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In the wake of the Chapel Hill murders of three Muslims by Craig Hicks, a 46-year old white man, many have deemed the killings an act of hate tied to the victims' religion. TCF fellow Michael A. Cohen discusses why these killings reflect not an ideological issue between the killer and his victims, but rather a larger problem in America regarding gun violence.
Indeed, in the aftermath of the North Carolina shooting — with the usual interviews with neighbors and family in search for some explanation of how someone could be driven to such brutal violence — there was precious little attention to the single element that turned a seemingly anodyne dispute into a triple homicide. Guns are the one constant, and yet, because of their very omnipresence, they’re also the one element so often looked past. Or perhaps, because we as a nation have basically given up trying to stop the daily drumbeat of gun violence, we search for other explanations. Better that than confront the constant reminders of our national failure.
See Cohen's piece in The Boston Globe.
On Twitter, New York Times reporter James Risen recently called Attorney General Eric Holder "the nation's top censorship officer" and the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” When the Times's public editor Margaret Sullivan came out to support her colleague, this resulted in a debate on Twitter between TCF fellow Michael Cohen and Sullivan.
The opposing view, as expressed by Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen, is that Risen is outside of his bounds as a Times journalist. For the last seven years, Risen has been fighting the Justice Department's demands that he identify his confidential sources for his reporting on a CIA plan to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. As of January, Risen will not be called to the witness stand.
To read the debate, follow the link to Politico here.
TCF fellow and Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Harold Pollack writes a heartfelt and poignant piece on the recent passing of famed New York Times columnist David Carr. Pollack writes that although he had never met Carr, he was one of the individuals who made his life a bit brighter everyday upon reading Carr's witty column on his morning commute. Carr will be deeply missed by those inside and outside the journalism community for his dedication and contribution to the reporting field.
Carr’s death stops me in my tracks for many reasons. He was struck down at the top of his game. He had such tremendous human vitality. I would so look forward to catching his latest column on my morning commute. He was just someone who made my life a little brighter, provided a flash of wit and insight, delivered with apparently effortless style.
Read Pollack's tribute to Carr in Washington Monthly.
NPR's Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins talks with TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis about his book, Once Upon A Revolution and the effort to build a new political order in Egypt. Listen to the interview here and read some excerpts from Chapter 1 from the book.
Read the book excerpt here.
The 2011 Egyptian Revolution made global news when it succeeded in toppling then-dictator Hosni Mubarak. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis writes on the series of protests and revolts by Egyptian civilians that succeeded in toppling several regimes in just a few years through an intricate narrative titled "Once Upon A Revolution." In this Foreign Policy excerpt of the book, the two individuals who Thanassis followed are highlighted as we see the revolutionary actions unfolding:
“I don’t care who will lead the country. We just want Morsi to leave,” said a lady in a fine tailored dress, sipping tea on a terrace near the presidential palace on a break from chanting.
Read the rest of the excerpt.
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