There’s Something Happening Here… There… EverywherePosted: February 21, 2011
Hello news junkies, so how’s your Presidents Day going? This post basically picks up where BB’s morning reads left off. Minkoff Minx also has a live blog on the protests going. I don’t know about you, but the world is spinning so fast right now, it’s hard to keep up, and I need all the help I can get. I’ve been perusing reads from around the blogosphere to fill in the gaps on what I missed last week and what’s been cooking this morning. I thought I’d share a bit of what I found (see below the youtube of Buffalo Springfield), in case it might save anyone else trying to catch up a little legwork.
Something Happening Everywhere: Midday Monday reads
- Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, “may have gone to Venezuela”, British foreign secretary William Hague has said (see 4.43pm).
- Two Libyan fighter jets and two civilian helicopters have landed in Malta (see 4.41pm).
- There are reports of gunfire in Tripoli and of the navy bombing parts of the capital (see 5.07pm).
- The Bahrain grand prix has been cancelled because of anti-government protests there (see 4.42pm).
- Five people are dead after riots in Morocco (See 4.20pm).
In Women’s rights news:
- From the Feminist Peace Network’s Lucinda Marshall (via RH Reality Check) — Women’s Human Rights in Egypt: Cautious Optimism and the Way Forward.
- Stupakistan is the nightmare that never ends. Kat linked to this horrifying development in the comments: Georgia Representative Wants To Investigate All Miscarriages.
- Beata posted this in the comments — Indiana union workers rally at Statehouse to protest bills –and added a note that “The Indiana protesters inside the Statehouse are attempting to connect with their Wisconsin brothers and sisters via Skype”
Something Happening Here: Sky Dancing catchup
- As Minkoff Minx said in her Sunday reads, it ain’t easy being Wisconsin cheesy! Minx linked to some great stuff that I might have missed otherwise, most especially Dakinikat’s excellent (Feb 19th) series (18th) of posts about WI and public sector unions (17th) last week. Kat really decimates the talking points against public workers with laser-like precision, facts, and nifty charts.
- Quixote summed up the essence of the current fight over unions really well in a comment she left on my Saturday morning post: “You don’t have to be pro-labor to support unions. Anyone who cares about the right to assemble should be defending people’s rights!This isn’t about busting unions. It’s about busting basic rights.”
- If you didn’t catch Bostonboomer‘s read the other night about the “national security” secret of Dennis Montgomery and the eEtreppid software fiasco, be sure to check it out. It’s a horribly depressing state of affairs, but the way BB covered it, at least you’ll laugh while crying.
- Also, if you missed Minx’s late night music & solidarity thread on Friday, it was a real uplifting treat.
Something Happening There: Stuff from other blogs
- Joyce Arnold‘s Saturday afternoon guest post at Taylor Marsh’s provided a very informative, though depressing, overview on the ENDA process — Queer Talk: Conversations that never seem to ENDA.
- And, in her always wonderful Sunday roundup, Stacyx (aka SecretaryClintonBlog) linked to Sabrina Tavernise’s “Reporting While Female,” in which Tavernise reflects on her own experiences as a foreign war correspondent in light of the news about Lara Logan. (In the comments at Sky Dancing this morning, Bostonboomer also linked to a very moving and powerful open letter to Lara Logan from another woman journalist.)
- Hillary news: 1) Stacy linked two very interesting reads on Hillary’s tenure as SOS last week — one from Harper’s Bazaar and another from CNN. 2) Ramsgate has a diary up at TM about the unsettling story of the Ray McGovern arrest at Hillary’s free speech address last week, of all places.
- Taylor Marsh has this interesting read up right now: American Oligarchy, in which she asks, “Reagan and Clinton both bit the tax hike bullet, but will Obama?” My wild guess on that is No.
- Over at The Widdershins (via chatblu’s Saturday morning post), Cream City came up with a great little quip: “Walker to Wisconsin: Let them eat cheese.” Cream City also shared some helpful WI media links in the comments at TW: wisopinion.com (aggregates left/right blogs, editorials, etc), wispolitics.com (news), jsonline.com (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, conservative), madison.com (combined Madison papers, you can guess the political leaning of those) Pat Johnson wrote a very beautiful post this morning at TW as well, about the woman in that Great Depression photo. You know the one. Oh, and yesterday chatblu put up a wonderful thread ahead of Presidents Day and got a great chat and youtube exchange of movies going — Lazy Sunday: Political Pictures.
- Have you seen this sticky lambert has up at corrente yet? Send WI protesters a solidarity pizza!
- Peter Daou: Witnessing history ... “Every age has its historic events and moments, but it’s hard to deny that we’re living through an epic time in history. Here are just a handful of the things we’ve seen in the past few years: The amputation of Manhattan’s skyline… One of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded (Indian Ocean)… One of the deadliest earthquakes ever recorded (Haiti), One of the worst environmental disasters ever (Gulf spill)… The emergence – and denial – of the biggest threat to human life (climate change)… The most successful U.S. presidential campaign ever by a woman… The election of the first U.S. black president… And now, the 2011 Middle East and North Africa uprisings…”
- Last but not least. Provocative read from the Black Agenda Report/Bruce A Dixon: The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice. Snippet: “When black Americans used to identify with the world’s oppressed and down-trodden, they were at least identifying with people like themselves. Now we are more likely to see ourselves in Michelle Obama, who takes six or eight vacations a year in some of the world’s most expensive resorts, than in a poor greiving Palestinian or Congolese mother.”