Category Archives: breaking

the enemy is dead; long live the enemy

So the news is scrolling in on my various news sources — Osama bin Laden, ostensibly America’s Most Wanted, has been shot and killed in Pakistan today. The President is to make a live announcement shortly. So does this mean … Continue reading

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all about the disasters

Everyone’s following the events in Japan, I believe, not too much need for me to go into detail as the news is quite rapid and updating quickly. Some good live update sites can be found at: Al Jazeera: Japan’s nuclear … Continue reading

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wikileaks: transcript of live chat hosted in sweden

I did submit a question about the timing of the release of possible Bank of America materials, but my knowledge of Swedish may have been insufficient, or they had too many questions to choose from. NB: I should clarify. Most … Continue reading

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they shouldn’t let boehner speak in public…

From JMG on Boehner’s reaction to the DOMA announcement: House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman just issued this terse statement: “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks … Continue reading

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Obama administration to stop defending DOMA

Wow… Statement of the Attorney General on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act. From the Attorney General: After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented … Continue reading

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okay, now hold on JUST A SEC (on #wiunion similarity to #egypt)

This is getting ridiculous: Is Scott Walker Cutting Off Internet Access To Thwart Protesters? I mean the comparison of the strike in Wisconsin to the protests in the Middle East only holds up so far before it’s strained, but if … Continue reading

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this n that

Really a lot of stuff going on in MENA right now, it’s almost impossible to keep up. Key countries: Libya – la terre brûlée: Looks like on the cusp of civil war, as Ghadaffi is responding with extreme violence to … Continue reading

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viva free #egypt!

Wow… 18 days of peaceful (on the part of the protesters) demonstrations, and Egypt has dislodged its 30 years long dictator. It’s absolutely amazing to watch… I can’t do any of it justice. You owe it to yourselves to witness … Continue reading

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Wael Ghonim, the man who broke the Egyptian regime in one interview

[Audio: Arabic; Captions: none; Transcript: see below] I was on twitter when he was interviewed, so the tweets provided live coverage and translation for me. The interview is absolutely heartbreaking, and is translated/transcribed here: Wael @Ghonim (thanks to @exiledsurfer who … Continue reading

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egypt: no chaos until now

[Audio: unknown; Captions: none; Subtitles: limited description] According to the YouTube upload, Female anti-government protester telling Al Jazeera that they cannot leave the square even if she wanted to – she is crying on air and sounds very scared and … Continue reading

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egypt: past, present, and future

Now there’s altogether too many *facepalm* moments in watching mainstream U.S. media and public U.S. government officials talking about Egypt, particularly in “hoping for peaceful” transitions, in describing Mubarak as a “stable ally, not a dictator,” “a good friend of … Continue reading

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egypt afire

I am not particularly qualified to comment directly on Egypt. Foreign policy isn’t my area of expertise, I’ve never been there, I do not know the language nor the culture nor the people. But I do know that 30 years … Continue reading

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dadt and dream on saturday

Looks like everything’s all set up to vote on these bills this Saturday. According to Reid Schedules DADT Vote: The DREAM Act will be considered first on Saturday morning, according to a Democratic Senate aide. If the legislation fails to … Continue reading

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