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 use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
— Laura Bolt
Laura focuses on human rights and revolution.
“Tahrir Square: A Year in Graffiti,” by Wendell Steavenson. The New Yorker, January 24, 2012.
Sometimes words are not quite enough to capture moments in time. As we reflect on the Tahrir uprising and the sometimes awkward tension between where it was and where it is going, a collection of the year in graffiti illuminates as much, if not more, of the revolution than post hoc analysis can.
— Zoë Carpenter
Zoë focuses on the intersection of economics, health and the environment.
“Utah Doctors Join the Occupy Movement,” by Dr. Brian Moench. Truthout, January 22, 2012.
Big money isn’t just a threat to democracy and equality—it’s also a public health hazard. Dr. Moench explains why a group of physicians in Utah is suing the world’s third largest mining corporation and why health justice matters for the 99 percent.
— Umar Farooq
Umar focuses on the world-wide movement for democracy.
“Where’s the ‘Bread, Freedom and Social Justice’ a Year After Egypt’s Revolution?” by Mariz Tadros. The Guardian, January 25, 2012.
Class divisions, like the one between Occupy Wall St. and Occupy the Hood, are powerful shapers of peoples’ identities but often overlooked by media, as we run the simple, catchy stories. The Egyptian revolution is no exception. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it seems like in Egypt, freedom and hunger go hand-in-hand.
— Loren Fogel
Loren focuses on peace, power and political culture.
“U.S. Companies Key to Gulf Missile Shield.” United Press International, January 9, 2012.
It’s been twenty-nine years since President Reagan first proposed that the United States invest in ballistic missile defense capabilities, “to keep the peace well into the next century.” Well, we are now in that next century, and though the Cold War is allegedly over and the Soviet Union has become but a distant memory, cutting edge missile defense technologies are proliferating rapidly. Iran’s perceived nuclear ambitions are cited as a key impetus for the development and deployment of such capabilities, but the strategic and financial commitments being made look like something else—the construction of a 21st century global security armature that is likely to foster overconfidence in the ability to deter risk and neglect the art of diplomacy.