It’s remarkable that the Egyptian military manages to avoid making headlines today in the New York Times, considering their role in the events being covered. Instead, the NYT makes the victims of violence the subject of every sentence, suggesting that they are the ones to blame for their own suffering.
The Grey Lady has a deep rhetorical toolkit she draws on to blame the powerless for their own deaths at the hands of the powerful, but the enduring favorite is “killed in clashes” (examples). Rarely would US “forces” be killed in “clashes,” but if they do there will always another party specified, usually “militants.” It’s the special domain of the disenfranchised to die the spontaneous self-clash.
See also: crackdowns, strongholds, rifts.
The Associated Press will not be outdone, fully blames the entire thing on the protestors:
Egypt army chief: New clashes won’t be tolerated
More than 800 people have been killed nationwide since Wednesday’s dismantling of two encampments of Morsi supporters in Cairo — an act that sparked fierce clashes. Some 70 police officers were killed in clashes with protesters or retaliatory attacks during the same period, according to the Interior Ministry.
Update 2 8/18
I must give credit where due. While ABC Australia reports that a Prison break in Egypt leaves almost 40 dead, the NYTimes reports the same story with the much-saner headline Egypt Security Kills 36 Islamists Held in Its Custody.
Back in 2002, less than a month after Lolita 1, Mark and I were back in the studio (apartment) making a followup mix for our monthly DJ sets at the Lower East Side bar of the same name. Features Lolita’s own Ken Griffin.
Ken Griffin: Kill a Billionaire
Josh & Wonderboy: Lolita 2 (ZIP, 98m)
- Teenage Fanclub: Radio
- Sahara Hotnights: Impressed by Me
- The Come Ons: Rip Her to Shreds
- The Dandy Warhols: Bohemian Like You
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Miles Away
- T. Rex: Rock On
- OK Go: You’re So Damn Hot
- Electric Soft Parade: Empty at the End
- Clinic: Walking with Thee
- Nick Lowe: I Love My Label
- Spoon: Something to Look Forward To
- Ken Griffin: Kill a Billionaire
- Grandaddy: Crystal Lake
- Beck: Lost Cause
- Imperial Teen: Million $ Man
- Wilco: How to Fight Loneliness
Mark Shikuma, current music director and DJ at KHSU, formerly of dynamic DJ duo Josh & Wonderboy, introduced me to Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Mark interviewed Ms. Ford back in March about her new album, and, through the magic of recording, here’s that interview.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside: Lip Boy
Definitely check out the video for Party Kids, also from this record.
After seeing the Taj Majal in Agra I got an overnight train to Varanasi. This was 4/20. The plan was to hang out for a few days and then catch a flight from there to Kathmandu, but I got an email on the train telling me I had to be back in NY for a work thing by 5/1. So I just spent one day in Varanasi.
Still, it was a great way to spend a day. I met a cool guy named Xavier on the train, and we spent most of the day on the ghats, or looking for (and finally finding) the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.