TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
Nation national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about his film Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, which was shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for an Oscar this week. Dirty Wars takes a critical look at the US targeted killing campaign in Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia and beyond. Scahill also dismissed a plan announced by the Obama administration in July to narrow the scope of its killing program. “It’s a lot of smoke and mirrors,” Scahill said, arguing that Obama and his team have set a precedent of pre-emptive war for future presidents.
California’s Inland Empire, covering 400 million square feet in the southern region of the state, is home to 40 percent of all US imports and one of the largest concentrations of warehouses in the country. In a special investigation for The Nation, reporter Gabriel Thompson writes of his firsthand experience temping for an electronics distributor in the Inland Empire—packaging iPads for the holiday season. He spoke with Morning Edition’s David Greene about the fast-paced, often dangerous, work environments in these facilities and the economic conditions driving poor Americans to this line of work despite “a clear understanding that they’re going to be discarded after the holiday.”
A new Gallup poll says 76 percent of Americas support raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, including 58 percent of polled Republicans. On last night’s Ed Show, Nation Washington correspondent John Nichols contrasted that public opinion with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s policy record. In January, the now re-elected Republican vetoed a minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $8.50, opting instead for a $1 increase. “If there’s a core issue, it’s these economic justice issues,” Nichols said, “On these, we’re seeing the majority of Republicans saying it’s time to get working on raising wages for working Americans.”
Egyptian authorities said they would lift a three-month state of emergency and nighttime curfew imposed to discourage protests by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. At the same time, the military government is set to pass a new protest law seen by some as a replacement for the state of emergency. Speaking on Democracy Now!, Cairo-based correspondent and Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous called the draft law a "more aggressive authoritarian order than the one we rose up against in 2011," referring to the revolution that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak. He also talked about the current government's selective prosecution of Morsi supporters and the burgeoning nationalism surrounding Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Lara Logan's CBS 60 Minutes apology doesn't quite cut the mustard. That’s what Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel said when she went on MSNBC’s The Ed Show to discuss revelations that 60 Minutes had an imposter on its show discussing the Benghazi raid last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
Speaking on a panel with Media Matters’ Eric Boehlart, she asked whether CBS’s ownership of the Simon & Schuster imprint that published the imposter’s story had influenced their decision to put him on air. She said the new world of media had various corporate interests to contend with. “These companies are not just news organizations, they have vast operations and this imprint is a measure of corporate self-interest,” she said.
vanden Heuvel also noted similarities to the scandal that led to Dan Rather’s resignation from 60 Minutes after a 2004 broadcast that questioned former President George W. Bush’s military service record. In that case, Republican media furore pressured CBS into an independent investigation.
“We saw a pathetically inadequate apology the other evening and we're witnessing an egregious double standard in terms of handling this,” vanden Heuvel said. “We need an independent investigation because, let's face it, the media's on trial here too.”
“Do we need a lapdog media in this country or do we need a watchdog?” She asked, “Put aside left and right, this is about the integrity of the media.”
More Katrina vanden Heuvel here: How Progressives in the Democratic Party are gaining steam.
In a democracy, people elect leaders who represent their views. In America, corporations and the mass media have the biggest influence on government. Nation Washington correspondent John Nichols and University of Illinois professor Robert McChesney write about the corrosive influence of money in politics in their new book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. On Wednesday, they joined Bill Moyers to discuss how our so-called “Dollarocracy” stood center stage during this week’s elections.
Watch Dave Zirin talk NFL bullying on Democracy Now!
Yesterday, Nation sports correspondent Dave Zirin appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman to talk about the NFL&rsquos bully problem and the need to change sports culture for the better.
After witnessing the violent crackdown of pro-Morsi supporters at the hands of Egyptian security forces on August 16, two Canadians—filmmaker John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani—were arrested. The two have been held without charge ever since.
Nation contributors Naomi Klein and Sharif Abdel Kouddous join Democracy Now! to discuss the Canadian government’s inadequate response and the hundreds of other witnesses to the massacre that remain imprisoned.
The Nation’s very own Dave Zirin talked about LGBT rights in Russia, the Redskins name change debate and the relationship between sports and politics on last Thursday’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Follow the show (@Totallybiased) or Bell (@wkamaubell) on Twitter.
- Andrés Pertierra
Nation writer Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN Saturday to discuss how Russian President Vladimir V. Putin "has given President Obama the chance to be an international statesman." He said Obama should so-operate with the Russians on disarming Syrian chemical weapons, and that Russian and US national interests in the Middle East are aligned. He said Russian leaders were worried about terrorism spreading among their own population off the back of unrest in Syria. "[Russia] fears, and reasonably, that the spreading chaos in the Middle East—the jihadism, the terrorism—will spread back into Russia," He said. "This is very much in Russia's national interest"