Thursday, July 18, 2013

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- July 18, 2013

Image: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Illustration by Sean McCabe

Go Ahead and Read Rolling Stone's Profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- Eric Levenson, The Atlantic

Rolling Stone has taken considerable flak for its decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—the younger, still-alive brother accused of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers—on the cover of this week's issue. That flak has led some major magazine sellers, including CVS and Wallgreens, to refuse to put the issue on newsstands.

But the brouhaha over the cover photo ignores the main reason Rolling Stone used that selfie in the first place; the piece is excellent. Seriously, read it. The author, Janet Reitman, wrote a fantastic, well-researched and thorough report on the evolution of "Jahar," or as his friends called him, "Jizz," from a National Honor Society student to an accused terrorist. The normality of Jahar has been told before, but Reitman takes the story to a new level, using as sources his personal friend group, family associates, neighbors, his wrestling coach, and even hospital nurses, Reitman (who has experience writing about troubled bros) delves into Jahar's pre-radical, high school years, when he was "one of the realest dudes," "superchill," "gorgeous," and "smooth as fuck." Yeah, the story behind that dramatic cover is well worth your time.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Syrian rebels get ‘the jilt’ from Washington -- David Ignatius, Washington Post

Is Syria Finished? -- Dennis Ross, Real Clear World

Syria’s Islamist fighters: Competition among Islamists. One Islamist rebel group seems to have overtaken all the others -- The Economist

The Muslim Brotherhood's More Frightening Offshoot -- Joseph Braude, The Atlantic

Egypt ignores Washington after U.S. policy missteps -- Washington Post editorial

Egypt is still not a coup in Washington -- Kim Ghattas, BBC

Is Egypt's Media Inciting Hatred Against Palestinians? -- Asmaa al-Ghoul, Al-Monitor

Kerry's Talks Are Really Just Maintaining the Status Quo -- Lisa Goldman, Daily Beast

By jailing opposition leader Navalny, Putin has silenced a leader and messenger -- Rachel Denber, The Globe and Mail

Japan's Abe May Push Nationalism After Election -- Malcolm Foster & Mari Yamaguchi, AP

The North Koreans Are Better Gunrunners Than You Might Think -- Elias Groll, Passport/Foreign Policy

Nelson Mandela's legacy — and its limitations -- Jeff Greenfield, Yahoo News

Nelson Mandela's Less Attractive Legacy -- Eve Fairbanks, New Republic

Blame the U.S. for Mexico obesity? -- John D. Sutter, CNN

How humans will survive in a million years -- Rob Walker, Yahoo News

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