Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out most 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 please use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
— Angela Aiuto:
Angela focuses on money in politics.
“Wealthy Corporations With a Trillion Dollars Stashed Offshore Lobby for a ‘Holiday’ From US Taxes,” by John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta. Center for Public Integrity, Oct. 24, 2011.
Multinational corporations are lobbying Congress for a temporary tax holiday that would reduce the rate at which foreign-held earnings are repatriated by nearly 75 percent. Supporters of the proposal have glossed over its $40 to $80 billion price tag with promises of job creation, but an in-depth examination of the 2004 tax holiday—which tax expert Charles Kingson has appropriately dubbed "The Great American Jobs Act Caper"—shows that while the same promises were made, they were never kept.
Cal follows the drug war and human rights in Latin America.
“Double Speak and Intervention in Mexico,” by Fred Rosen. NACLA, Oct. 25, 2011.
This blog post on the North American Congress on Latin America’s website outlines a stirring development in Mexican politicians’ attitudes towards the cartels. In the wake of the New York Times’ recent investigation into US government agencies’ collusion with some cartels and the use of informants to gather information, NACLA is reporting that President Felipe Calderon’s stance against working with the cartels at all may be increasingly a minority position. Even former president Vicente Fox is now admitting that covertly supporting some of the cartels in order to undermine the more dangerous narco-traffickers is a wiser decision than continuing current law enforcement policies.
— Teresa Cotsirilos:
Teresa focuses on "global South" politics, or sociopolitical developments in areas of the developing world.
“India’s Silent War,” by Imran Garda. Al Jazeera, Oct. 21, 2011.
In an era of Twitter and real time news, it can be hard to imagine that "one of the world’s largest armed conflicts" could go unreported. But a slow-burn civil war in eastern India has caused the displacement of at least 12 million people over the past thirty years—and killed thousands of Indian civilians. Al Jazeera correspondent Imran Garda’s brief documentary deftly examines the conflict between the Adivasis, India’s aboriginal people, the Maoist rebels that ostensibly protect them, and the Indian military, which has been forcing Adivasi villagers from their land to access valuable mineral deposits.