Selected Reading

December 27, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Misc. | 5 Comments
  • What to make of the situation in Gaza, other than a lot of hand-wringing and exasperation? Well, there are some noteworthy initial reactions courtesy of Foreign Policy Watch, Noah Pollak, Shmuel Rosner, Abu Aardvark, M.J. Rosenburg and Matthew Yglesias.
  • In other “how can we make 2009 even worse than 2008?” news: “Pakistan readies for war with India
  • Looks like Caroline Kennedy may have some competition for that Senate seat, though her challenger – who does possess such trivial attributes as experience and a progressive track record – doesn’t have a glitzy surname. Which means he’s doomed, obviously. Meanwhile, Steve Clemons accidentally (and unintentionally) insults us limeys by suggesting Obama appoint her the next British ambassador. Would someone remind me what experience she has for that job?
  • Joseph Romm explains how you can stimulate an economy with green buildings.
  • At The Curvature, Cara continues her quite brilliant feminist analysis of Yoko Ono…
  • …And at Feministe brings us one of the most unintentionally funny videos I’ve watched in ages.
  • Jeremy Sare writes about the case of Priviledge Thulambo and her daughters, who will be deported from Britain on Monday unless the state discovers its humanity.


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  1. Thanks for the link on the Caroline Kennedy item. I think that you have nothing to worry about. Since I suggested that Kennedy be appointed US Ambassador to the UK, Obama’s team won’t send her there….but perhaps they will to Paris. If I had suggested France, they would send her to London. That’s the way it works.

    All the best for the New Year — and really enjoy your commentary.


    Steve Clemons
    The Washington Note

  2. Hari is typically excellent on the situation in Gaza :

  3. Steve,

    Since I suggested that Kennedy be appointed US Ambassador to the UK, Obama’s team won’t send her there….but perhaps they will to Paris

    Then perhaps a thank-you is on order! More seriously, I wouldn’t regard appointing Caroline as UK Ambassador as that big a deal. Even if she were to prove grossly inept (which I doubt), the really important stuff is still handled by the State Department/Foreign Office and the White House/Downing St. Speaking of which, you should expect our PM to try to bask in Obama’s reflected glory every time they’re in the same room.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by and my best wishes for 2009.


  4. Tom,

    Cheers for that, and yeah, it’s a predictably excellent take on the matter. My phone is whacked, otherwise I would’ve given you a festive phone call, but I hope you’re well/have a good new yet and whatnot. Take care mate.

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