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The Nation May 03/10, 2021

The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine and is independently published. The Nation speaks to an engaged audience as a champion of civil liberties, human rights, and economic justice. The Nation breaks down critical issues with lively editorials, in-depth investigative reporting and analysis, as well as award-winning arts coverage. Publisher and Editor: Katrina vanden Heuvel.

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6 min
biden’s first hundred days

ONE OF JOE BIDEN’S FIRST ACTS IN THE OVAL OFFICE WAS TO HANG A PORTRAIT OF Franklin Roosevelt, removing Donald Trump’s choice of Andrew Jackson. Then—against all expectations—he set out to meet the challenges of this FDR moment. In his first 100 days, Biden has shown he intends to marshal the resources of government to address the “cascading crises” we face with the most ambitious agenda in half a century. Biden began with a barrage of executive orders reversing some of Trump’s follies—ending the Muslim travel ban, rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord, pulling the plug on the border wall. He also moved aggressively to take on the pandemic and to address the climate crisis, naming John Kerry as special envoy for climate with a seat on…

2 min
best in the nation

The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) at Ithaca College has announced that Tim Schwab will share this year’s Izzy Award for his investigative series on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This year’s other winners are Intercept reporter (and former Nation editor) Liliana Segura and the nonprofit news outlet Truthout. The award is named for I.F. “Izzy” Stone, the dissident journalist who was once The Nation’s Washington editor. This year’s judges were Robert W. McChesney, communication professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Raza Rumi, director of the Park Center for Independent Media; Jeff Cohen, founding PCIM director and founder of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting); and Patricia Rodriguez, associate professor and chair of the Department of Politics at Ithaca College. In his three-part investigation for The Nation,…

3 min
emergency now!

IT’S LONG PAST TIME FOR JOURNALISM TO RECOGNIZE that the climate emergency is here. To be clear, that is a statement of science, not politics—and the science says the hour is very late. As a cofounder of Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of hundreds of news outlets reaching roughly 2 billion people, The Nation joins the following CCNow partners in urging our colleagues throughout the media to acquaint themselves with the relevant science and cover the climate story accordingly: the Columbia Journalism Review (also a CCNow cofounder), The Guardian (CCNow’s lead media partner), Al Jazeera English, The Asahi Shimbun, La Repubblica, Scientific American, and Noticias Telemundo. We are inviting journalists and news outlets everywhere to join us in signing the Climate Emergency Statement that has been posted on Covering Climate…

5 min
yes we cant

THE TRUTH IS,” WROTE LORD BYRON TO HIS PUBLISH-er in 1821, “that in these days the grand ‘primum mobile’ of England is cant; cant political, cant poetical, cant religious, cant moral; but always cant, multiplied through all the varieties of life.” In the United States in 2021, we have a great deal of cant, but the word itself isn’t well-known. Cant is the false coin of sincerity. In a country where few literate persons can name three living poets, “cant poetical” will hardly be thought a major annoyance. On the other hand, we have plenty of “cant religious.” From the rafters of 1,500 megachurches and across the AM dial in the Bible Belt, it drawls out everlasting prayers for your soul (“Jesus is your personal friend”), but religious cant has never…

5 min
the justice for george floyd?

TEN MONTHS AFTER GEORGE FLOYD DIED WITH DEREK Chauvin’s knee on his neck, jurors in Chauvin’s murder trial were told that the former Minnesota police officer knelt on Floyd’s body for nine minutes and 29 seconds—43 seconds longer than previously reported. Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell noted that during the first four minutes and 45 seconds, Floyd shouted 27 times that he could not breathe; in the 53 seconds that followed, Floyd went “completely silent and virtually motionless” as he experienced seizures; and for three minutes and 51 seconds, despite one of his own officers informing him that Floyd had no pulse, Chauvin remained atop his unresponsive body. For the entirety of the nine minutes and 29 seconds that the defense and prosecution agree that Chauvin kept Floyd pinned beneath his knee,…

2 min
global connections television with bill miller

Looking for an internationally-oriented talk show with access to the world’s leading voices from the public and private sectors who discuss international issues that have local impact? Global Connections Television (GCTV) may fit into your programming very nicely! GCTV is the only program of its type in the world, and is provided to you at no-cost as a public service. You are invited to download any shows that would be of interest to your local audience, such as the general public or students, to mention only a few. You may request that your local PBS/community access television (CATV) media outlets air the Global Connections TV shows on a weekly basis. Bill Miller is an accredited journalist at the UN for the Washington International and has written extensively on UN issues. He is…