Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out nearly everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Laura Bolt focuses on human rights and revolution.
“Why You Should Still Care About Chicago’s NATO Summit,” by Allison Kilkenny. Truthout, April 24, 2012.
In this article for Truthout, Nation contributor Alison Kilkenny makes the case for why progressives shouldn’t lose focus on the NATO Summit, even after many declared that the President moving it to Camp David signaled a victory for protestors. Totalitarian anti-protest measures are still on track to block free speech in Chicago, and when protestors arrive in May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and a beefed up police force will be ready to greet them en force. As Kilkenny says, May will still present the opportunity to "witness to the clash between forces bearing wildly different styles of armor," which is why the eyes of the nation still need to be on Chicago.
Zoë Carpenter focuses on the intersection of economics, health and the environment.
“The World’s Most Important Story,” by Jonathan Watts. China Dialogue, April 17, 2012.
With China as his example, Watts makes a strong case for multidisciplinary reporting: journalism that explores the connections between the big topics of politics, economics, and the environment. He pinpoints the environment and the economy as the “drivers of change,” not just in China, but globally. Watts makes the crucial point that the environment is not a topic but rather a "prism," and the basis for our economic and politic future. Our outputs—for example, greenhouse gas emissions or toxic waste—capture attention, but it is what we take in, our staggering levels of extraction and consumption, that lays the groundwork for the future.
Umar Farooq focuses on the world-wide movement for democracy.
“The Crisis of Big Science,” by Steven Weinberg. The New York Review of Books, May 10, 2012.
Do publicly-funded science and engineering initiatives create jobs for those in America who most need them? Nobel-winning physicist Steven Weinberg has been party to debates on funding science experiments for some time, and in this piece he argues for re-funding major science projects in America. Instead of diverting funds from social services, as has been done in the past, Weinberg calls for targeted taxing. It is interesting to read his view on how, or if, public projects like war or science create jobs. As he says: “For promoting invention, big science in this sense is the technological equivalent of war, and it doesn’t kill anyone.”