January 28, 2009
You may remember from my last Noteworthy News that I talked about how foreign journalists risk their lives by simply doing their jobs. Well, apparently one of the most dangerous place to be a journalist these days is in Russia. On January 19th prominent attorney Stanislav Markelov, 34, who represented the Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta in various trials, and Anastasia Baburova, 25, who wrote about Russian fascists for the paper were murdered. Spiegel Online International recently reported:
With the exception of countries like Iraq where conditions approach those of a civil war at times, nowhere is the life of a journalist more dangerous than in Russia. And none of the country’s 14,000 newspapers has had more victims of violence than Novaya Gazeta.
The newspaper has exposed corruption and the notorious infiltration of government law enforcement organizations by criminal groups. Its reporters have denounced human rights violations in the Caucasus and growing xenophobia. The individuals who contracted last week’s double murder likely stem from the milieus of military or intelligence officials, right-wing extremists, Chechens or possibly government bureaucrats whose illicit sources of income are threatened by the newspaper’s investigative reporting.
The article goes on to say that the Novaya Gazeta wants to arm its journalists with pistols. Who would have thought writers would have to go to such extremes?
It is no secret that our new President is a reader – but have you read this article about what books influenced him? The author of the article writes (in part):
[…] his appreciation of the magic of language and his ardent love of reading have not only endowed him with a rare ability to communicate his ideas to millions of Americans while contextualizing complex ideas about race and religion, they have also shaped his sense of who he is and his apprehension of the world.
Do you see that gorgeous fur coat which Caribou sports? Her undercoat floats around my house and covers my carpets…so you can imagine my interest in this article about knitting sweaters from your pet’s fur. Does anyone know how to spin yarn? I don’t, but I’m willing to learn!
Have you found anything interesting in the news lately? If so, drop me a comment with a link!