This week's edition of article selections by Nation interns includes introductions written in verse.
—Samuel Adler-Bell focuses on labor, mass incarceration and literature.
“Hartford, Connecticut,” by Freddie DeBoer. n+1, March 13, 2014.
I know it's not pretty
But I was born in this city
New England's Still-Rising Star
And ain't it a pity
We're not the hip kind of gritty.
Then maybe you'd get out of your car.
—Dustin Christensen focuses on Latin American politics and sports.
"The Case Against Qatar.” The International Trade Union Confederation, March 2014.
For those who thought the Sochi Olympics were corrupt, I present the World Cup in Qatar,
an exploitative country where you can kiss labor rights and racial equality au revoir.
ITUC's report shows workers at stadium projects "living like horses in a stable,"
Threatened, robbed, confined, deported, killed or disabled.
Qatar's the most extreme example of World Cup labor abuses but it's not the only one.
The rush to complete stadiums in Brazil has death tolls rising by the ton.
As sports fans we should know about the violence behind events like these,
and demand an end to all the corruption and sleaze.
—Laura Cremer focuses on labor, gender and the historicization of culture and politics.
“Gilding the Lily,” by Carina Hart. The Beheld, March 25, 2014.
Carina Hart discusses "beauty work":
the labor people (mostly women) are
expected to perform to make their bodies
socially acceptable. In this
short post specifically she asks why certain
types of beauty work are viewed as "good"
and others viewed as shameful, bad. Invoking
Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto,"
Hart interrogates our notions of
appropriate and inappropriate
distortions one can make to "natural" forms.