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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, February 04, 2011
* Steven Hurst of the Associated Press provides some background on the moral conundrum the U.S. has faced in Egypt.
* Helene Cooper argues (poorly, I think) in the New York Times that American political rhetoric towards Egypt might not have helped.
* The Times details the process by which Obama urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to declare he would not run for re-election in September.
* Just how large is the religious right in Egypt? Two political scientists give their answer.
* Shadi Hamid clears up some misconceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood, and discusses how the U.S. can handle the Brotherhood's potentially increased role in a democracy in Egypt.
* Reza Aslan reflects on hypocritical remarks of religious American politicians regarding the Brotherhood, and discusses Egyptian democracy.
* Mike Huckabee and other friendly faces at FOX News are questioning whether Obama acted hastily.
* And many Israelis are angered by Obama's handling of the situation.
* Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stated that Mubarak is "immensely courageous, and a force for good," and that the West should support him.