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So, it's been eleven years.

Are we ready to have that adult conversation about why our former MENA allies might be pissed off enough to do something like 9/11 to us?

No? Not yet?

Didn't think so.
maxomai: dog (Default)
So, it's been eleven years.

Are we ready to have that adult conversation about why our former MENA allies might be pissed off enough to do something like 9/11 to us?

No? Not yet?

Didn't think so.
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This tweet from @NickKristof sums up my attitude about the Egypt protests succinctly:


@NickKristof I’m taken aback by the # of people who think democracy is good for Americans & Israelis, but dangerous for Egyptians.


It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the crux of this problem for me, right there. Obama’s flat-footedness on this matter is in its essence an inability on his part to reconcile American values with American imperialism. That contradiction was always there, and I had hoped that 9/11 would force us to confront it. Instead we wound up with the insipid line that They Hate Us For Our Freedom. We are fortunate that the crisis that did force us to confront this contradiction is much more benign.


On that note, I need to make an announcement. I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress just doesn’t do what I need it to do as a blogging platform. LiveJournal has posting by email as part of its paid service, and that’s exactly what I need in order to keep up with current events given my busy schedule.


So, if you were following me on maxomai.org, please follow me on maxomai.livejournal.com instead. I’ll be hooking LiveJournal into Twitter and FaceBook this evening.








maxomai: dog (Default)

This tweet from @NickKristof sums up my attitude about the Egypt protests succinctly:


@NickKristof I’m taken aback by the # of people who think democracy is good for Americans & Israelis, but dangerous for Egyptians.


It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the crux of this problem for me, right there. Obama’s flat-footedness on this matter is in its essence an inability on his part to reconcile American values with American imperialism. That contradiction was always there, and I had hoped that 9/11 would force us to confront it. Instead we wound up with the insipid line that They Hate Us For Our Freedom. We are fortunate that the crisis that did force us to confront this contradiction is much more benign.


On that note, I need to make an announcement. I’ve come to the conclusion that WordPress just doesn’t do what I need it to do as a blogging platform. LiveJournal has posting by email as part of its paid service, and that’s exactly what I need in order to keep up with current events given my busy schedule.


So, if you were following me on maxomai.org, please follow me on maxomai.livejournal.com instead. I’ll be hooking LiveJournal into Twitter and FaceBook this evening.








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Once again, here’s how to get the best information you can find on what’s happening in Egypt right now.


First, get on Twitter. Follow these folks:


@sarahcarr @alaa @EANewsFeed

@monasosh @JShahryar @muiz

@evanchill @RamyRaoof @arabist

@3arabawy @glcarlstrom @bencnn


That’s twelve names, lots of traffic.


Also, watch Al Jazeera English at http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now or http://youtube.com/aljazeeraenglish — they are usually covering this pretty well.


Antiwar.com has good stuff too.


Sorry for the short post.








maxomai: dog (Default)

Once again, here’s how to get the best information you can find on what’s happening in Egypt right now.


First, get on Twitter. Follow these folks:


@sarahcarr @alaa @EANewsFeed

@monasosh @JShahryar @muiz

@evanchill @RamyRaoof @arabist

@3arabawy @glcarlstrom @bencnn


That’s twelve names, lots of traffic.


Also, watch Al Jazeera English at http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now or http://youtube.com/aljazeeraenglish — they are usually covering this pretty well.


Antiwar.com has good stuff too.


Sorry for the short post.








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Okay, Mister President.


You’re watching Al Jazeera English now, just like I am. You’re seeing a crowd of Mubarak’s thugs attacking the demonstrators in Tahrir Square, and you’ve heard the accounts of demonstrators being attacked with knives, sticks, and stones. You’ve no doubt heard the sporadic gunfire, and you’ve no doubt seen the three trucks that the thugs tried to use to drive into Tahrir Square.


Bottom line, you have clear and compelling evidence that Mubarak isn’t intent on going peacefully. It’s time for you to force him out. Mubarak’s regime is getting $2.8 billion from US taxpayers. Time to cut him off.


Your predecessor was a feckless idiot. He got owned by Putin. Don’t get owned by Mubarak.








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Okay, Mister President.


You’re watching Al Jazeera English now, just like I am. You’re seeing a crowd of Mubarak’s thugs attacking the demonstrators in Tahrir Square, and you’ve heard the accounts of demonstrators being attacked with knives, sticks, and stones. You’ve no doubt heard the sporadic gunfire, and you’ve no doubt seen the three trucks that the thugs tried to use to drive into Tahrir Square.


Bottom line, you have clear and compelling evidence that Mubarak isn’t intent on going peacefully. It’s time for you to force him out. Mubarak’s regime is getting $2.8 billion from US taxpayers. Time to cut him off.


Your predecessor was a feckless idiot. He got owned by Putin. Don’t get owned by Mubarak.








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It’s almost daylight in Egypt and the reports so far are that the protesters are hanging around fires, doing standup comedy, reading poetry to each other, singing and dancing. The mood is, indeed, almost celebratory.


So why does that make me anxious?


Because, as Nick Kristof reminds us: “Tiananmen was the same before the shooting.”


I sure hope Obama is serious about his commitment to a peaceful resolution here, and that he can keep Mubarak on a leash; because whatever happens with this revolution, it’s going to reflect on the United States.








maxomai: dog (Default)

It’s almost daylight in Egypt and the reports so far are that the protesters are hanging around fires, doing standup comedy, reading poetry to each other, singing and dancing. The mood is, indeed, almost celebratory.


So why does that make me anxious?


Because, as Nick Kristof reminds us: “Tiananmen was the same before the shooting.”


I sure hope Obama is serious about his commitment to a peaceful resolution here, and that he can keep Mubarak on a leash; because whatever happens with this revolution, it’s going to reflect on the United States.








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So yeah…lots of stuff going on.


  • Who, exactly, is Omar Sulieman, the new Vice President of Egypt, one of two men whom we can expect to take over when Mubarak steps down (soon)? As it turns out, he’s one evil son of a bitch .. and just the kind of guy the Americans count on to do their dirty work. The ugly details, here.


  • In stark contrast, the man most favored by the Revolution, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, Ph. D., is also likely to be the man least favored by the Washington establishment — precisely because he has learned just how shallow their real commitment to democracy is. (And yes, that means you, too, Barack Obama.) More on that in his own words here.


  • What happened in 1954 that might give us a hint as to how the United States might behave when democracy, you know, doesn’t behave? Glad you asked! Read about the 1954 Guatemala coup here! Believe me, kids, there’s a lot more where that came from. A lot more. (Which is, by the way, why comparisons to 1989 might be quite apt. Same situation, different empires. More on that, here.)


  • By the way, things are still happening in Tunisia. More on that from The National.


  • Who’s next? How about Lybia? Housing riots have been going for some time now, and Qaddafi can only keep a lid on things for so long. There are also tweets coming out of Syria, by the way, so keep an eye on that.


  • Meanwhile, Iraqis are watching the events in Egypt unfold with a sense of irony and caution. More here


  • It bears repeating that the absolute best real-time coverage of the events in Egypt comes from Twitter, especially @AJEnglish, @monasosh, @SSirgany, @evanchill and @AymanM. @KingMubarak is also good for comedy value. (You can also follow me at @maxomai if you like.) As for television coverage, Al Jazeera English has the other networks of all other nations all beat, hands down. And check out the footage that Al Jazeera has released here under a Creative Commons license. Seriously, it’s amazing footage.

And with that, I’m off to bed.








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So yeah…lots of stuff going on.


  • Who, exactly, is Omar Sulieman, the new Vice President of Egypt, one of two men whom we can expect to take over when Mubarak steps down (soon)? As it turns out, he’s one evil son of a bitch .. and just the kind of guy the Americans count on to do their dirty work. The ugly details, here.


  • In stark contrast, the man most favored by the Revolution, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, Ph. D., is also likely to be the man least favored by the Washington establishment — precisely because he has learned just how shallow their real commitment to democracy is. (And yes, that means you, too, Barack Obama.) More on that in his own words here.


  • What happened in 1954 that might give us a hint as to how the United States might behave when democracy, you know, doesn’t behave? Glad you asked! Read about the 1954 Guatemala coup here! Believe me, kids, there’s a lot more where that came from. A lot more. (Which is, by the way, why comparisons to 1989 might be quite apt. Same situation, different empires. More on that, here.)


  • By the way, things are still happening in Tunisia. More on that from The National.


  • Who’s next? How about Lybia? Housing riots have been going for some time now, and Qaddafi can only keep a lid on things for so long. There are also tweets coming out of Syria, by the way, so keep an eye on that.


  • Meanwhile, Iraqis are watching the events in Egypt unfold with a sense of irony and caution. More here


  • It bears repeating that the absolute best real-time coverage of the events in Egypt comes from Twitter, especially @AJEnglish, @monasosh, @SSirgany, @evanchill and @AymanM. @KingMubarak is also good for comedy value. (You can also follow me at @maxomai if you like.) As for television coverage, Al Jazeera English has the other networks of all other nations all beat, hands down. And check out the footage that Al Jazeera has released here under a Creative Commons license. Seriously, it’s amazing footage.

And with that, I’m off to bed.








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Al Jazeera has the story below.



OK, so apparently some people managed to stop the damage from getting worse. What I’m wondering is, what were these folks after? To what end?








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Al Jazeera has the story below.



OK, so apparently some people managed to stop the damage from getting worse. What I’m wondering is, what were these folks after? To what end?








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This pretty much sums up the last 24 hours.









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This pretty much sums up the last 24 hours.









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Wherein a lone man made his stand before a water cannon. (For a better effect, crank Anthrax’s “One Man Stands” while watching.)



Of course, CNN bumped this for a runaway dog.








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