Sunday, February 27, 2011

Essay by Israel's Tzipi Livni, Washington Post

A good essay, about the continuing dramatic developments in the Middle East, from the 2/23/11 Washington Post.  Tzipi Livni is the leader of Israel's Kadima party.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A follow-up, concerning Lara Logan

On February 16th, The New York Post reported the following, concerning the February 11th attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt's Tahrir Square, as she covered the resignation of Hosni Mubarak:

"60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, "Jew! Jew!" as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.

Logan, for the record, is not Jewish.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Wishing the best, to Lara Logan

Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News, and a correspondent for 60 Minutes , is a fine—and courageous—reporter. She has for years reported regularly from war zones (such as, in Iraq and Afghanistan).

Today’s news story, concerning the Friday attack on her in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, while she covered the story of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation for 60 Minutes, is indeed very distressing.

From the CBS News statement: “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.”

Logan is recuperating in a U.S. hospital. As the Huffington Post story below notes, Katie Couric, the anchor of The CBS Evening News, says that Logan is "recovering well.”

In an on-line column on Tuesday, Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post wrote the following:

“It took great courage for [Logan] to make this story public, and I wish her a speedy recovery.”

On February 3rd, eight days before she was assaulted, Logan and her crew had been detained by the Egyptian army, and she had described the severe treatment to which she and the crew had been subjected. Her description of the detention appears as part of the following report: