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Posts Tagged ‘Hosni Mubarak’

Bill Bratton Spreads International Sanity on Police Social Media Shutdowns

One of the most interesting things about Bill Bratton going to London to advise the British government on policing their post-riot societal strife, is that the former LAPD chief now has a huge international media contingent hanging on his every word. He’s now known around the world as the “US Supercop.” Yesterday, he used his Supercop powers for the forces of good. Bratton advised his new international following that shutting down social media in crisis situations is not justifiable–arguing it could hurt “good people.”

From Reuters:

“You have the potential to throw the whole community into even more critical shock,” he told a British parliamentary committee, referring to his own experiences of trying to contact family in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

He said social networking also helped the authorities warn people about where disturbances were occurring, while the police themselves often relied on the likes of Blackberry.

“There’s no denying in policing … that we are attempting to play catch up with (technology’s) impact,” he said.

We would have preferred Bratton to take a more principled stand on social media shutdowns, rather than a pragmatic one. But with the Occupy Wall Street movement spreading, we’re just glad to see America’s preeminent police figure tell the world that Hosni Mubarak-style crackdowns are not an acceptable form of policing.

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LA Stand-Up Gets Ready to Kill in Cairo

Ronnie Khalil (pictured), who launched LA’s annual Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in the fall of 2009, is taking punch line diplomacy to a whole new level.

On July 6th, he will be in Cairo to headline “Freedom of Funny,” billed as the first major stand-up comedy show in Cairo since the revolution. Khalil actually performed several underground shows in the city just a few weeks before the uprisings, and says he has big plans for his upcoming gig at the El Sawy Culture Wheel:

Ronnie will announce his candidacy for “Bresident of Egypt,” a humorous reference to Middle Easterners sometimes confusing English letters. He will also unveil his plan for a “New Egypt…”

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Buffalo Beast Pulls Off the Prank of the Century

Holy crap, this is amazing! Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy pulled off one of the greatest gonzo pranks of all-time by calling up union-busting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, pretending to be billionaire and Reason Foundation financial backer David Koch. Walker is notoriously difficult to reach by phone, but he picked up right away for the Libertarian ubermensch Koch/Walker, and outlined his rather nefarious plan to bust the Wisconsin public employees union.

Murphy kept the ruse up for 20 minutes. Which is just unprecedented really. This Fishie couldn’t keep up a phony phone call to a dry cleaner for 20 minutes, let alone the most talked about governor in the nation.

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CBS Correspondent Lara Logan Brutally Assaulted in Egypt *

Horrific news. A CBS reporter was physically beaten and sexually assaulted on Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square following the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the story in Egypt for “60 Minutes” when her team was surrounded by a mob. From the CBS release:

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

Logan is one of dozens of journalists attacked during the protests in Egypt. Our hearts go out to her, and any other women assaulted by opportunistic rapists during the chaos. Mubarak may be gone, but there is still plenty to protest.

*CORRECTION: Yesterday I reported that Logan had been raped. The CBS statement made no mention of rape. I made an irresponsible assumption while reporting on an emotional issue, and I apologize for spreading misinformation. The post has been amended to reflect the known facts.