As always, please go to the links for the full articles/op eds.
David Rothkopf remembers Madeleine Albright:
I remember recounting to her my unease the first few times I found
myself in the Situation Room during my time in the Clinton
Administration; telling her how out of place I felt. She responded, “Let
me tell you something, everyone in that room has impostor’s syndrome.
We all think we don’t belong. We all remember who we were in high school
and wonder how we got to where we are now.”
It was a great leveler. It was also the kindest and most helpful thing she could have said.
of course, I knew when she said it that she was anything but an
impostor. She was one of those rare leaders who are set apart not just
by their hard work or public achievements, but by their humanity.
those who knew her, that is undoubtedly why she will be most missed.
But for those who did not, it is also why her actions—as a diplomat, a
teacher, a champion of women—will resonate with so many for so very
long. She had the strength to translate compassion, decency, and values
into action. In a moment as fraught as our current one, we can only hope
fate sends our way more leaders like her.
We can hope, but...
Will Bunch discusses the Supreme Court's ongoing legitimacy crisis, heightened by the Ginni Thomas- Mark Meadows cuckoo coup texts:
There was an endless stream of chatter on social media this weekend
about the Ginni Thomas file, yet folks had a hard time pinning a name on
the great angst they were feeling. I’ll take a stab at it. The majority
of Americans — the people who gave more votes to Hillary Clinton in
2016 and even more to Biden in 2020 and put the Democrats back in
nominal control of Congress — are still, despite those victories,
watching the car careen off the cliff, and we are unable to find the
brakes. There seems to be no way or no will to hold our staggeringly
corrupt leaders accountable — whether it’s Trump
defrauding the banks or plotting an attempted coup from the Oval
Office, or a Supreme Court justice ruling on his wife’s bat-guano crazy
political crusade. And there’s seemingly no way to stop the crazy, like
QAnon, from getting crazier. I’m in a total funk over the state of the
union, and when I wrote that on Twitter hundreds of people agreed with me. [snip]
It felt fitting that the high court’s legitimacy crisis was reaching a
crescendo right in the middle of the fraught confirmation for a new
justice, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Her ascension — likely to occur on
close to a straight party-line vote — could have been a reaffirming
moment, with KBJ bringing experience, a sharp legal mind,
and, most important, new perspectives as a former public defender and
as the first Black woman in Supreme Court history. Instead, the hearings
were a tawdry showcase for Republican senators to spout some of the same QAnon-flavored nonsense
that seems to have poisoned Ginni Thomas’ brain — and a reminder of how
a toxic right-wing movement has been slowly infecting our justice
system for decades.
A good read, as usual.
Margaret Sullivan explains how, even after Putin shut down Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's operation in Russia, it only increased the level of traffic to the private non- profit's other outlets:
the first three weeks after the invasion, page views from Russia to
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sites skyrocketed to 26 million, more
than 50 percent more than an earlier corresponding period. Video views
from Russia to their YouTube channels more than tripled to 237 million.
And this was happening despite sites being blocked within Russia.
the Kremlin pressure, people are still hungry for the truth,” Fly told
me. “To some extent, they see through the propaganda, and they want to
explore broader sources of information.”
and his colleagues are particularly proud of the on-the-ground
reporting in Ukraine, such as a March 10 video headlined “Ukrainian
Troops Attempt to Drive Russian Forces from Village Near Kyiv.” There
have been thorough reports about civilian deaths in Mariupol and about
mortar fire directed at Ukrainian interior minister and journalists.
listeners and viewers are getting around Russia’s media barricades
through the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) and “mirror sites”
that duplicate content but use a different URL.
Putin's attempts to turn Russia into a hermetically sealed North Korea are doing about as well as his army in Ukraine so far.
El Salvador's 40-year-old presidential bro is getting ready to crash his country's economy:
The president of El Salvador is making a huge bet on bitcoin with his
country's treasury. President Nayib Bukele is hoping to launch
bitcoin-backed bonds to raise $1 billion for the country.
Bukele wants to
raise the funds through international cryptocurrency traders, and to
avoid his critics in the United States, including at the International
Last year, Bukele got El Salvador to become the first nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, right alongside the national currency, the U.S. dollar.
bitcoin bond launch would mark another first of its kind. But while
these moves are welcomed by crypto enthusiasts, they've raised concerns
among detractors of the popular, unregulated asset market.
Salvador's finance minister had announced the launch would happen in
mid-March, but on Tuesday, he said it was postponed because of Russia's
war in Ukraine and cryptocurrency volatility, Reuters reported.
What could possibly go wrong?
Finally, we recommend a visit to Infidel 753's link round-up for a collection of links to some of the most interesting posts from around the Internet. You likely won't agree with every point of view, but the scope of what he does every week is impressive. Also, he has another good summation of "Putin's failed war" this week.