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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 02/2011

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.06.2011 | World

With chaos still roiling Egypt, it's hard to tell if this uprising is Iran 1979, China 1989, or East Germany 1989. We'll have to wait and watch before we can know. But it's not too early to know that if America had done more to nurture a moderate opposition for the last 30 years, instead of choosing a strongman who sided with us over uncertain democracy, we might have some better choices right now. More importantly, so would the Egyptian people. Social media is once again playing an integral role in a popular uprising. Mubarak and his saber-wielding thugs have desperately tried to shut down the Internet and the press in a frantic attempt to keep the whole world from watching. But that's so much harder to do in the age of Twitter, Facebook, cell phone cameras, and YouTube uploads. These new media tools will play a key role in determining whether Tahrir Square 2011 is more Berlin Wall or more Tiananmen Square.

When HuffPost Met AOL: "A Merger of Visions"

| Posted 02.07.2011 | Media

AOL is an online pioneer that engenders great trust among its 250 million global users. HuffPost is on the cutting edge of creating news that is social and brings with it a distinctive voice and a highly engaged audience. In this case, 1 + 1 = 11.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.13.2011 | World

In response to Mubarak stepping down, President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech calling for "nothing less than genuine democracy," not just a government aligned with U.S. interests. There will be many foreign policy takeaways from Egypt, but here's an obvious one: invading a country, toppling its regime, destroying civil society, and then trying to put all the pieces back together with a ten-year occupation and a few trillion dollars turns out not to be the only way to increase the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Wired was more effective than warred. People can now connect to each other faster than any government can connect with its people. And while governments may be able to shut down the hardware, they can't shut off the social effects of digital networks. Any leader who doesn't understand this dynamic should book a room next to wherever Mubarak is heading.

Debating the Two-Party System

| Posted 02.18.2011 | Politics

The two-party system has not just narrowed our choices, it's narrowed our thinking. It has deeply infected our political discourse, our media, and our politicians.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.20.2011 | Politics

This week, the budget cutting battle escalated with President Obama offering up a new proposal that included cuts to programs that assist the working poor and help the needy heat their homes. The Republicans countered by passing a bill that, among other things, would take police officers off the streets, teachers out of classrooms, and children out of Head Start. This week also brought the one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan surge -- a strategy that has failed to meet its goal of turning around a war for which we continue to pay an extraordinary price in lives, money, and our national security. So, once again, addressing suffering here at home takes a back seat to nation building abroad -- our leaders' perverted priorities on full display.

The Incredible Shrinking Budget Debate: Why the Only Choice We're Being Offered Is Between Bad and Worse

| Posted 02.23.2011 | Politics

We are now locked in the great budget battle of 2011. Who will win, the president or House Republicans? It's impossible to say yet, but I do know who is going to lose: us.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.27.2011 | Entertainment

This week, President Obama decided to no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act -- a decision that, in another time, would have been expected to prompt major blowback. The fact that it didn't is another indication that social issues no longer pack the punch they once did. Elsewhere, the fighting escalated and an embattled strongman stuck back aggressively. I'm talking, of course, about Charlie Sheen, who unleashed a series of ugly diatribes aimed at his producer, Chuck Lorre, prompting CBS to pull the plug on Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season. If this is a harbinger, The Fighter will take home the best picture Oscar. But the buzz at all the pre-Oscar events is that it's a two-film race -- The King's Speech vs. The Social Network. What's your prediction?

Bill Maher Saves the Oscars... At Least for Me

| Posted 02.28.2011 | Comedy

For my money, this year's Academy Awards telecast was the funniest in ages. No, not because of the show itself, but because I watched the show sitting next to Bill Maher at the Vanity Fair dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel.