What if you reversed everything the United States does in regard to Iran? Tom Engelhardt did. He writes:
Imagine that, in late 2007, Iran’s ruling mullahs and their military advisors had decided to upgrade already significant covert activities against Washington, including cross-border operations, and so launched an intensification of its secret campaign to “destabilize” the country’s leadership — call it a covert war if you will — funded by hundreds of millions of dollars of oil money; that they (or their allies) supported armed oppositional groups hostile to Washington; that they flew advanced robot drones on surveillance missions in the country’s airspace; that they imposed ever escalating sanctions, which over the years caused increased suffering among the American people, in order to force Washington to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and give up the nuclear program (military and peaceful) that it had been pursuing since 1943; that they and an ally developed and launched a computer worm meant to destroy American centrifuges and introduced sabotaged parts into its nuclear supply chain; that they encouraged American nuclear scientists to defect; that one of their allies launched an assassination program against American nuclear scientists and engineers killing five of them on the streets of American cities; that they launched a global campaign to force the world not to buy key American products, including Hollywood movies, iPhones, iPods, and iPads, and weaponry of any sort by essentially embargoing American banking transactions.
For the whole story, read: “Iranian Aircraft Carriers in the Gulf of Mexico, It Can’t Happen Here.”photo credit: DoD
A Syrian woman reacts as she sits next to her son who was seriously wounded during a violence between security forces and armed groups in Latakia, northwest of Damascus, Syria, on March 27. [Photo: Hussein Malla/AP]
Bahrain, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen News Roundup: March 28.
Bahrain opposition says 250 detained, 44 missing | Reuters
Bahrain shuns Kuwait’s mediation offer | AJE
World ignoring Bahrain struggle | Toronto Star
Battle Erupts For Key Ivory Coast Town | VOA
Ivory Coast Refinery Running Out of Crude, May Shut in April | BusinessWeek
EU weighs new sanctions on Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo | Reuters
Britain announces emergency aid for Ivory Coast refugees | Guardian
The Urgent Situation in Cote d’Ivoire | David Paltiel, Yale School of Medicine
Jordan PM defends freedom of speech after unrest | AFP
Jordan: Set Independent Inquiry in Attacks on Protesters | HRW
Syrian protesters come under fire from security forces | Guardian
Syrian president wavers between crackdown or compromise as southern protests continues | AP
Assad to replace emergency law with worse: dissident | Reuters
What is at stake if Syria’s regime falls | CS Monitor
A bloody mess | The Economist
As Obama talks Libya, neocons move on to Syria | MinnPost
Pawlenty: Obama administration ‘naive’ on Syria | CNN
Pawlenty blasts Clinton on Assad: ‘ignorant or frighteningly misguided’ | POLITICO
Opinion Brief: Should the U.S. intervene in Syria? | The Week
Argument: The Syrian Time Bomb | Foreign Policy
Peter Goodspeed: Syrian violence raises the stakes on Arab upheaval | National Post
Reader writes the problems of Syria are larger than any individual | CNN
Tunisia’s interim president sacks interior minister without explanation, report says | AP
The Casbah Coalition | The New Yorker News Desk
Blast at Yemen explosives factory kills 110 | AP
Yemen fighting worsening already dire humanitarian situation, warns UN official | UN News Centre
Activists urge UN rights council to meet on Yemen | Reuters
The Unfolding Situation in Yemen | Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace
(Source: pantslessprogressive, via soupsoup)
It’s not interesting to me to just make (users) laugh or entertain them,” said Price. “I want to set up little challenges and have them make things; have them go off, come back and throw it into the zeitgeist. To me, that’s what Tumblr’s about.” The ability to ‘make things’ is how Tumblr differentiates itself. Using the platform, one can be creative. “I’m hoping that what I can do is sort of trickle down and set a tone that this is a place of open, free expression. And creativity. —
I sat down and chatted with TopherChris about his role as community manager and how it has helped Tumblr grow. (This is the second post about Tumblr - the first one is up on Digiday about how media properties use the platform.)
EDIT: in my haste to put up this wonderful quote, I forgot to link to the post. Here it is.
Dated January 25, 1870, these are the credentials for Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi, the first African American to serve in the Senate.
Source: Revels, Hiram Rhodes (1827-1901), Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
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The Brothers Mueller (the irrepressible twins Kirk and Nate, both MFA 10 grads in Digital Media) continue to charm clients and the media with both who they are and what they do.
Fresh from picking up the Society of Publication Designers’ Tablet of the Year Award (for the Boundless Beauty iPad app commissioned by Martha Stewart), they’ve created a scalable political site for
By Gordon Fleetwood, writing from NYC
One commodity that the South American continent is never short of is a great goalscorer. There will be a vast array of attacking talent on display over the next month in Argentina. Here are some of the men who might be walking away with the golden boot award when the proceedings come to an end.
Radamel Falcao García (Colombia)
Some strikers make the jump to Europe, and take some time to find their form. Falcao hit the ground like Usain Bolt in full flight. After an productive first season at Porto, the Colombian raised his game even more this past campaign. Thirty-five goals from thirty-eight games—including seventeen in the Europa Lague to break Juergen Klinsmann’s record—in Porto’s treble winning season, has made him one of the most feared and wanted strikers in Europe. However, the man sometimes known as El Tigre hasn’t been in the same form for his country. Colombia has really struggled for goals at times. This fact could be used to undercut the idea of Falcao grabbing the golden boot. However, if he manages to find his best form for Los Cafeteros, Falcao will definitely be a contender.
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