Links to Start Your Week 6/30/13

As I mentioned earlier this week, I spent Tuesday night camped out on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court in order to hear the justices read the decisions on the gay marriage cases. And there is an international bent to one of the cases, DOMA, which affects federal benefits for married couples. Its overturn, announced Wednesday morning, means that same-sex couples will have the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. So that’s pretty sweet.

A year after Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt (in the wake of the Arab Spring protests,) a new wave of demonstrations is calling for his ouster. Protesters cite political repression, poverty, and continued high inflation rates as a source of grievances. Some have even spoken out hoping for a military coup, as they believe that is the only to remove Morsi from office other than a civil war.

Meanwhile in Russia, Edward Snowden remains in the international section of the airport. The U.S. has revoked his passport, and Ecuador, where he apparently hoped to gain asylum, has said that he is in Russia’s hands. Eduador’s president, Rafael Correa, seems to have pulled back slightly in his offers of support for Snowden following a call from U.S. vice president Joe Biden.

On the subject of major leaks: James Cartwright, once known as “Obama’s favorite general,” is being investigated by the Justice Department over suspicions that he leaked information to the press about the Stuxnet virus, which was used to attack Iran’s nuclear program. This article gives a bit of a profile of the man, who served for several years as the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and examines claims that the leak damaged national security (spoiler alert: it looks like it didn’t).

3 Comments Add yours

  1. pershanti says:

    What’s your take on Putin’s insistence that Snowden “not harm” America anymore?

    1. lmuth7590 says:

      Really good question. I’ve been pondering, and I think this article might actually be a good answer:
      I think on the one hand, he doesn’t want to create too much friction with the U.S. while they’re negotiating on other topics, like how to deal with Syria, but on the other, he doesn’t want to let go of a possibility to embarrass the U.S. and sort of undermine our view of ourselves as having the moral high ground when we criticize them.

      1. pershanti says:

        Ah. I figured it was something like that. He’s smart, he knows making blanket statements about how awful the US is just galvanizes his opponents.

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