What if the problem is elections, not democracy -- because elections aren't all there is to democracy. That may be hard to absorb, since we tend to equate them.
There are no words for the horror that took place in Port Said, Egypt. A soccer match became a killing field, with at least 74 spectators dead, and as many as 1,000 injured.
Recently, I have been spending my nights glued to the computer monitor instead of sleeping -- literally fighting off sleep -- watching the Egyptian uprising online.
What may have been unique this past year was a collapse of the conventional fountains of authority and respect. In the Arab world that meant governments. But in the West, it meant big business.
Like it or not, the global meltdown has put us at the end of an era -- and only invention will bring a better one to life.
The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict.
Discarnate is my fave among the many terms slung by Marshall McLuhan, who'd have turned 100 yesterday. It means, Philip Marchand wrote here, "almost literally bodiless."
We're talking revolution in Egypt, and pessimism and optimism are duking it out. For a couple of hours, a hotel meeting room in Beirut is the forum for a handful of Egypt's human rights luminaries.
The uprisings in the Middle East have shaken some of the prejudices against Arabs and led Westerners to see people in the Muslim countries of the Middle East as simply people struggling for justice.
Those who follow the international news will know that the nutcase pastor down in Florida burned a copy of the Koran. One cannot help but wonder at the stupidity of all of this.