30 Jan 2011

Holding Our Breath: Sunday Morning in Egypt Brings Rumors, Departures

This won’t be a big sweeping post about events unfolding in Egypt; it’ll be just enough to help you catch up this morning.

Rumors began after 1:00 a.m. EST that Hosni Mubarak had already fled to Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula; rumors followed shortly thereafter that the Egyptian Army had moved into Sharm el-Sheikh as well. Such a move without the express consent of Israel would be a breach of the Camp David accords.

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28 Jan 2011

Egypt after Midnight: ‘Angry Friday’ Stretches into Saturday

Analysis of Egypt’s unrest and potential transition from Al Jazeera-English reveals how much more nuanced the geo-politics involved than American media conveys, and how understanding the Middle East has been of America’s national interests.

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28 Jan 2011

Minority Report: What If the Leaks Are an Operation?

The public appears to have organized itself around two opinions regarding the nature of WikiLeaks’ content secret U.S. cables released to date. But what if these two majority opinions are wrong? What if there are other possibilities that haven’t been considered, perhaps out of organic groupthink?

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28 Jan 2011

Angry Friday in Egypt

This is the latest news report filed by al Jazeera-English on YouTube at 6:00 a.m. GMT — that’s 1:00 a.m. EST.

In addition to blocking the internet, it’s reported that the Egyptian government may be blocking television broadcasts into and out of the country, including al Jazeera.

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27 Jan 2011

Win the Future? Win Our Children’s Food, Shelter, Safety First

Given the avoidance of the economic crisis and its impact on American families in this week’s State of the Union speech, isn’t “winning the future” just a corporate branding exercise to differentiate America Inc. from India Ltd. and China Corp.?

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27 Jan 2011

Win the Future? Win Our Children’s Food, Shelter, Safety First

Given the avoidance of the economic crisis and its impact on American families in this week’s State of the Union speech, isn’t “winning the future” just a corporate branding exercise to differentiate America Inc. from India Ltd. and China Corp.?

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24 Jan 2011

Valentine’s Day Just Got Pricier: Ivory Coast Halts Cocoa Exports

If you’re buying something already on the store shelves in the way of chocolate sweets, your wallet may not suffer. But if you’re buying something chocolate which hasn’t yet been made, you may be paying more and soon now that the Ivory Coast’s newly-elected and internationally recognized president has called for a ban on cocoa exports.

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23 Jan 2011

It’s Not a Sale or a Merger but a Joint Venture: Comcast and GE Will Share Corporatist Mouthpiece NBC

In all the hubbub over Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC’s Countdown and the chatter over President Obama’s appointment of General Electric’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt as chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), a very important point has been overlooked.

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21 Jan 2011

80 Raids in One Day: Petraeus’ Questionable COIN in Afghanistan

Why did Gen. David Petraeus send special ops folks out to conduct “more than 80 raids and other operations” inside a day’s time, according to Politico’s Morning Defense report Wednesday — that’s an insane number of raids for what should be relatively small working groups of individuals. Was it just because the weather was good?

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21 Jan 2011

80 Raids in One Day: Petraeus’ Questionable COIN in Afghanistan

Why did Gen. David Petraeus send special ops folks out to conduct “more than 80 raids and other operations” inside a day’s time, according to Politico’s Morning Defense report Wednesday — that’s an insane number of raids for what should be relatively small working groups of individuals. Was it just because the weather was good?

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