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VIDEO – CHRIS MATTHEWS ON OBAMA – IS THE THRILL GONE?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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WILL CUBA BE THE NEXT EGYPT?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • FEBRUARY 7, 2011

The most striking difference between the two countries is Internet access.

  • By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY

Developments in Egypt over the last two weeks brought Cuba to my mind. Why does a similar rebellion against five decades of repression there still appear to be a far-off dream? Part of the answer is in the relationship between the Castro brothers—Fidel and Raúl—and the generals. The rest is explained by the regime’s significantly more repressive model. In the art of dictatorship, Hosni Mubarak is a piker.

That so many Egyptians have raised their voices in Tahrir Square is a testament to the universal human yearning for liberty. But it is a mistake to ignore the pivotal role of the military. I’d wager that when the history of the uprising is written, we will learn that Egypt’s top brass did not approve of the old man’s succession plan to anoint his son in the next election.

Castro has bought loyalty from the secret police and military by giving them control of the three most profitable sectors of the economy—retail, travel and services. Hundreds of millions of dollars flow to them every year. If the system collapses, so does that income. Of course the Egyptian military also owns businesses. But it doesn’t depend on a purely state-owned economy. And as a recipient of significant U.S. aid and training for many years, the Egyptian military has cultivated a culture of professionalism and commitment to the nation over any single individual.

Cuban President Raúl Castro

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STABILITY’S END

Friday, February 4th, 2011
  • The Wall Street Journal
    • FEBRUARY 3, 2011

    Technologies with goofy names like Twitter and Facebook are replacing political stability with a state of permanent instability.

    • By DANIEL HENNINGER

    • ‘Stability” has been the goal of civilized foreign policy since the dawn of the Cold War and arguably since the Congress of Vienna, which posited a framework for international relations in 1815. Stability, whose virtues are many, has had a worthy run. It’s done.
    Stability is done as we have known it, at least until political leadership evolves a better understanding than they have shown during the events in Egypt of the permanently unstable world they’ve tumbled into. The man who pitched the curators of national stability into their current shocked state—evident this week in the streets of Cairo and before that in the capital of Tunisia and before that in the U.S.’s November elections—is William Shockley.

    Editorial Board Member Matt Kaminski on the anti-Mubarak revolt

    Shockley, a physicist, co- invented the transistor. The transistor replaced the vacuum tube as the central component of all electronic devices. The transistor enabled Twitter, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, an ocean of apps and the unending storm of information that blows all of us, including politicians, here and there like leaves. Why would anyone think it possible in such a world for a Hosni Mubarak to maintain stability with the methods he’s used since 1981?

    The point here is not to argue again that information and communication technology (ICT) has caused another colorful “revolution.” Nor is it to overstate the power of these technologies to enable democratic reform.

    My point is merely to describe what is going on in front of our faces: This new, exponentially expanding world of information technologies is now creating permanent instability inside formerly stable political arrangements.

    This stuff disrupts everything it touches. It overturned the entire music industry, and now it is doing the same to established political systems. (more…)

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    NORTH CAROLINA GOP LEADS CHARGE IN SOCIAL MEDIA

    Thursday, September 30th, 2010
    The following information was provided by Paul Stam, North Carolina House Republican Leader
    GOP Leads Charge in Social Media

    As House Republican Leader it is my responsibility to make sure that our
    legislative
    priorities are communicated effectively to our candidates, the Republican
    Party
    and to the people of North Carolina.
    Below are a few articles that show how Republicans in the House and Senate
    are using
    social media such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate our message and
    what that
    might mean for election day. (more…)
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