Media Roundup for April

News Articles

  1. The Myth of the Queer Arab Life, Saleem Haddad, The Daily Beast ***
  2. Syrian Alawites distance themselves from Assad, Caroline Wyatt, BBC
  3. Panama Papers: This is the leak, The Süddeutsche Zeitung
  4. The Panama Papers and SF’s housing crisis, Tim Redmond, 48 Hills
  5. Americans show up in the Panama Papers too, Kevin G. Hall and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy DC
  6. Venezuela Mining Massacre Reveals Changing Human Rights Context, David Smilde and Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  7. Is Crime Getting More Organized in Venezuela?, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  8. Everyone says the Libya intervention was a failure. They’re wrong, Shadi Hamid, Vox
  9. Armed hate group met at Texas mosque protest by gun-toting worshipers, Bethania Palma Markus, Raw Story
  10. Duke Students Occupy University Building, Demand Resignation of Official Who Allegedly Called Parking Attendant “Nigger”, Brendan O’Connor, Gawker
  11. Kesha: I ‘Got Offered My Freedom’ to Rescind Dr. Luke Rape Claims, Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone
  12. ESPN Asked Bomani Jones to Cover Up the “Caucasians” Shirt He Wore on Mike & Mike, Jason Lisk and Ryan Glasspiegel, The Big Lead
  13. Bill Clinton Will Tell You a Story About Another Place Where Black Lives Matter: Africa, Ashley Feinberg, Gawker
  14. Another Atheist Hacked to Death by Radical Muslims in Bangladesh, Hemant Mehta, Patheos
  15. Hillary Clinton Has A General Election Pivot Problem, Sam Stein, The Huffington Post
  16. AP-Gfk Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly View Trump Negatively, Julie Pace and Emily Swanson, The Associated Press
  17. Obama warns Dems against ‘Tea Party mentality’, Jordan Fabian, The Hill
  18. Robert Reich and Barney Frank clash over Bernie Sanders’ remarks on ‘too big to fail’, Arturo Garcia, Raw Story
  19. Egypt Give Saudi Arabia 2 Islands in a Show of Gratitude, Declan Walsh, The New York Times
  20. The Myth of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Nuruzzaman, The National Interest
  21. Why We Need To Look Beyond Justin Trudeau’s ‘Scandalous’ Feminism, Adrienne Roberts, Progress in Political Economy ***
  22. Egypt and the Dialectic of Passive and Permanent Revolution, Brecht De Smet, Progress in Political Economy ***
  23. Why the Panama Papers are a feminist issue, Chiara Capraro and Francesca Rhodes, Open Democracy
  24. I am on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones, Malik Jalal, The Independent
  25. How Tobacco Companies Led A Devasting 50-Year Infiltration Into Black Communities, Taryn Finley, The Huffington Post
  26. How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made al-Qaeda stronger – and richer, Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning and Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters
  27. Young Arabs’ support for Islamic State declining sharply, survey finds, The Washington Post, Astro Awani
  28. Hyperinflated Arepa Index (HAI) XIII: Soviet-Style Inflation, Miguel Octavio, The Devil’s Excrement
  29. Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, The New York Times
  30. Bernie’s big day with NYC unions: Sanders joins Verizon strike picket line; gets endorsed by transit union, Ben Norton, Salon
  31. How two Red Sea islands shed light on secret relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Ruth Eglash, The Washington Post
  32. Debunking Washington Post’s absurd call for (more) intervention in Venezuela’s democracy, Ben Norton, Salon
  33. Venezuela’s disappointing opposition, Juan Nagel, Latin America Goes Global
  34. Saudi Arabia warns of economic fallout if Congress pass 9/11 bill, Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times ***
  35. The long history of black Americans arming themselves in self-defense—and why we ignore it, Rebecca Onion, Slate ***
  36. College student booted from Southwest flight after passenger heard him say ‘God willing’ in Arabic, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story
  37. Barack Obama Never Said Money Wasn’t Corrupting; In Fact, He Said the Opposite, Jon Schwarz, The Intercept
  38. Did Blacks Really Endorse the 1994 Crime Bill?, Elizabeth Hinton, Julilly Kohler-Hausmann and Vesla M. Weaver, The New York Times
  39. Defying establishment, Bernie Sanders defends humanity of Palestinians, Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada
  40. Iraq speaker suspends parliament ‘until further notice’, Agence France Presse, The Daily Star
  41. Venezuela’s Security Forces: Protectors or Perpretrators?, David Gagne, Insight Crime
  42. Dilma, Jesus and the Demise of the Pink Tide, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  43. Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’, Jon Ronson, The Guardian
  44. Daily Beast Editor Accuses NYDN‘s Shaun King of Plagiarizing Their Exclusive, Alex Griswold, Mediaite
  45. Hip Hop Breaking the Silence: An Open Letter to Our Beloved Community, Rosa Clemente, DJ Kuttin Kandi and Julie C, R.E.A.C.H.
  46. I Was a Men’s Rights Activist, Edwin Hodge as told to John McDermott, MEL
  47. Bernie Sanders’s attack on New York’s primary might be smart politics, but it’s dangerous for Democrats, Ezra Klein, Vox
  48. Team Clinton to Sanders: It’s Over, Amie Parnes, The Hill
  49. Chris Matthews Calls Out Sanders Campaign for Misleading Ad, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  50. ESPN Fires Curt Schilling After Blowback Over Anti-Trans Facebook Post, Josh Feldman, Mediaite
  51. Anders Behring Breivik, Norway murderer, wins human rights case, BBC
  52. U.S. music superstar Prince dies aged 57 at Minnesota home, Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters
  53. Fidel Castro bids farewell to Cuba’s Communists as he says he will die soon, Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph
  54. Is the impeachment trial of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff a coup?, Amy Erica Smith, The Washington Post
  55. “Now the writing starts”: An Interview with Adonis, Jonathan Guyer, The New York Review of Books
  56. The Saudi Money Trail, Michael Isikoff, Newsweek
  57. The Reactionary Mind, Ross Douthat, The New York Times
  58. Obama tells young activists: Be willing to compromise, Elliot Smilowitz, The Hill
  59. Prince & Little Black Boy Gods, Scott Woods, Scott Woods Makes Lists
  60. Billionaire Koch Brothers Will Probably Sit This GOP Convention Out, Jen Kirby, New York Magazine
  61. 24 Hours in Caracas, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  62. Venezuela’s Got No Electricity or Money, Greg Weeks, Two Weeks Notice
  63. Thesis on the Insane Hoops We’ll Have to Jump Through to Recall Maduro, Emiliana Duarte, Caracas Chronicles
  64. Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyonce in Lemonade, Rafia Zakaria, The Guardian
  65. Why NATO Has Become One of the Most Destructive Forces on the Planet, Vijay Prashad, Alternet
  66. It’s a point guard’s game, Jerry Brewer, The Washington Post
  67. Tale of Two incompetences: The Electric Crisis and The Bill supply, Miguel Octavio, The Devil’s Excrement
  68. Venezuela’s Future Uncertain as Opposition Launches Recall Referendum Petition, Rachael Boothroyd Rojas, Venezuelanalysis
  69. Facing a Shifting Latin America, Venezuela’s Maduro Doubles Down, David Smilde, World Politics Review
  70. Know Hope, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  71. When Robots Are An Instrument of Male Desire, Katherine Cross, The Establishment ***
  72. Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems, George Monbiot, The Guardian

Academic Articles

  1. Alexander, Michelle (2010). “The New Jim Crow.” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. 9 (1), 7-26.
  2. Salem, Sara (2016). “Intersectionality and its Discontents: Intersectionality as Traveling Theory.” European Journal of Women’s Studies. 1-16.


  1. Mitchell, Timothy (2013). Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. New York: Verso.
  2. De Smet, Brecht (2015). Gramsci on Tahrir: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt. London: Pluto Press.

Radio and Podcast Interviews

  1. David Smilde on Chavez and Chavismo, Marketplace, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  2. Venezuela Faces Worst Drought in Decades, David Smilde, WBEZ 91.5

YouTube Videos

  1. How we brought down the Guatemala president, and why it matters

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