—Talal Ansari focuses on foreign policy/affairs, international conflict (including US involvement abroad) and human rights issues abroad.
"Libya's leaders shelter by sea as country tilts towards civil war," by Laura King and Yasmine Ryan. Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2014
As Syria and Iraq dominate the news, lest we forget. This piece to me was another reminder of how the revolutions of the Arab Spring were only Act One in an ongoing tragedy. Three years later, and many countries in the Middle East and North Africa are still facing the arduous task of navigating the fallout of decades of dictatorships.
Aaron Braun focuses on the psychology and politics of work, histories of socialism, and progressive critiques of Zionism.
“Going Back to Class: Why We Need to Make University Free, and How We Can Do It,” by Samir Sonti. Nonsite.org, May 1, 2013.
Last week, on my Twitter feed, there was an argument over the alleged anti-union implications of Malcolm Harris's “Not For Teacher,” a review of Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars. Harris questions the progressive value of rank-and-file organizing among teachers, and of public education in general, by ironizing the critiques of neoliberal reformers. Harris, like Kenzo Shibata's Jacobin (Kenzo himself being a rank-and-file teacher/ organizer in Chicago), accuses the other "side" of being either too liberal or too neoliberal. My coworker and I were talking about the back-and-forth and we agreed that both were much much better than the Twitter dialogue that accompanied them. Then my coworker pointed me to the above article, about a year old, which was really helpful at giving the context that seemed to be missing from the argument…enjoy. (Thanks Dan!)
"Mute the Messenger," by Jason Stanford. Texas Observer, September 3, 2014.