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 Hungary’s Youth Are Angry—and Drifting to the Far Right,” by John Nadler. TIME, March 7, 2012.
Young people have been leading the process of dissent and revolution across the globe. While the vast majority of these young people come from and have flocked to the left, in Hungary, a surprising right ring party has captured the attention and loyalty of some young protestors. The article looks at why this is and if it will last.
Zoë Carpenter focuses on the intersection of economics, health, and the environment.
“The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom,” by Jeff Goddell. Rolling Stone, March 1, 2012.
Goodell’s tough profile of Aubrey McClendon, one of the billionaire executives responsible for inflating the natural gas bubble, makes it clear that beneath the fracking craze lies a quagmire of financial, health and environmental hazards. Goodell’s story isn’t merely about strange cases of explosive tap water—it’s about land grabs, ponzi schemes and levels of debt and obfuscation reminiscent of the mortgage crisis.
Umar Farooq focuses on the worldwide movement for democracy.
“High Turnout in Iran Elections Could End ‘Paranoia’ of Leaders,” by Scott Peterson. The Christian Science Monitor, March 4, 2012.
Iran held parliamentary elections recently, the first since the disputed 2009 Presidential race. The government claims up to 64 percent voter turnout, which if true, would be a resounding piece of evidence against the Green movement, whose leaders have been under house arrest for a year. This piece touches on the larger positive implications that a high turnout could have in Iran, and echoes concerns some had in 2009 about western intervention and its possible negative effects for the Green movement in Iran.
Loren Fogel focuses on peace, power, and political culture.