April 3rd, 2009
These are my links for March 23rd through April 3rd:
- ZNet – Cowardice Pays: Reflections on Academic Abdication and a Paul Krugman Lecture in Iowa City – Excellent piece criticizing the defeatist attitudes of even the most “lefty” of mainstream academic pundits and their professorial minions Annotated link
- NDP admits involvement in anti-Bahai’s sectarian arson at 3arabawy
- Op-Ed Columnist – Learning How to Think – NYTimes.com – I usually detest Kristof, but this was actually quite good. A scientific study skewering experts and pundits (like Kristof).
- Settlers Attack Israeli Police Disguised as Arabs – Kfar Sava Magistrates Court, a local court, criticized the police for putting officers’ lives in danger.
- Gays sentenced to death in Iraq, executions to begin next week – “According to Ali Hili of Iraqi-LGBT, the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week.”
- Arundhati Roy: This is not a war on terror. It is a racist war on all Tamils
- Officer, dog square off against Modesto mob of 60 – I’ve spent most of my life trying to undermine the logic of “law and order”, but as much as I hate cops, I’m no fan of armed thugs, no matter what uniform they wear. As the state begins to lose its grip on its traditional monopoly on the use of violence, I think it behooves us to consider what we will put in its place.
- not harmless he: Robbing the rich to give to the incredibly rich – “Madoff is just one in a thousand sketchy-ass rich dudes, who take people’s money. the big difference here is that he stole from other rich people.”
- French workers detain four Caterpillar executives – Europe, World – The Independent – “Locking up managers is becoming a common practice in France when mass lay offs are announced, with police apparently reluctant to intervene to avoid violence.”
- Daily News Egypt – Bloggers speak of time in detention
- Five held over suspected plot to disrupt G20 summit with explosives stunt | World news | guardian.co.uk – “It’s political, it relates to political organisations, it’s not extreme but it’s a different political view. It leads to motives and things like that.” Scottland Yard is clearly populated by morons.
- «المصرى اليوم» تكشف: الجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة تعاقدت مع «البنتاجون» لتقديم معلومات سرية عن مصر – Arabic version of the Al-Masry Al-Youm article detailing yet another of the many public secrets that bureaucrats the Obama administration are making less secret these days: that the US military is funding defense-related research through its educational institutions abroad.
- London cops reach new heights of anti-terror poster stupidity – Boing Boing – Essentially, this redefines “suspicious” as anything outside of the direct experience of the most frightened, ignorant and foolish people in any neighborhood.
- American University in Cairo Signed Contract with the Pentagon to Provide Confidential Information about Egypt-Almasry Alyoum – Evidence of what everyone already know
- We predict a riot: Meet the anarchists plotting to overthrow capitalism – Home News, UK – The Independent – For a sensationalist piece about anarchist direct-action activists, it could be worse.
- Teacher Dude’s Grill and BBQ: What on (Google) earth is Teacher Dude doing? – Teacher Dude blogs (on Google-owned Blogspot) about photographing the Google Maps Street View Car photographing him
- Daily News Egypt – Egyptian blogger released after 49 days without charge
- Jami Tarn: Smearing Tristan Anderson – Debra Saunders’ piece of tripe trashing Tristan Anderson has been circulating across the blogosphere and has apparently been reprinted in every small-town POS daily with an editorial board that has an axe to grind with direct-action activists (“tree-huggers” in idiot parlance). “Jami Tarn” delivers a good retort. Annotated link
- Ward Churchill v. “The Good Americans”: How Churchill’s Critics Made His Case « OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY -
- Homesteaders in the Hood – I doubt that there will be much success in legislating squatter’s rights or homesteading laws, nor do I think there’s much use in using our energies to work towards this. The State and the market created this problem, so why should we wait for them to legitimate our means of coping with it?
- Anti-teenager “pink lights to show up acne” :: Dan Lockton – Why does Britain hate it’s youth so much?
- The Big Takeover : Rolling Stone – A long but very informative piece about the “global economic crisis.”
- Dissident Voice : Turkey’s Fallout with Israel Deals Blow to Settlers – Turkey agrees to allow Palestinian families access to Ottoman archives that show that Jesish land deeds were forged
- Rod Dreher: Food safety shouldn’t kill farmers markets | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Columnists: Rod Dreher – USDA is seeking to mandate electronic tracking of livestock through chip implants for producers of all sizes as a “food safety” measure. Unfortunately, the large agri-business firms who have created the food safety problems in the first place are the only ones who can afford to comply with the mandate, while small farmers will be pushed out of business.
- What Big Agra firm owns your favorite Nature-y brand?
- Parents of injured American peace activist demand justice from Israel | World news | guardian.co.uk – Aside from the obligatory reiteration of the IOF line at the end of the article and the lack of any mention of the violence going on in the immediate vicinity of the press conference (see previous bookmark), this is a decent article
- Israeli police violently prevent cultural festival in occupied East Jerusalem, several arested | International Solidarity Movement Palestine
- Israeli troops shut down press conference with injured American’s parents
- As projects grind to a halt, home sites turn to wasteland – Los Angeles Times – We’ve got this kind of theft and squatting in the desert community where I’m living, but it’s an active construction site. I don’t find the bonfires particularly scary, but the acrid smoke from the plastic they burn for fuel makes me ill.
March 17th, 2009
These are my links for March 14th through March 16th:
March 13th, 2009
These are my links for March 9th through March 13th:
March 8th, 2009
These are my links for March 4th through March 8th:
- March 3 1979 in Iran: Stop the Bomb – “Already in 1978 the Iranian woman, Atoussa H., wrote to Michel Foucault, a fan of Khomeini: ‘It seems that for the leftist movement in the West, which lacks humanism, Islam is desirable… for other peoples.’” Annotated link
- Police Officer Who Shoved a Bicyclist Is Off the Job – NYTimes.com -
- On the Greek Riots › My Kuneva – A poetic expression of the roots of class rage
- the veil of normalization « tabulagaza – “I realized today that i too had forgotten Gaza. In these past days in the elation of freedom i forgot why i had marched, i forgot why i am- to live for the other. That other is still as is, kept from life and the gatekeeper retains her position at the gate and the world looks on.” Annotated link
- For many, doomed ferry symbolizes Egypt’s corruption – Los Angeles Times – “The ferry case is a grim glimpse into Egypt’s starkly different worlds: one of migrants who work in Saudi Arabia and return home on rickety boats with money for their families, the other of elusive millionaires and billionaires with ties to the judicial system and ruling National Democratic Party, which sit atop a nation racked by inflation, labor unrest and poor healthcare and education.” Annotated link
March 2nd, 2009
I spent some time over the past week translating this excellent critique of the film “Waltzing with Bashir” by As`ad AbuKhalil (aka, the Angry Arab). Aside from butchering the title of the article and completely failing on one complicated parenthetical statement, I seem to have done pretty well. It was rather difficult, but quite rewarding. I don’t think I’ve ever even read anything of this length in Arabic, let alone translated it. The translation—in addition to being here below the fold, with some handy hyperlinks for those unfamiliar with the many names and historical events that appear in the article—can also be found on the original authors site, here. I also recommend this film review that appeared on Electronic Intifada. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2009
These are my links for February 25th through February 27th:
February 24th, 2009
These are my links for February 23rd through February 24th:
- Lebanon news – NOW Lebanon :: If not now, when -Out in force – "The event, the first of its kind in the Arab world according to the organizers, was staged by the Beirut-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) support organization Helem, and also featured representatives from Lebanese rights groups Kafa, KAFA, TYMAT and SIDC." (Thanks Sursock)
- Three held over Cairo bombing as conspiracy theories circulate – Jack Shenker with some solid reporting on Cairo bombing and the suspicions surrounding it
- Americans reach for small luxuries amid sour economy – USATODAY.com – This is the message from USA Today: don't fret about filthy rich, corrupt bankers getting off scot-free while your retirement vanishes into thin air, don't make common cause with folks in the same situation and share skills and resources outside of the market, don't concern yourself with working toward a fundamentally different system of value in the world, just buy a few baubles, take a bubble bath and eat some bonbons and everything will be OK.
- Rantings of a Sandmonkey » Egypt arrests 14 suspects, 1 Iranian, 3 pakis –
- FBI Arrests 4 Activists as "Terrorists" for Chalking Slogans, Leafleting and Protesting | GreenIsTheNewRed.com – Lest we begin to think that anti-terrorism legislation is a great way to bring an end martial law
February 23rd, 2009
These are my links for February 23rd from 12:22 to 13:45:
- Reform in Saudi Arabia | Tiptoeing towards reform | The Economist – The Economist on changes afoot in the kingdom of the two holy shrines, and an Ikea outlet (thanks to Angry Arab for the jab)
- Faculty shortages leads to registration nightmares | AUC Caravan – AUC spends all this money to move out to the desert, ostensibly so that it will have more space for an expanding student body, but now it has no money to pay enough teachers to instruct the students. That's AUC for you.
- Janitors dine on litter, while thousands for student free food went unused | AUC Caravan – The AUC Caravan keeps up its solid reporting
- Khan al-Khalili: Neo-Terrorism and the Gaza Effect? – "I'd also guess that the bombing came in response to the Egyptian government's tacit support for the Israeli campaign against Hamas in Gaza in December and January. The radicals had been repressed, penetrated, tapped, imprisoned, watched. They had made deals. There hadn't been a bombing in Cairo for some time. But my guess is that for a few of them, Gaza was a deal breaker." I like Juan Cole better when he doesn't guess.
- Daily News Egypt – STUDENT PROTEST DEMANDS END TO SECURITY PRESENCE ON CAMPUS – Sarah Carr reports: “For the first time the Muslim Brotherhood has taken part in a protest where demonstrators were holding up pictures of Gamal Abdel Nasser — who imprisoned and killed MB members — and called for the removal of [President] Hosni Mubarak and his government,” the commentator said. “This was previously a red line for the MB — it’s the first time it happens.”
- Can Egypt bring Cleopatra’s palace back to life? – "The water down there isn't just difficult to see through, it's poisonous. And the designs put forward at the moment are for an underwater Disneyland, not a place where people will learn about heritage. If these corporate sponsors want to build a sunken theme park then fine, but don't try and pass it off as a serious archaeological endeavour."
February 23rd, 2009
I should clarify that the suggestion articulated in my previous post that the regime may have had some hand in yesterday’s bombing is total conjecture, suspicious though it is that it falls on the same day that one of Cairo’s newest dailies, El-Shorouk carried the (perhaps-premature) headline “Repeal of Emergency Law in March” prominently on its front page. The fact remains that the regional landscape is changing significantly with Isreal firmly entrenched in a reactionary—nay, fascist—collective mindset (with notable exceptions, of course), the historic role of the PLO hobbled by an increasingly-illegitimate Fatah, the fitful rise of Hamas, a new American administration still playing it close to the chest and the reconfiguration of local, regional and international powers through a combination of movement-from-below and global economic pressures. Senescent though the Mubarak regime may be, it is not unaware of the shifting sands beneath its feet. It is to be expected that it will seem to relent in certain areas where it can afford to take a limited loss (as in the release of Ayman Nour) in exchange for a better relationship with those reconfigured powers. But, for the time being at least, the regime clearly feels uncomfortable with giving up its power to detain and torture arbitrarily under the Emergency Law. Perhaps when those sands have stopped shifting—when it is possible to identify with some certainty who it is necessary to label as a terrorist—maybe then the regime will be willing to replace the Emergency Law with a more limited, but equally oppressive, Anti-Terrorism Law. That the regime has a history of using false-flag terrorism toward such ends provokes the conspiratorial sensibilities of many Egyptians, as well as this American.
February 22nd, 2009
These are my links for February 21st through February 22nd:
February 22nd, 2009
Photo from AP
As several people have noted, this comes at a very suspicious time, considering that the extension of the State of Emergency (in place since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, with a brief break during Sadat’s presidency) was just about to be considered once again. Mubarak’s government has been promising for years to come forth with an anti-terrorism law to replace martial law, which would at least give citizens some protection under Egypt’s constitution. The regime is currently able to invoke the Emergency Law to do whatever it wants, which is what readers here will recognize in the abuction of Philip Rizk and Diaa Gad, among many others. With the changes afoot in US and Israeli administrations—along with increasingly vocal, powerful and interconnected resistance groups, domestically and across the border in Gaza—it seems the aging Mubarak regime is getting nervous and finds little option to maintain its grip on power but to resort to a strategy of tension. I think the recent release of celebrated political prisoner Ayman Nour should be considered as evidence of the panic roiling the upper echelons of this dictatorship. For developing news on this event, check this delicious feed.
February 21st, 2009
These are my links for February 21st from 14:18 to 16:22: