover for a long-range ballistic missile test, which would violate a DPRK promise in the Leap Day deal to halt missile tests in exchange for food aid. In preparation for the launch, Japan and the United States are positioning missile defense capabilities and considering the option of shooting down the rocket. In other news, India is planning to test a long-range nuclear missile, the Agni-V, also in mid-April, which has a strike range of over 5,000-km. No one is talking about shooting it down. So it goes.