The Sunday News Round-Up: The We’re All Egyptians Now Edition
The photo on the left is a photo I took inside ancient ruins when I was in Egypt several years ago. Needless to say, it’s a very different Egypt today.
This is the round-up I do every Sunday over at Taylor Marsh, so I am cross-posting it here. The round-up isn’t solely about Egypt but there are a few more things worth mentioning this morning so I will start with those links:
~The Egyptians have done their best to keep lines of communication open using fax modems and ham radios.
~Earlier today, Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu made his first public comments about the events in Egypt.
~Egyptian officials have closed Cairo’s Al Jazeera bureau.
~Is it me or are We the People increasingly being offered [by the US media and their chosen commentators] false choice between corrupt dictatorship and crazy Islamists? Does the US mainstream media even know enough about this to be providing responsible commentary as events unfold? There have been some exceptions of course- MSNBC did a great job Friday night of having diverse viewpoints providing commentary on the rapidly-changing situation there – Cenk Uygur and Rachel Maddow’s shows come to mind. Also, Democracy Now has had some great coverage (see here for Professor Juan Cole’s take on events). But by far the best coverage has been provided by Al Jazeera. You can see the constant livestream here.
~Yesterday I blogged about how many conservatives who openly embraced the Freedom Agenda during the Bush years, have now come out and decided that maybe democracy isn’t such a great thing. You know, at least for Arabs.
~Elliot Abrams thinks the events unfolding in the Middle East validatethe Bush administration’s Freedom Agenda. You be the judge.
~Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic provides one of the most condescending appraisals of the situation in Egypt that I have seen thus far. He clearly thinks that the “Arab Street” can’t be trusted with something as fragile as democracy. Democracy for me but not for thee.
~Journalists are being targeted by security police in Egypt.
~Thousands protest in Jordan.
~In other news, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves for Haiti this afternoon as the country sets a date for a second round of run-off voting which will leave the political outcome unresolved until well into the Spring.
~In light of the revelations in the Palestine Papers, maybe in addition to diplomats and negotiators our Mideast negotiating team should also have a shrink? Salon takes a look at what some time on the therapist couch might look like.
~Hey, lets have a round of applause for Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein- apparently he is such an awesome CEO that his pay is going to be tripled! But I thought Wall Street was being so put upon and treated so unfairly by the US government that they were barely getting by! It’s a good thing Obama is “reaching out” to these guys because they really have it bad.
~Question: Where the hell is Elizabeth Warren these days?
~I don’t even have words to describe this story about GOP efforts to redefine rape to limit abortion funding in cases of rape or incest.
~Matt Yglesias rips apart the Beltway conventional wisdom being bandied about regarding the selection of new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Yglesias notes that since day 1 Obama has surrounded himself with insiders so there is nothing unexpected about this choice, other than that Carney wasn’t on the media’s radar for this post.
~Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann thinks that cutting veteran’s benefits is a swell idea!
~Will Haley Barbour’s white-washed version of American history be a major stumbling block if he decides to be a White House contender in 2012?
~Obama to focus on clean energy? Good luck with that.
~AmericaBlog Gay has an interesting video made by Marine commander General Amos, discussing the repeal of DADT. Amos of course had been very vocal in his opposition to repealing the ban. It looks like he’s been reminded of his role in the chain of command.