My work schedule has been hectic the last few weeks as I've prepped for my move. I've spent my two days of funemployment running errands, working from cafes, and coming the following conclusion after wading through the UES at 3pm: Gossip Girl was a documentary.
In the meantime, I've been reading ravenously, mostly about the turmoil in Ukraine and Venezuela. While being disturbed by the human rights abuses and casualties during the uprisings, I must admit I am also fascinated by the ability of common people to drive change. These two regions hold particular interest to me because both countries went through similar revolutions at the start of this century when I was an International Affairs student at GWU: Venezuela's near ousting of Hugo Chavez in 2002 and the Orange Revolution of 2004 in Ukraine.
Media coverage has been mixed. Coverage of Ukraine is perhaps stronger given their position as a pawn between EU and Russia interests. It's enough to make us wonder if the Cold War ever truly ended.
Admittedly, I have been disappointed in the coverage of Venezuela as many of the same facts seem to be repeated with little context given. For instance, we know jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is against Maduro, but very little has been said of what his politics and vision for Venezuela is. Surely this isn't a movement of merely dissatisfied citizens, there is an actual vision somewhere. Of the English speaking media outlets, I've been most impressed with Fusion TV's on the ground coverage in Caracas.
And now for some of my top reads from the week (in no particular order):