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Week in Review

In case you missed it, the next two installments of the Beyond the Blue essay were posted this past week. Part three dealt with the disruptive promise of infostructure, and part four with the painful but necessary changes we’re all likely to experience in the near future as a result of these disruptions.

As Syria continued its slide into grisly horror, we read the leaked talking points Bashir Assad used in preparation for his interview with Barbara Walters, and marveled at the moral hypocrisy of Asma Assad, Bashir’s faithful wife. Yet we noted that the results of the most recent intervention in Libya haven’t been exactly stellar: our humanitarian war has yielded some humanitarian catastrophes of its own.

Elsewhere in the region, we suggested that the Saudi promise to keep oil below $100/barrel is a vote of confidence over how we’re handling Iran, even as we cast a worried eye over to Saudi Arabia’s restive and mostly Shiite Eastern Province, where several people have been shot by police in the past few days. We likened the mood behind Egypt’s decision to put several Americans on trial to the paranoid conspiracies which buffeted the French Revolution, and speculated that the deteriorating economic situation could be setting up Cairo for another round of unrest. And over in Israel, we wondered whether it might be time to fundamentally rethink the premises of the peace process.

In Africa, we interpreted recent Senegalese unrest as less to do with democracy and more to do with regional and tribal issues, and we showed “Christianist” worrywarts in America what real theocracy looked like… in Uganda.

Another week in the Asian Great Game saw Pakistan and Sri Lanka meet in Islamabad to the delight of China and the consternation of India, just as Japan and India grow closer from a mutual distrust of Beijing.

As Europe limped along, we looked at what a Francois Hollande victory in the upcoming French elections might mean, and worried about the continued decline of religious liberty in Hungary. And as Greece’s situation continued to get more and more untenable, we pointed out that the EU may have come to terms with an eventual Greek default and eurozone exit.

Back in the USA, we saw that despite good news in the economic statistics, gasoline consumption continues to stagnate, historically a sign of ongoing recession.

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  • Kris

    “the most recent intervention in Libya”

    Obama’s Most Excellent Intervention, starring Keanu Reeves.

    “we suggested that the Saudi promise to keep oil below $100/barrel is a vote of confidence over how we’re handling Iran”

    Or it might be meant as a kick in the pants.

    “over in Israel, we wondered whether it might be time to fundamentally rethink the premises of the peace process.”

    Ever since disillusion quickly set in, the premise has been: “Something must be done. The peace process is something. Therefore, …”

  • Andrea Ostrov Letania

    Where was the world, especially the US, when Israel rained down bombs on Lebanon and Gaza?
    Wasn’t that grisly, or does the US only care when Muslims are killed by Muslims?
    And what about the massive horrors visited on Iraq’s Christian community as a result of the US invasion?
    I guess some people are more equal than others.

  • Hugh Frazier

    Is it possible to subscribe to a Week in Review email?

  • Kris

    Andrea@2, dear, are you sure you’re responding to the right post? If all you want to do is spout talking points, I’d be happy to provide you with pointers on how to set up your own blog.

    “Where was the world, especially the US, when Israel rained down bombs on Lebanon and Gaza?”

    You somehow neglected to insert the word “unprovokedly.”

    “does the US only care when Muslims are killed by Muslims?”

    As in Bosnia, yes?

    “And what about the massive horrors visited on Iraq’s Christian community as a result of the US invasion?”

    1. Are you suggesting that this was the intention of the U.S., or abetted by it in any way?
    2. Are you deliberately neglecting to mention just who perpetrated the anti-Christian acts?
    3. Are you forgetting that the U.S. invasion put a stop to the “massive horrors” visited on the vast majority of Iraqis?

    And since I’m on a question-asking streak: are you also known as “Anne”?

  • http://twitter.com/newclasstraitor New Class Traitor

    #2 yes, some people must be more equal than others, because somehow when Arabs butcher fellow Arabs, or Kurds (google “Chemical Ali”), or… in job lots it gets a yawn from the same people that scream about collateral damage from Israel defending itself or the US deposing the Butcher of Baghdad.

    This act is getting tiresome.

  • gringojay

    Ray Charles sang:
    “The world is in an uproar. The danger zone is everywhere.”

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