SPRING LAURELS: We are pleased to announce that The Nation‘s United Nations correspondent, Barbara Crossette has been honored with the 2010 Shorenstein Journalism Award. The prize recognizes a journalist whose body of work has "helped American readers to understand the complexities of Asia." It is presented jointly by Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center and the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Crossette, who writes frequently on TheNation.com, was the New York Times‘s UN bureau chief from 1994 to 2001 and, before that, its chief correspondent in Southeast Asia.
On April 24 Aram Roston was honored with the 2010 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva. Roston won this accolade for his Nation cover story "How the US Funds the Taliban" (Nov. 30, 2009).
On May 3, longtime Nation contributer and Carnal Knowledge columnist JoAnn Wypijewski was recognized for career achievement in independent journalism by the James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism. In their twentieth year, the Aronson Awards have celebrated such distinguished writers as Mike Davis, Molly Ivins, Amy Goodman and Seymour Hersh. Wypijewski was singled out for her articles in Harper’s and columns in The Nation, which feature "original reporting on the interweaving of social and sexual issues."
A HUMAN RIGHTS HEROINE: Rhonda Copelon died on May 6 after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She probably would have died earlier if she had not researched her condition in the same way that she researched her legal briefs: thoroughly, creatively and passionately, leaving no stone unturned and no theory unexamined.
In her forty-year career, first as a litigator at the Center for Constitutional Rights, then as a professor and founding head of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at the City University of New York’s Law School, she established herself as a world-class pioneer in the use of law as a tool for exposing grievous wrongs and, sometimes, redressing them.
Her work encompassed the whole landscape of human rights, with an emphasis on gender issues. A panorama of her activities would include arguing against the Hyde Amendment in the Supreme Court; lobbying for the inclusion of rape as a war crime in the Rome Treaty, which established the International Criminal Court; and testifying at the "comfort women" tribunal in Tokyo and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica.
She was the warmest of friends to her large entourage and the steeliest adversary to establishmentarians who did not recognize basic human rights or—worse, in her opinion—recognized them in principle while claiming that the time for their implementation was "not yet." She accomplished the impossible: she made justice look easy.