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No Intimidation Here

“How ironic that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) should use intimidation to corner the cowering Hagel into professing he could think of no senator that was intimidated by the Israel lobby.”


Related: Micah Zenko: “Senator Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee was a protracted, repetitive, and disappointing affair.”; Max  Fisher: A revealing list of the most-mentioned words at Hagel’s confirmation hearing

Update: Michael Cohen at Graun USA: “The hearing was, for lack of a better world, an embarrassment for all concerned – Republicans, Democrats and the nominee himself.”

Egypt in Crisis: Divided Country, Declining Economy (VIDEO)

Egypt Crisis

Via DW:

The unrest in Egypt has not only left dozens dead. It has also shown how divided Egyptian society is two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. President Morsi has proclaimed a state emergency in parts of the country, and the military is patrolling on the streets. But Morsi is also calling for dialogue. Meanwhile the opposition is sceptical.

Empty words and time-wasting – that is the verdict of leading members of the opposition on President Morsi’s offer of talks. The mainly secular opposition sees the president’s policies as the cause of the unrest. They want an interim government and changes to the Islamist-inspired constitution.

Morsi faces not just the problem of a divided country, but also of a declining economy. Tourists and foreign investors have been staying away during the chaos. Will President Morsi be able to unite the various different social groups in a single democratic state? Or will Egypt revert to its authoritarian past?


  • Said Samir, freelance journalist/media consultant
  • Thomas Hasel,  journalist/political scientist
  • Hoda Salah, political scientist/political advisor to the European Parliament

Watch Egyptian Winter – Morsi Under Pressure after the jump. Read More

Lewis Lapham on Legalizing Drugs & Hating Facebook

Lewis Lapham

When it comes to public intellectuals who are intrinsically linked to opened doors of perception former longtime Harper’s editor and current Lapham’s Quarterly editor/founder Lewis Lapham is probably not the first name that springs to mind. But in this wide-ranging Reason TV interview Lapham discusses drug legalization and how it relates to his recent LQ essay that revealed a surprisingly “cordial” personal relationship with mind-altering substances (especially alcohol). He also (sigh) lets his aging lefty technophobe flag fly via his fervent mistrust of the Googles and the Facebooks (a sentiment stubbornly shared by Harper’s current union-busting Luddite designate and apparent search engine illiterate, publisher John MacArthur), which Lapham believes are comparable “to Soviet NKVD and the Gestapo” (double-plus UNGOOD, Godwin be goddamned!)

Watch Lewis Lapham on Legalizing Drugs, Hating the Facebook, and Curating the Past at Lapham’s Quarterly after the jump. Read More

Russ Feingold on Campaign Finance Reform

Russ Feingold

Via the Chicago Humanities Festival:

Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator from Wisconsin, is one of this era’s most progressive and independent political voices. His record includes party-breaking votes on the Iraq War, longtime opposition to capital punishment, and contributions to the national discourse on immigration reform. Arguably, it may be campaign finance reform that will go down as his greatest legislative battle. Along with Senator John McCain, Feingold spearheaded the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, which restricted campaign funding by corporations and unions. When many of their efforts were reversed in the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Committee, which rejected limits on corporate spending during elections, Feingold continued to advocate for limits on corporate influence in government as founder of the advocacy group Progressives United. Feingold joins constitutional scholar and Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan and the University of Chicago Law School’s Geoffrey Stone to share perspectives on this topical and divisive debate.

Watch Russ Feingold on Campaign Finance Reform after the jump. Read More

Around the Internets

TGIF is for links:

The Loyal Opposition (h/t)

Solving the Immigration Puzzle

Israel’s election leaves slim opportunity for Obama to push two-state solution

Israel’s Supposed Lurch to Right Was Just a Myth

After criticism, Obama officials quietly craft new polygraph policy

Mali troops guilty of human rights abuses, group says

Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

Olen Explains ‘Pound Foolish’

The Good, the Bad, and Django

Haiti: From AIDS to Aid, an [Un]Humanitarian Story

How Filibuster Reform Fell Apart: Behind The Scenes

The Silly Conservative Freak-Out Over Women in Combat

The Feminist Objection to Women in Combat

Turkey and the PKK: The Kurdish women who take up arms

Insight: In Amenas attack brings global jihad home to Algeria

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year: Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere)

Class in the 21st Century

Why the ideas of Karl Marx are more relevant than ever in the 21st century

Twenty-five years on: How we won abortion rights

Race, Rehabilitation, and the Private Prison Industry

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Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war

Janine di Giovanni

Via Pulse:

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of human moments within large conflicts — and explores that shocking transition when a familiar city street becomes a bombed-out battleground.

Watch Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war after the jump. Read More

“The Whole Nature of Doing Science Has Changed”


The RSA:

In the last thirty years, the so-called life sciences have been completely transformed. We now have the hybridised ‘biotechnosciences’ which blur the boundaries between science, technology, universities, entrepreneurial biotech companies, and global pharmaceuticals. But what are the implications of this shift, and who benefits?

When the modern era of genomics opened in the 1990’s, we were told that decoding the human genome would lead to cures for everything from cancer and schizophrenia to homelessness, and that a cornucopia of health and wealth would result. It’s now twenty years on, and the genome has been decoded, vast DNA ‘biobanks’ have been set up, some companies and individuals have become very rich, but both hypes and hopes are greatly diminished.

What went wrong?

Join renowned sociologist Hilary Rose and neuroscientist Steven Rose at the RSA as they tackle the claims of the bioscience industry head on.

Watch The Rise of the ‘Biotechnosciences’ after the jump. Read More

Other Horizons: Rungs in a Ladder

Jacob Bannon

This week’s edition of Other Horizons centres around Rungs in a Ladder, a short documentary featuring Converge frontman Jacob Bannon. Bannon meditates on life, art and how struggle has shaped him, both as a man and an artist. Director Ian McFarland allows his subject to take center stage, crafting a fascinating, surprisingly uplifting narrative in the process.

Make sure to check out the corresponding Noisey interview with Bannon: “Reflection to me is an artistic process: You’re exercising emotions and processing things that affect your life through art in a positive way.”

Watch Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon of Converge after the jump.

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Matthieu Aikins on Bin Laden, Shakil Afridi, and Zero Dark Thirty (VIDEO)

Matthieu Aikins

Democracy Now (h/t):

Today we look at the capture of Osama bin Laden — the focus of the controversial new movie, “Zero Dark Thirty” — which was released this week. Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” the film has come under harsh criticism from Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin for its depiction of torture. Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to face the fallout from the raid that led to the capture and killing of bin Laden in May 2011. Eight health workers have been killed this week during a nationwide anti-polio drive, as opposition to such immunization efforts in parts of country has increased after the fake CIA hepatitis vaccination campaign that helped locate bin Laden last year. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic. Pakistani clerics said medical workers should not pay the price for those who collaborated with the CIA. For more we’re joined by Matthieu Aikins, who just returned from two months in Pakistan researching what led to the capture and killing of bin Laden. His most recent article for GQ Magazine is called, “The Doctor, the CIA, and the Blood of Bin Laden.”

Watch Matthieu Aikins talk with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Juan González after the jump. Read More