“It is worth repeating that THERE IS NO EVIDENCE that Manning had anything to do with Wikileaks. He has not been charged with anything (really). He has supposedly exchanged messages with a guy about leaking stuff; this person is a convicted purger. A copy of the log of the exchanged messages has supposedly been given to a person at Wired.com, but Wired refuses to release it or divulge its content. Meanwhile, Manning is held incommunicado in a hole somewhere. Due process anyone?”
“Since it is never given posthumously, Mohamed Bouazizi, cannot be nominated, although he most deserves it. Next best thing would be Tunisia's youth/people, whose actions have led to a whole tsunami of peaceful revolutions in a particularly nasty corner of the world (including Wisconsin!!). By their actions, they have also radically changed our perceptions of Arabs and Muslims for the better; such perceptions may have gotten us into future conflicts. Moreover, they have made the current generation of Western youth rediscover Ghandi and MLK, just when we were starting to forget them. Third best is the internet itself in the person of Tim Berners-Lee. Facebook is an ap!”
“This is a good point; my two small comments:
1. Voter turnout in the USA is unacceptably low, and the democratic process is increasing skewed by big money (from both left and right). I think there is more to it than voter apathy. This is dangerous, since the democratic system is critically dependent on participation.
2. Activism is a very effective form of democratic expression; I am glad that it is coming back to the USA in the form of Tea Party, March to restore sanity, and Madison, Wi. I don't have to agree with any of them, but I think it is healthy (but, please leave the guns at home, folks)”
freshie on Feb 20, 2011 at 18:52:42
“Correct! If the ballot box doesn't work, the streets (activism) is just as effective. In fact, it should be easier to organize today.
I keep brining the President into this but even MLK had to be dragged kicking and screaming to greatness. He wasn't really on board at 1st, feared for his family and the influence of his father was great (father was conservative). The streets begged him to lead and he finally acquiesced.”
“It is how Texans pronounce the letter "W" the middle initial of George Bush the younger, so it is used to distinguish him from his father, the other George Bush. There is a third George Bush (Jeb's son), being groomed to take over the family firm (aka USA); good help us!”
“Pfft! They're next! They are the global standard of corruption. The world pillages their resources and pays the dictators to do so. These African dictators are traitors to their people. Don't think that our corruption isn't the same. We make it more shiny, that's all.”
“Thou doth protest too much.
Maybe we should talk about Sami al-Haj, an Aljazeera cameraman that was held in Guantanamo for over six years, tortured and raped repeatedly, then released without charge, or how about the firing of tank shells at the Aljazeera office in Baghdad, killing two journalists?”
I understand a little bit your opinion about the reporting tending to be a bit emotional at times, but considering what was going on (CNN et al were emotional on 9/11; Walter Cronkite cried reporting JFK's assassination), and considering that the "reporters" you mention were probably ordinary locals because, as I am sure you know, Aljazeera was BANNED in Tunisia at the time.
Aljazeera has gained a lot of credibility in the middle east (including Israel) probably by its ability to sniff out trouble early and run with it (they were reporting on Tunisia's revolution at least 10 days before the BBC etc), and somehow dodge the clumsy attempts to censor it (includinh those of the US during the battle for Fallujah). Alarabia does not have the credibility of Aljazeera, and it is not nearly as slick. I can't claim to understand what motivates Aljazeera, but as a Tunisian-American, I am glad they were in the tent peeing out during the last few weeks.”
martin2 on Jan 21, 2011 at 22:22:38
“How did you come up with this " Your excellency" farce.”
hp blogger Amb. Marc Ginsberg on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:37:17
“Thanks, I deeply appreciate your thoughtful response. My point being is not that I have a problem with Al Jazeera's reporting...it is its not-too-subtle mixing of editorial comment and objective reporting. Even Fox claims it does not blend its news reporting with its "entereditorializing" -- reserving the latter for its nightly prime-time shows. Al Jazeera tries, as we say in the U.S. -- to be too cute by half-- that it constantly inserts a preconceived editorial slant into a lot of its hyperreporting during crises. Marc”
“Hirsi Ali is sensationalist neocon clown (full of sound and glory, signifying nothing). She is just another mercenary talking head, who has very cleverly manufactured a notoriety and exploited it all the way to the bank.”
Chazmania on Jan 15, 2011 at 04:53:50
“And done the MIC propaganda disseminating she was hired to do.”
“The US response was pretty well "calibrated". First H. Clinton said "we are not taking sides": translation: Ben Ali, you are on your own. Then, there were a couple of State Dep announcements regarding protecting civil liberties of demonstrators. Translation: start shooting at unarmed people and you will find yourself in the Hague answering to war crimes. Then Barack's announcement today commending the "bravery and dignity" of the Tunisian demonstrators was pretty nice, I thought.
I think the Tunisians wanted to take back their country without even the appearance of external help, which is a good thing for all,”
“Tunisia has had a very successful family planning program, funded by the US during enlightened times, whose aim was based on the rather obvious idea that it does not matter how fast the economy grows; if the population grows faster, then the average person becomes poorer.”