Senate majority leader Harry Reid. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“We’re seeing catastrophic effects of climate change,” by Harry Reid.Las Vegas Sun, August 11, 2013.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid pulled no punches in his Sunday column for the Las Vegas Sun, imploring “us all…to stop acting like those who deny” climate change “have a valid point of view. They don’t.” This is the kind of direct, no-room-for-debate tactic that needs to be widely adopted. Climate change is no longer an argument, and coverage painting it as one disservices and misinforms viewers and readers. When 97+ percent of scientists agree, yet a dwindling, inaccurate minority of deniers exist, presenting them as a valid counterpoint isn’t objective reporting; it’s inaccurate reporting. A recent study that found watching Fox News makes viewers distrust climate scientists comes to mind.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the “War on Terror” and the Middle East.
“The Faraway Nearby,” by Rebecca Solnit. Guernica, May 15, 2013.
I have often fallen into a story, tumbling out to the other side, bruised; scrapes and cuts in all the right places. So has Rebecca Solnit. And so have you. Before many start to tell their own stories, they step into the stories of others, escaping their own world to share somebody’s most intimate experiences. Only to share their own most intimate experiences later. With a stranger. Someone they have never met, will never meet. And so it goes. From one story-teller to the next.
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“Slave and Slaveholder Descendants Break Free of History’s Trauma—Together,” by Lisa Gale Garrigues. Yes! August 2, 2013.
Cultural trauma is something that afflicts large groups of people, for examples, Americans after 9/11, Jews after the Holocaust, African-Americans after slavery or indigenous peoples after Western Civilization’s genocidal expansion. It produces internalized forms of alienation and humiliation, which people re-enact against themselves through addiction, depression, structural violence and other malignant emotional maladies. People may repeat these forms of trauma in cycles: children of alcoholics who grow up to marry alcoholics; Israeli militarism and the Occupation; Islamophobic Americans and the “War on Terror”; or even the more general phenomena of “history repeating itself.” This article discusses attempts to bring various disparate parties together in an attempt to heal these cultural divides and begin moving forward—as allies and friends.