Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out most 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 please use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
“Congressional Millionaires To Weigh Obama’s Proposed ‘Buffett Rule,’” by Michael Beckel. OpenSecrets.org, Sept. 20, 2011.
Despite broad public support for a tax hike on the wealthiest individuals, congressional Republicans attacked President Obama’s proposed “Buffett Rule” this week as an incitement of class warfare. How could Congress be so out of touch with the American people? The Center for Responsive Politics explores its glaring conflict of interest.
“Killings alarm Mexico bloggers.” Al Jazeera, Sept. 16, 2011. The bodies of two young people were found in Nuevo Laredo, a town on the Texas border with Mexico, tortured to death by the members of the Zetas drug cartel. The man and woman were victims of Mexican drug cartels’ deadly attacks on citizen reporters and professional journalists.
“Got Cheap Milk?: Why ditching your fancy, organic, locavore lifestyle is good for the world’s poor,” by Charles Kenny. Foreign Policy, Sept. 12, 2011. Kenny’s article is provocative, to say the least. Contrary to popular belief, he argues, buying local and eating non-genetically modified organic food is not in the best interest of the developing world’s poor—and is some cases is not particularly good for the environment either. An original, well-researched argument, and definitely worth a read.
“Rabbani’s death and Afghanistan’s future,” by Anand Gopal. Foreign Policy, Sept. 20, 2011. I chose this article because of the importance of the historical moment in recent Afghan history. The death of Rabbani further complicates the possibility of negotiation with neo-Taliban, and it is also a symbolic strike for those envisaging a peaceful Afghanistan in the near future.
“A War Against Food Waste,” by Dylan Walsh. The New York Times, Sept. 15, 2011. 50 million American households suffer from food insecurity. At the same time, 200 pounds of food is thrown away every year for every man, woman and child in the US. Check out Dylan Walsh’s NY Times Green blog post on the initiative being planned by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to reduce food waste sent to landfills and increase donations to food banks.