Today begins a new edition of our blog feature “Variations on a Theme,” in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it’s protest.

Protest Week coincides with this week’s cover story, a primer to the forthcoming NATO/G8 summit by Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky. The two reporters examine many aspects of the event, but deal extensively with its anticipated protests. Moreover, they cover the lawsuits that came about as a result of the Iraq War protests in 2003. Though it’s these two facets that gave us the idea for our theme, the article investigates many layers of the summit, and is a must read.

And in case you missed it, here’s “Regrets Week,” last week’s “Variations on a Theme.”