TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
In May, the United States confirmed that it has killed a total of four US citizens in drone strikes overseas. In his new book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield, Nation national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill explores one of the most unjust of these deaths, that of 16-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, killed by a drone in Yemen.
In this Democracy Now! exclusive, Scahill joins Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki and the grandfather of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, to discuss the lack of justice that he has seen for the US government’s killing his son in a targeted assasination and his grandson in a drone strike.
The first couple’s recent trip around the commencement circuit included remarks at historically black colleges and universities slapping black youth for “fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper,” in Michelle’s words, rather than pulling themselves up by their bootstraps. “This fixation, this insistence, on blaming black youth for problems that they didn’t create is completely unacceptable,” Nation writer Aura Bogado says. “What I would have liked to have heard” from the president, “if he feels intimate with this black audience, is an ask for these graduates to fight systemic racism.” Bogado joins a panel on HuffPost Live to parse the Obamas’ words.
Mondays in Raleigh are not the same this spring. Read Phoebe Zerwick’s report.
Is fighting dirty the new normal in US military operations overseas? On MSNBC's The Cycle, Jeremy Scahill explains the increasing lawlessness of our international presence and the moral ramifications of our secret wars and assassination programs.
Two cheers for Michele Bachmann’s exit-right from Congress. Though Bachmann’s unsavory politics (and money) have left the building, Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel says, “Bachmannism is far from finished.” Bachmann perfected a style of slander and falsehood that, “in the cult of false equivalence that distorts too much of our media coverage, has been quasi-legitimized.” Appearing on The Young Turks, vanden Heuvel breaks down Bachmann’s legacy.
From the ashes of Senator Frank Lautenberg rises a new authoritarian politics. Read John Nichols’s take on Chris Christie’s most recent machinations.
According to a news report released Wednesday morning, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has announced his resignation and is to be replaced by US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Susan Rice in what is bound to be a controversial appointment. Replacing Susan Rice will be author and foreign policy expert Samantha Powers—another interesting selection on behalf of the Obama administration.
Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel joins Nation national security correspondent and author of the recently-released book Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss President Obama's selection and national security policies such as the drone wars that are being waged in many countries that, as Joe points out, we haven't even declared we are officially at war with.
What are the consequences of lifting financial regulations and allowing big businesses to accumulate power without limits? What about launching a full-scale invasion that leads to years of endless war? Some pundits echo the voices of their governments, egging them on towards their special interests. Others dissent—and later say, “I told you so.”
Former presidential candidate and Nation contributer Ralph Nader joins Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss his new book, Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, a compilation of his columns from over the years and the social marginalization of those who predict catastrophes from the beginning.
After Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the NBA slapped a $75,000 fine on Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert for homophobic comments made to the press. “I think anybody who thinks that it’s no big deal should be cognizant of the company they’re keeping right now,” says Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, who blogged about the comments prior to Hibbert’s penalization. “I wrote the column because what I wanted to do was start a discussion that just said, this matters.” Zirin joins The Dan Patrick Show to discuss homophobia in sports, the context of Hibbert’s comments and how much the NBA thought they mattered.
How much longer will British companies get away without paying interns? Read Jon Wiener’s take.
It has been three years since US Private Bradley Manning was arrested—and today is the first day of his court-martial in which, in addition to the charges he has already plead guilty to which will result in as much as twenty years in prison, he will be faced with other charges that could result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.
Chase Madar, a civil rights attorney and recent author of The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower , who will be blogging the trial for The Nation, joined Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman to discuss the significance of the case and seeking justice for Bradley Manning.
Why did Rutgers University—which recently fired basketball coach Mike Rice over homophobic taunts—hire an athletic director, Julie Hermann, with a history of verbally and physically abusing college athletes? “I would call what’s happening at Rutgers a clown show, but I fear that would be a grave insult to clowns,” The Nation’s Dave Zirin says. Zirin joins MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts to discuss Hermann’s reputation, the opaqueness of her selection and what’s next for Rutgers’s athletic program.
When will sexual assault in the military end? Read Katrina vanden Heuvel’s column.
What if President Obama, who has fantasized about “going Bulworth”—or busting out with what he really thinks—went Bulworth? As Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel says on The Young Turks, Obama could riff right off the fictional Bulworth, a senator from California depicted in Warren Beatty’s 1998 film of the same name:
We got babies in South Central
Dying as young as they do in Peru
We got public schools that are nightmares
got a Congress that ain’t got a clue.
You are too big to jail
And too big to fail
And we’ll keep paying you that tribute
So long as you continue to contribute.
What if all pundits went Blitzer? Check out Tom Tomorrow’s toon.