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 look beyond the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. 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.
Elisa Wouk Almino focuses on South America, particularly Brazil.
“La bonanza de América Latina ignora a las universidades,” El País, September 12, 2012. (To read in English, click here.)
Having visited Brazil recently, I witnessed teacher’s strikes in universities all over the country, as well as protests against a recent controversial quota that was set in place for university entry. Education is a serious issue in Brazil, and in the rest of South America. Though Brazil has of late been seen as a thriving economic power, the country has been neglecting the importance of education, resulting in an undersupply of qualified people to work.
Nader Atassi focuses on Middle Eastern politics and society.
“Online trafficking of Syrian women shames all involved,” by Hassan Hassan. The National, September 10, 2012.
While most media attention on the Syrian conflict is concentrated on the battlefield, other important issues are being overshadowed, such as the plight of Syrian refugees who have left their homes to escape the violence. In this column for the UAE’s The National, Hassan Hassan tells the story of how Syrian refugee women in camps are being exploited by men who say they want to "save" them from their difficult situation by marrying them. This has become a trend, whereby men post ads online requesting marriage from Syrian women, and some Syrian refugee families take up these offers as they see marrying off their daughters as preferable to having them live in refugee camps.
Jeffery Ernsthausen focuses on domestic politics and the influence of money on public institutions.
“Revealed: The Dark Money Group Attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown,” by Justin Elliot. ProPublica, September 7, 2012.
Last Friday, ProPublica uncovered questionable links between a dark money group running ads in Ohio and Republican and state treasurer Josh Mandel, who is campaigning against incumbent Sherrod Brown for a seat in the US Senate. Documents filed with a Cincinnati television station showed that the group, the Government Integrity Fund, is chaired by a state lobbyist who hired a former Mandel staffer last year, and revealed that the group’s office is in the same building as an office of the former staffer. So far the group—which is not required to reveal its donors because of its non-profit status—has spent over a million dollars on ads attacking Brown and praising Mandel in what is thus far the most expensive Senate campaign in the country.