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 will be focusing on money in politics.
“Fulfilling Kennedy’s Promise: Why the SEC Should Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity,” by John Coates and Taylor Lincoln. Public Citizen, September 2011.
Professor John Coates of Harvard Law School and Taylor Lincoln of Public Citizen make the case for mandatory disclosure of political spending by publicly traded corporations in a report showing—contrary to popular assumption—that politically active companies that disclose their activities are valued more highly than those that do not.
Cal will be following the drug war and human rights in Latin America.
“Napolitano denies knowledge of Fast and Furious gun-tracking program,” by Jordy Yager. The Hill, Sept. 13, 2011.
Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano denied to a senate investigation committee that she had knowledge of the ATF’s Fast & Furious program, a covert program where the bureau authorized the sale and distribution of assault weapons to straw-buyers for Mexican drug cartels in an effort to track the weapons. The botched operation has already resulted in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, but top-ranking Obama administration officials are still denying prior knowledge of the program before ATF Director Kenneth Melson stepped down from his position.
Teresa will focus on "Global South" politics, or sociopolitical developments in areas of the developing world.
“Wikileaks cable: Ethiopia reporter Argaw Ashine ‘flees.’” BBC, Sept. 15, 2011
After suffering repeated government interrogations, Ethiopian reporter Argaw Ashine has told the BBC that he has fled his country because he was cited in a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks last month. Though Wikileaks denies that any "journalistic source" is named in the leaked cable, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) claims that this is the first instance in which a citation in a Wikileaks cable has caused direct repercussions for a journalist.