Talal Ansari focuses on foreign policy and affairs, international conflict and human rights issues abroad.
"My Captivity," by Theo Padnos.The New York Times Magazine, October 29, 2014.
It's a long read, but worth it. Theo Padnos, the American journalist who was held captive in Syria for nearly two years before being released, recounts his story.
Aaron Braun focuses on the psychology and politics of work, histories of socialism, and critiques of Israeli exceptionalism.
“The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed,” by Adrian Chen. WIRED, October 23, 2014.
From Adrian Chen: "Baybayan is part of a massive labor force that handles “content moderation”—the removal of offensive material—for US social-networking sites. . . .Social media’s growth into a multibillion-dollar industry, and its lasting mainstream appeal, has depended in large part on companies’ ability to police the borders of their user-generated content—to ensure that Grandma never has to see images like the one Baybayan just nuked."
Naomi Gordon-Loebl focuses onqueer and trans politics, youth and education, and the criminal justice system.
"Gay Sex is Gay Sex and Politically, That Matters," by Jamilah King. Colorlines, October 23, 2014.
When a Twitter user complained in October that the "gay scenes" in Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder were "too much," executive producer Shonda Rhimes quickly shut it down. "There are no GAY scenes," Rhimes tweeted. "If u use the phrase 'gay scenes,' u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party." In her perfect analysis of this moment on Colorlines, Jamilah King makes a simple but profound point: they are in fact gay scenes, and it's valuable to name them as such. In an era when gay sex is still criminalized in some places, and punished with violence in others, it's important to own our queerness, and own it with pride. As King writes: "Gay sex is gay sex. Gay sex is hot. Gay sex is not straight sex."