One month after relaunch, the Monitor's new set of publications -- this website, our print weekly, and our Daily News Briefing -- are works in progress. At the risk of boring you with detail, this blog is meant, in part, to explain what we are doing and why.
Today, for instance, instead of a "morning briefing" blog post, which I've experimented with for the past week, I am going to give you a preview of articles in the works today for CSMonitor.com. The contents of the old "morning briefing" will now be available exclusively in the Daily News Briefing (you can subscribe here if you want).
We meet each morning at 10 a.m. in our Page One conference room to hash out the news. Present at the meeting are our managing editor, national news editor, international news editor, web editors, and others who keep us informed about work in progress in, say, the features, editorial/op-ed, and special-coverage areas (i.e., innovation, environment, money/economy).
So here's what's underway today:
We're following reports of a rebellion at an army base in the former Soviet republic of Georgia (click here), both from Tblisi and from Moscow, where Monitor correspondent Fred Weir is looking into allegations from Georgia that the Russian government's hand was involved (his report is here).
On the economic front, we're reporting on Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's encouraging view that economic recovery is becoming apparent. We'll also be looking at the relationship between America's troubled banks and the US Congress (click here).
Our foreign affairs correspondent, Howard Lafranchi, focuses on the US's rocky relationship with Afghanistan's Hamid Karza, who has been criticized recently for incompetence and corruption but who increasingly looks like he will win another term as president (read his report here). From the other side of the world, Anand Gopal writes (click here) on why Karzai's opponents are so weak and why strong candidates keep dropping out.
Other pieces in the works:
- A report from Ukraine on president Viktor Yushchenko's move to declassify nearly a million documents in the secret archives relating the the Ukrainian independence movement (read it here).
- Britain releases a very interesting "least wanted" list of people barred from entering the UK because they have a record of extremism or hate speech (click here). Various Islamist preachers, a Jewish extremeist, and US talk-radio personality Michael Savage are on the list.
- And Warren Richey will report on anything that develops from the Supreme Court, which is in session.