For the past four months, The Nation’s 2012 Fall interns have looked past flashy headlines and cable news talking heads to bring you alternative voices. They bring you one last roundup, as a new batch of interns awaits the start of the winter 2012 session. This week: a haunting piece from Aleppo, a debate in the trans community and much more.
Nader Atassi focuses on Middle Eastern politics and society.
“The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls,” by Amal Hanano. Foreign Policy, December 11, 2012.
This week, a different kind of Syria piece. This one doesn’t have any political analysis in it, nor does it contain any prospects of things to come. This is simply a piece by a Syrian writer about her city, Aleppo. Before the revolution, Aleppo was known for its diversity and grandeur. But today, Aleppo brings to mind images of death and destruction. In a beautiful yet melancholy piece, Amal Hanano writes about how she watched her city’s slow death from abroad.
Jeff Ernsthausen focuses on domestic politics and the influence of money on public institutions.
“Off the Record | December 7, 2012,” hosted by Tim Skubick. WKAR, December 7, 2012.
Last week, Chad Livengood of the Detroit News, Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press and Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio joined veteran political reporter Tim Skubick on the Michigan public television show Off the Record to discuss the sudden passage of right-to-work bills in their state. Scott Hagerstrom, spokesman for the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, also came on the program to take the reporters’ questions about the legislation and AFP’s vision for Michigan’s future. For insight into labor’s perspective on the issue, see the previous week’s episode, when Mike Jackson of the Michigan Carpenters Union was a guest.
Stefan Fergus focuses on US media, the presidency and China.
“The Case for More Guns (And More Gun Control),” by Jeffrey Goldberg. The Atlantic, December 2012.
When I first saw that Jeffrey Goldberg had written this article, I couldn’t help but wonder if The Atlantic was pulling a Newsweek, and attempting to grab headlines with a “thought-provoking” alternative approach to gun control. After reading the piece (and obliterating it with comments in the margins), I am of two minds. To begin with, I thought Goldberg’s arguments were sometimes half-baked or contained false equivalences, which detract from the more-cogent and valid elements of the piece. He focuses a lot more on the “More Guns” part and much less on the “More Gun Control” side of his proposal, but nevertheless does offer an alternative position. And he’s not wrong to suggest that for America, “it’s too late” to ban guns entirely. This article will undoubtedly provoke debate, as I’m sure was intended.