Tim Fernholz is a former staff writer for the Prospect. His work has been published by Newsweek, The New Republic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. He is also a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.
A former State Department official writes in the Times today about an underappreciated issue, human trafficking and forced prostitution in America. Apparently, the Justice Department isn't interested in doing much about it, rejecting nearly every provision in a bill that would increase prosecution and penalties. The disagreement creates some interesting bedfellows:
Ezrarecommends this conversation between Matt Yglesias and Peter Beinart, and their speculation about conservative attempts to make China and Russia, like Iraq, out to be foreign enemies, thus giving the Right an excuse to stand in the way of a multipolar world.
This article is just an excuse to mention the first thing that came to mind two days ago, when I read David Plouffe's mass-emailed announcement that Obama would leave the convention hall and move to "a huge, free, open-air event and deliver his acceptance speech to the American people." Is Obama going to be live at Red Rocks?*
Here's a piece analyzing some writing by Arab journalists disappointed by the supposed adjustments to Barack Obama's Middle East policy. While the senator could improve America's image in the region with his Muslim background and his opposition to the Iraq war, Arab intellectuals are still concerned about his outreach to AIPAC and Israel.