Nasser al-Awlaki in The New York Times on the drone strike that killed his grandson Though neither was ever charged with an official crime, Nasser's son Anwar and 16-year-old grandson Abdulrahman were killed by American drone strikes in Yemen in 2011 based on suspicion of involvement in Al Qaeda, despite the grandson's American citizenship. "Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed," the eldest al-Awlaki writes. "A country that believes it does not even need to answer for killing its own is not the America I once knew." Margaret Hartmann of New York Magazine calls the op-ed "devastating," and Media Bistro writer Peter Ogburn tweets "This is an amazing read." However, John McCormack, a staff writer at The Weekly Standard, tweets that Mr. al-Awlaki "should read this" and links to a story that quotes Abdulrahman as saying he wants "to attain martyrdom."
Amy Davidson in The New Yorker on Trayvon's false choices "I still don’t understand what Trayvon Martin was supposed to do," Davidson writes. Neither of the two options she has repeatedly heard—"run straight home" and "not be black"—was appropriate at the time. The former advice is wrong, as "Martin seems to have alarmed Zimmerman and the police dispatcher both when he moved too quickly and when he was slow." And the latter idea, that Martin "ought to have been exquisitely conscious of his blackness" and deferred to Zimmerman, reminds Davidson of blaming women victims for being assaulted because they are asking for it. "Amy Davidson gets it exactly right," David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times writes. "Sad, insightful commentary on people blaming Trayvon Martin for his own death," Huffington Post writer Mona Gable writes.