William Saletan in Slate on misperception in the Trayvon Martin case Depending on your perspective, George Zimmerman's acquittal was due to societal racism, or Florida's Stand Your Ground law, or gun rights, or whatever. Those are all wrong, Saletan writes. "The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or guns. The problem was assumption, misperception, and overreaction. And that cycle hasn’t ended with the verdict. It has escalated." The entire tragedy could have been avoided, Saletan writes, except that "two people—their minds clouded by stereotypes that went well beyond race—assumed the worst about one another and acted in haste." Saletan's piece has since been lauded from both sides of the ideological aisle. Huffington Post columnist J.J. McCullough tweets that Saletan's piece is a "Fantastic, thoughtful article on the Zimmerman trial," and The American Conservative's Rod Dreher writes, quite simply, "That makes a lot of sense."
David Rothkopf in Foreign Policy on Obama's lack of a policy on Latin America "It is sometimes thought that the failure to pay much attention to a region at least has the advantage of doing no harm," Rothkopf writes. "Not true. ... Sometimes you own a problem not because you 'broke it' but because your neglect has exacerbated it or made it possible." American foreign policy toward Latin America has failed to address any of a number of important issues: the support of a long-since failed Cuba embargo, aggressive NSA spying on Brazil, the extralegal grounding of the Bolivian president's plane, and a lack of collaboration with Mexico on stopping drugs and guns and increasing free trade. "But mostly what has resonated in the hemisphere during the past four years is a general lack of any U.S. interest or material activity in the region." His take is a "Comprehensive critique on lack of US policy towards Latin America," writes NPR's Senior International Editor Edith Chapin. In addition, Julia Sweig, the director for Latin America Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations, tweets (translated from Spanish) that Rothkopf is "one of the few who understands the U.S.-Latino foreign policy of Obama's second term."