“With 480 characters I undid a long career defending the weak and victims of injustice. There is no excuse for what I wrote. At the time, I did not know that the attack against Lara Logan was so severe, or included apparent sexual violence. Even so, any violence against anyone is wrong. I’ve apologized, lost my job, and humiliated myself and my family. But I, at least, don’t want to go down looking like a sexist pig. I am not. I am a staunch supporter of women’s rights, gay rights and the rights of the weak anywhere in the world.”—In a Salon exclusive, Nir Rosen explains his offensive tweets
The wave of popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East has already swept Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine Ben Ali from power. Now, everyone from Western leaders to Arab protesters to nervous autocrats across the Muslim world are wondering: Who’s next? Some possibilities:
BAHRAIN: King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa Protesters held an Egypt-style “day of rage” on Monday, and the “deep grievances” of the country’s poorer Shia Muslim minority make Bahrain “the most susceptible” of the Gulf states to popular revolt, says regional analyst Theodore Karasik, as quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek. King Hamad, part of the Sunni elite, tried to “bribe” each family in the country with thousands of dollars, but that may not be enough to pacify the protesters, says Ditz in Antiwar.com. Bahrain is “the biggest wild-card” in the region.
IRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Mubarak’s fall has reinvigorated the passions that fueled the 2009 “Green Revolution,” which went largely underground after harsh government crackdowns. Thousands defied government warnings Monday and took to the streets in Tehran and other big cities, ostensibly in solidarity with Egyptians, but also shouting “death to the dictator.” The chance a full-scale uprising is “moderate,” says Mahanta in Mother Jones, but the odds of another crackdown are “tragically high.”
PALESTINE: President Mahmoud Abbas The day after Mubarak fell, Abbas and the ruling Fatah party scheduled long-overdue national elections for September, and on Monday the entire cabinet resigned. This shows that Abbas is “freaking out,” says Khaled Abu Toameh in The Jersusalm Post. “In the eyes of many Palestinians, Abbas is not much different from Hosni Mubarak,” and these acts of “desperation” are an attempt to keep Egypt’s “anti-government wave” from washing him out of power.
Jef Raskin, my father, helped develop the Macintosh, and I was recently looking at some of his old documents and came across his February 16, 1981 memo detailing the genesis of the Macintosh. It was written in reaction to Steve Jobs taking over managing hardware development. Reading through it, I was struck by a number of the core principles Apple now holds that were set in play three years before the Macintosh was released. Much of this is particularly important in understanding Apple’s culture and why we have the walled-garden experience of the iPhone, iPad, and the App Store.
An amazing piece by Glenn Greenwald, calling out those in the press who gave Anderson Cooper shit for “taking sides” when he accurately described former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s statements as lies.
From the article:
“The very idea that a journalist is engaged in ’opinion-making’ or is ‘taking sides’ by calling a lie a ‘lie’ is ludicrous; the only ‘side’ such a journalist is taking is with facts, with the truth. It’s when a journalist fails to identify a false statement as such that they are ‘taking sides’ — they’re siding with those in power by deceitfully depicting their demonstrably false statements as something other than lies.
This warped reasoning is one of the prime diseases plaguing establishment political journalism in the U.S. Most establishment journalists are perfectly willing to use the word ‘lie’ for powerless, demonized or marginalized people, but they genuinely believe that it is an improper breach of journalistic objectivity to point out when powerful political officials are lying. They adamantly believe that such an activity — which is a core purpose of political journalism — is outside the purview of their function.”
“I announced that I will adhere to this position and I will also announce… I will continue to shoulder my responsibility, protecting the constitution and safeguarding the people… until September coming, in the fair and free elections where all the guarantees for transparency will be secured.”—President Hosni Mubarak (via pantslessprogressive)
GROSS: There was a meeting that you refer to in your article about Scientology, where people from the New Yorker staff met with representatives from Scientology. What was this meeting about?
Mr. WRIGHT: That was one of the most amazing days of my life. I had been out to Los Angeles to interview Tommy Davis over the Memorial Day weekend. And when he finally did come to meet with me, he said that he had decided not to talk to me.
But I asked him if he would agree at least to, you know, to respond to our fact-checking queries about the church. And he agreed to that. And over a period of time, we sent them 971 fact-checking queries, which alarmed them.