TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
In this wide-ranging interview, John Batchelor speaks with NYU Professor of Russian History Stephen F. Cohen about the violent turn of Kiev’s street protests and terrorist threats at the Sochi Olympics. According to Cohen, US officials maintain an overly simplified view of the Ukraine protests, failing to differentiate between the pro-EU and ultranationalist factions, and their interference is exacerbating tensions between Russia and the United States. Cohen said, “As this Western/Russian standoff grows into a full-scale confrontation, it spills over and spoils the opportunities for cooperation in Syria, on Iran and at the Sochi Olympics.” For more on the unfolding situation in Kiev, listen to Cohen’s interview on KPFA 94.1’s Letters and Politics.
As part of the newly elected mayor’s Talking Transition initiative—a two-week project that allowed New Yorkers to offer their input on critical city reforms—Nation Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel participated in the “de Blasio and de Bagels” event. She argues that in order to carry out its ambitious progressive agenda, the de Blasio administration needs to focus on sustained citizen engagement. According to vanden Heuvel, “To be here is to see how participatory real democracy can be.” Visit the event page to learn more.
North Carolina has traditionally been, politically speaking, the most moderate of the Southern states. In recent months, however, the state’s legislature has taken a sharp turn to the right as Republicans won both houses and began to enact a right-wing wish list, including tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy and scaling back access to unemployment benefits, Medicaid and even basic voting rights.
North Carolinians are fighting back—in April, the Moral Mondays movement began as a means to dramatize and publicize the drastic affects of decisions made in state politics. The Nation’s Ari Berman is featured in this short Bill Moyers documentary discussing the latest developments in North Carolina’s politics. Read his latest here.
In a lively discussion with NPR’s Robert Siegel and National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel looks back at some of the most inspiring political accomplishments of 2013. She counts the renewal of diplomacy and the growing nationwide push for income equality among the greatest successes, and talks about how these pressing issues will shape the year ahead.
As Ukraine remains divided over whether or not to sign an agreement with the European Union, the US media continues to spread myths about the protests surrounding the conflict, according to Stephen Cohen. The Russian studies professor and Nation contributor joined Between the Lines to debunk those myths and explain what the protesters are actually demanding and what role the United States is playing, adding to his critique of the US media's coverage of the protests on the John Batchelor Show last week.
Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has widened to include journalists, non-Islamist activists and students who have been detained and badly beaten., Sharif Abdel Kouddous explained in his latest piece for The Nation. This morning, he joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s terrorism charges and how the crackdown has affected ordinary citizens.
Beyoncé’s surprise album release last week reignited an ever-contentious debate: Does the pop singer present a feminist message? “Absolutely,” Nation blogger Jessica Valenti answered on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Saturday. Valenti joined CBS’s Nancy Giles, Columbia University professor Farrah Griffin and Newsweek’s David Cay Johnston to talk about how Beyoncé’s self-authorship serves the cause. “I’ve been calling this the album that is going to launch a thousand women’s studies papers,” Valenti said.
Columbia University professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams joined Tom Brokaw and Ari Melber on MSNBC to remember the late Nelson Mandela. Williams said one of Mandela’s defining legacies was signing South Africa’s constitution, “one of the most progressive in the world.” She also compared and contrasted the South African leader to Barack Obama, saying the American president invokes some of the hope and inspiration of Mandela, but “the question of Guantánamo and certain foreign policies makes his situation a more complex one.”
On the John Batchelor Show, Russian studies professor and Nation contributor Stephen Cohen criticizes the American media’s coverage of ongoing protests in Ukraine. Expanding on a letter he wrote to The New York Times, published on this site, Cohen disputes the narrative that Vladimir Putin bullied President Viktor Yanukovych into rejecting a EU-deal. Hear why EU-integration might not be such a great idea for Ukraine in the first place and how the American press has failed to report “the true story” of what’s really going on in Kiev.
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.