The Invention Of The Brazilian Aardvark

by Tracy R. Walsh Eric Randall shares the story of a high-schooler whose joking edit to Wikipedia became an established truth: In July of 2008, Dylan Breves, then a 17-year-old student from New York City, made a mundane edit to a Wikipedia entry on the coati. The coati, a member of the raccoon family, is “also known as … … Continue reading The Invention Of The Brazilian Aardvark

Ouagadoucoup d’Etat

Burkina Faso protests continue after army chief took power – opposition calls for civil rule http://t.co/9mCthlEV9e pic.twitter.com/9euG0gfjaM — Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) October 31, 2014 Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré, stepped down today after 27 years in power, in the face of widespread protests – and the ablaze of parliament – against his plans to change the constitution and … Continue reading Ouagadoucoup d’Etat

Obama’s Open-Ended, Reckless, ISIS Gamble

Ahead of the president’s major address tonight, word has leaked that Obama is considering airstrikes in Syria as part of the military operation against ISIS: President Obama is prepared to use U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of an expanded campaign to defeat the Islamic State and does not believe he needs formal congressional approval to take that action, according to people … Continue reading Obama’s Open-Ended, Reckless, ISIS Gamble

Meanwhile, In Mosul – Holy Shit!

State of Emergency in Iraq: #Mosul under ISIL attack. http://t.co/nAyc4PA4KB pic.twitter.com/fmOgw31xei — Worldbulletin (@worldbulletin) June 10, 2014 ISIS is no longer a state in name only. @DouglasOllivant @brianfishman #mosul http://t.co/M4tqIKEMDi pic.twitter.com/WsLbWfARXW — New America (@NewAmerica) June 10, 2014 State Dept. calls events in Mosul, Iraq "extremely serious,” says U.S. will provide “all appropriate assistance” to push … Continue reading Meanwhile, In Mosul – Holy Shit!

Ceasing Fire

CEASEFIRE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL AGREED -PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL WITH KNOWLEDGE OF TALKS Egypt PM announces ceasefire will go into effect at 2100 Cairo time standing alongside Hilary Clinton. Al Jazeera reports: Israeli sources said Israel had agreed to the truce but would not lift its blockade on the Palestinian territory, a condition earlier set by Hamas. Al Jazeera’s Peter Greste, reporting from Cairo, stressed that “the devil is in the details” of the agreement. “It will be the details that will determine whether this is just a pause in hostilities … or something that leads to a lasting solution,” he said, adding that Egypt had played an “absolutely crucial” role in sealing the deal. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to “give a chance” to the ceasefire, a statement from his office said. A tweet reax: Hillary should get the Nobel Prize for negotiating ceasefire between Bibi and Barak.

The Foreign Policy Debate: Tweet Reax

The Obama stare twitter.com/michaelhayes/s… — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 23, 2012 No event in the history of Boca Raton has started later than this debate. — Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 23, 2012 All I ask is that the #debate not become an argument about whether Obama should have a bust of Churchill in his office. … Continue reading The Foreign Policy Debate: Tweet Reax

The Town-Hall Debate: Tweet Reax

This picture is so important. twitter.com/nemoran3/statu… — Nick Moran (@nemoran3) October 17, 2012 It seems as if Obama has decided to fight. — Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 17, 2012 Obama’s killing it so far tonight, and Mitt’s getting pissy. — Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) October 17, 2012 RT @thegarance: Whoa. Aggressive move from Romney. — Nick … Continue reading The Town-Hall Debate: Tweet Reax

The Veep Debate: Tweet Reax

I think this photo sort of defines the debate. (Getty) twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew… — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) October 12, 2012 Are you ready for some BIDEN! It’s Biden night in America. #vpdebate — Eli Lake (@EliLake) October 12, 2012 Biden: “Not a single thing he said was accurate.” #malarky #VPdebate — Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 12, 2012 … Continue reading The Veep Debate: Tweet Reax

“Arab Spring Fatigue”

Mustafa Abu Shagur elected Libya’s new PM by one vote. Don’t lose sight of Libya’s amazing progress amidst today’s tragedy. — Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) September 12, 2012 Michael Brendan Dougherty uses the recent violence to condemn the Arab Spring. Shadi Hamid rejects this view:  The easy response, for Americans suffering from Arab Spring fatigue, would be … Continue reading “Arab Spring Fatigue”