Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Arab Spring Began One Year Ago

By John Ballard

It was December 17 last year that Muhammad Buazizi, Tunisian street vendor, set himself afire. That event marked the beginning of what has now been termed the Arab Spring. At this writing the echoes of that movement have resounded around the world, including variants in the US, Russia and even China. I want to say something wise and insightful but words fail me. The hard work of following up seems just to have begun. The last few days have seen the return of a savage crackdown in Egypt by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) as the same young revolutionaries resume their principled fight. 

This Twitter message and picture are worth a thousand words. 

Really sad that Egyptian protesters have
to write their phone numbers in their
clothes on case they die


From half a world away I am in awe as I watch what these young people are doing

Ben Wedeman is a CNN reporter on the scene in Egypt.
He says "Cairo death toll has reached 10. Situation extremely disturbing. Army seems incapable of doing anything but beating and killing."

This link from The Atlantic with video and other pictures shows what is happening.

1 comment:

  1. Awe is exactly the right word. Hard to believe its been a whole year already, and still too soon to know what the overall effects are going to be, but yes, awe at the courage shown in the streets is the right way to describe my reaction.