Sunday Morning Link Dump
Originally posted over at Taylor Marsh.
Good morning and welcome to Sunday.
On this day in history, February 15,1542, the fifth wife of England’s King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery.
I’ve rounded up some links for you to peruse:
~The Palestinian Authority has announced it will hold elections in September. Hamas is saying it won’t take part. In other news, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has resigned after an investigation found that the Palestine Papers were leaked by someone in his office.
~Former Israeli negotiator and Mideast expert Daniel Levy has an optimistic take on future of Egyptian-Israeli ties, believing that democracy in Egypt could result in a positive change in the status quo that makes it more likely that Israel and the Palestinians will move forward on a peace deal because it will be in Israel’s interest to do so. The days of Egypt providing a stamp of Arab legitimacy on the never-ending conflict will likely be over, forcing all sides to start to accept that time is not on their side. On the other side of the coin, Helena Cobban thinks Daniel has some good ideas, but it’s too little, too late.
~Boy, the U.S. sure knows how to apply pressure on an ally when it wants to- the operative word being want.
~Rachel Maddow calls out some on the political right for siding with Mubarak, over, you know, the pro-democracy protesters.
~Today, tensions in Egypt are bubbling to the surface as the military clears protesters from Tahrir Square. The military has sent the message, apparently, that there are limits to what kind of change they are willing to enact. And herein lies the rub- this was a coup, albeit a peaceful one, and there are many that are worried that the military is not going to be willing to give up the power and privilege that they have enjoyed for so long.
~I’m kind of getting sick of Arianna Huffington.
~The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has plans to discredit liberal bloggers and union organizers according to leaked documents. Here’s the thing, besides getting next to no media attention, some of the strategies sound out-right illegal. More proof that there are different sets of rules for the elite ruling class- no ethics, no accountability and no punishment. Ever.
~Speaking of corporate shenanigans- Bank of America’s war against WikiLeaks just hit a really big snag, while dragging several prominent intelligence companies and law firms through the mud with them. There’s a lot of MSM radio silence on this story as well.
~The NYT has an interesting article (which looks a lot like a planted article from the White House) about how some of the mixed messaging from the administration was a result of a difference in viewpoints about whether to privilege stability over a quick Mubarak exit. There does seem to be a tension between those that want stability and those that see these dictatorships as anything but stable. Although Clinton herself said in Doha that the Arab states has to reform and listen to their people. The question remains, what does the U.S. mean when it says it wants the Middle East to reform? In this information age, the chasm between our words and our deeds are amplified in a way they never were before and the protesters in Cairo were quick to point out U.S. hypocrisy.
~Speaking of which, Nick Kristoff is again a voice of reason, calling out the U.S. for using lazy, fear-mongering stereotypes of all Arabs as an excuse to prop up dictators under the false flag of stability.
~Fox News insider admits that the “news” network just makes stuff up to undermine democrats.
~Fox News had a “Breaking News” interruption for this Sarah Palin tweet on Egypt:
~Ron Paul wins the CPAC poll for like the millionth time which means he’ll never be Preznit!
~Speaking of CPAC, it’s no surprise that many used the events in Egypt to slam Islam. I think they were watching a different Egyptian revolution than the rest of us were. One thing was very clear at CPAC, other than fear-mongering about Islam, foreign policy is not their strong suit. They’re going to need to brush up on that because they are not ready for prime time.
~While our attention was diverted elsewhere, another U.S. ally, China, has detained and beaten a prominent activist and his wife after he released a video detailing his treatment.
~Democrats are thinking ahead to the Arizona Senate race and floating the idea that Gabrielle Giffords might be the perfect candidate.
~Good riddance Robert Gibbs.
~The GOP is proposing massive cuts to the State Dept. and UN because, you know, who needs all that silly democracy-promoting nonsense? We need more advanced weapons systems!
~Ok, this is the coolest thing ever. Kovas Boguta has done a computational history of how Twitter users in Egypt influenced each other based on their “follows.” If you click on the photo (you may have to do that twice- I did it and it did work) you will be taken to a larger image and you can zoom in to see the influence that certain Arabic and English-speaking Twitter users had related to Egypt (and definitely go check out his site at the above link for more explanation):