TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
“New horrors are brought every day,” reports Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous from Egypt, following a weekend of bloodshed that shows no signs of abating. In the latest incident, at least twenty-five policemen were killed by armed militants in Sinai on Monday. Around 900 people, mostly supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been killed since clashes reignited last week.
Abdel Kouddous joined Democracy Now! this morning to talk about Cairo’s descent into mass violence, as the death toll rises. “It’s not a Cairo that many people recognize. With both sides vowing to escalate, worse days surely lie ahead,” Abdel Kouddous said.
Dozens were killed today in Egypt as thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi demonstrated in the streets for a “day of rage.” The clashes follow yesterday’s brutal military crackdown on Morsi supporters that left at least 638 people dead. Reporting from Cairo on Democracy Now, Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous discussed the roots and implications of the ramped-up violence, observing that, “This slow-moving train wreck that we’ve been on for some time now is looking as if it’s speeding up into a head-on collision.”
According to recent RNC talking points—it’s Democrats, not the GOP—that’s waging the real “War on Women.” As BuzzFeed reported, Republican leaders are attempting to use sex scandals involving NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego mayor Bob Filner to prove Democrats don’t have women’s interests in mind. But is anyone really buying that?
Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel calls the GOP’s gender game “a new insult to our intelligence and to millions of US women.” Vanden Heuvel points out that it’s Republican policies that truly threaten women’s reproductive rights, workplace protections and childcare support.
Tensions between the US and Russia escalated last week, as President Obama canceled an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The snub further strained the already icy relationship between the two nations, which has deteriorated amid disagreements over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws and Syria. Nation contributor Stephen Cohen joined a panel on today’s Diane Rehm Show to talk US-Russia relations, during which he criticized Obama’s move. Cohen explained, “The United States should talk to our opponents, even our enemies.” Listen here.
On the United States and Russia, Bob Dreyfuss has some tips on how to “end this cold war before it starts.”
House Republicans, led by Tea Party members, have now voted to repeal Obamacare forty times. In the wake of the most recent vote, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel spoke on MSNBC's The Ed Show about the Tea Party's attempts to sabotage government, the importance of the upcoming 2014 elections and the need for deep structural reforms.
In the wake of the announcement that Russia had granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, President Obama cancelled plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September. In doing so, Obama not only gave in to the anti-Russian lobby in Congress but also empowered the anti-American, anti-western lobby in Russia, according to Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel. Earlier today, she spoke on a panel on MSNBC's NOW with Alex Wagner to debate the reasons for and consequences of Obama's decision and where Edward Snowden, the 2014 Olympics and LGBT rights fit into the picture.
House Republicans have now attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act forty times, despite the fact that the bill has been signed into law and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. This morning, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel spoke on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner about the Republican Party’s “suicidal course” and argued that the GOP is asking Americans—specifically young ones—to act against their own self-interest by continuing to fight against Obamacare.
This week, Major League Baseball suspended Yankess third baseman Alex Rodriguez through the 2014 season for his role in a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez is just one of thirteen players who are facing a season-long ban, though he is the only one who is appealing the suspension.
Major League Baseball—which reaped the financial rewards of the steroids era through feigned naïveté—is now content to scapegoat the players for the current crisis. Nation sports editor Dave Zirin joins MSNBC’s Martin Bashir to condemn the sport’s hypocrisy for failing to crackdown those in the front office who encouraged the proliferation of performance-enhancing drugs.
Two days after Egyptian police opened fire on a Muslim Brotherhood rally, killing seventy-two protesters, EU envoy Catherine Ashton met deposed president Mohamed Morsi at an undisclosed location. Ashton shuttled between both Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian military officials in an effort to broker a peaceful political settlement.
But according to Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous, the prospect of continued bloodshed is very real. Kouddous joins Democracy Now! to explain how the security forces are exploiting recent violence to impose an even more repressive political order and what that means for a peaceful political transition.
On Sunday, Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quit amid new revelations that Weiner continued to engage in sexually explicit online communications after he resigned from Congress. And while Weiner’s imploding candidacy for New York City mayor has made good headlines, the story has been a distraction from the real scandals—increasing inequality, discriminatory policing practices—that must be addressed in this election.
Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel joins a panel on ABC’s This Week to discuss Weiner’s prospects going forward, but also to refocus the debate away from “Carlos Danger” and towards the issues that truly matter to New Yorkers.
In Defense of Carlos Danger.