This Week’s Must Reads

Include, but of course are not limited to the following:

TIME Magazine’s cover story on abortion: What Choice? Whether you’re prochoice or pro-life, it’s a really interesting read on how we actually haven’t come all that far on abortion rights since Roe v. Wade in 1973. If you’re not a TIME subscriber, I highly recommend picking up a print copy. Also, you can read a supplementary online article that the author of the cover story wrote: Has the Fight for Abortion Rights Been Lost?

For movie buffs, The Daily Beast‘s compilation of the 2013 Oscar Nominations. I hope Django destroys.

Speaking of movies, if you’re like me, you’re not only dying to see Zero Dark Thirty but also really interested in how the movie was made. Check out Charlie Rose’s interview with director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal. Plus, last night Rose interviewed various people on the legitimacy of torture — a debate sparked by the film – that’s worth a watch. If you go to the Charlie Rose homepage, click “A discussion on torture” on the right hand side. If you feel like skimming an article instead of watching a video, here’s something: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Filmmakers Defend Their Story of Osama at the D.C. Premiere.

An NPR blog post on the possible action Obama could take on gun control: If Obama Took ‘Executive Action’ On Guns, What Might He Do?  Plus on the front page of the New York Times this morning, an example of a state action: New York Is Moving Quickly to Enact Tough Curbs on Guns. From the article: “When you hear about these issues all across the nation, whether it’s in the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., or Columbine, something needs to happen — something transformative,” said Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo.

Has anyone been following the story on the Chinese newspaper whose reporters and editors recently rebelled against government censorship? It resumed publishing this week, but the debate that it sparked over free speech and political/media reform in China remains. Excellent food for thought….

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