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July 3, 2012

On the home news front

erniesmith:

Fans of announcements, this post is for you.

After three and a half years hanging my hat at the Washington Post Express, I’ve decided to make a move to TMG Custom Media, where I’ll be doing some really cool social media/curation work for one of their upcoming publications. It’s gonna be fun.

Had a lot of fun at Express — and made a lot of great friends. (And to the bemusement of Adam Sapiro, made a lot of bad puns.) Newspapers have been good to me over the past eight years. But it feels like a good time to head in a different direction. I start in a few weeks.

And yes, ShortFormBlog is staying put. Trust me. :)

You read it here first. Thanks to everyone that made my time at Express awesome. *end scene*

To be clear, SFB’s staying put. Posting may follow a different schedule in a few weeks, but figured it was worth letting you guys know. If we do this right, you won’t even notice. *magic* — Ernie @ SFB

18:45 // 2 years ago
June 16, 2011
It’s official: Ayman al-Zawahiri is al-Qaeda’s new leader: There was speculation that Saif al-Adel would get the job instead. Guess not. We’re betting this eulogy for the slain Bin Laden probably had something to do with it. source Follow ShortFormBlog

It’s official: Ayman al-Zawahiri is al-Qaeda’s new leader: There was speculation that Saif al-Adel would get the job instead. Guess not. We’re betting this eulogy for the slain Bin Laden probably had something to do with it. source

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10:34 // 3 years ago
June 4, 2011
BREAKING: Ali Abdullah Saleh replaced by acting president: Well … it appears the Arab Spring may have caused a third Middle East leader to lose power, though we’ll see what “acting” means as more details become clear. More details on Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as we get them. Saleh was severely wounded during a raid of his mansion and is currently in Saudi Arabia.

BREAKING: Ali Abdullah Saleh replaced by acting president: Well … it appears the Arab Spring may have caused a third Middle East leader to lose power, though we’ll see what “acting” means as more details become clear. More details on Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as we get them. Saleh was severely wounded during a raid of his mansion and is currently in Saudi Arabia.

19:03 // 3 years ago
May 18, 2011

Reported al-Qaeda leadership change suggests a major rift

  • appointment According to many independent but unconfirmed reports, al-Qaeda’s new interim leader is Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian militant wanted in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in 1998 — al-Qaeda’s best-known attacks before 9/11.
  • slight If this is the case, it would be a major slight for Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s longtime right-hand man. Both men, however, are longtime senior members of the group, and a permanent change in structure is still forthcoming. source
10:17 // 3 years ago
April 5, 2011
11:00 // 3 years ago
February 11, 2011

BREAKING: Hosni Mubarak steps down as Egyptian president

  • yesterday In a defiant speech, Hosni Mubarak made it clear that he was in fact not stepping down from his perch as Egyptian leader.
  • today Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak just stepped down today. Guess that wasn’t so true, huh? source
11:10 // 3 years ago
February 10, 2011
Mubarak’s speech made Obama, Leon Panetta look like fools: Uh-oh, someone bought into the narrative. (At a speech in Michigan, Obama suggested Egypt’s transition was imminent. Panetta did the same earlier in the day.) But so did everyone else. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Mubarak’s speech made Obama, Leon Panetta look like fools: Uh-oh, someone bought into the narrative. (At a speech in Michigan, Obama suggested Egypt’s transition was imminent. Panetta did the same earlier in the day.) But so did everyone else. source

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21:37 // 3 years ago

Roundup: Reports confirming Mubarak’s possible departure

  • BBC Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told BBC Arabic that the possibility of Hosni Mubarak’s departure was being discussed, without giving a timetable.
  • Ch. 4 Reporter Lindsey Hilsum says that she got word from Hossam Badrawy, the new leader of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, that he could be out tonight.
  • NBC The network says that they got confirmation that he is leaving from a source inside the presidential office, then confirmed it with another source. Hmm. source

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10:46 // 3 years ago
Protesters get their wish? Hosni Mubarak may leave office tonight: A Channel 4 reporter who spoke to National Democratic Party secretary-general Hossam Badrawy says that Mubarak could be out as soon as today. Whoa, this is big. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Protesters get their wish? Hosni Mubarak may leave office tonight: A Channel 4 reporter who spoke to National Democratic Party secretary-general Hossam Badrawy says that Mubarak could be out as soon as today. Whoa, this is big. source

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10:21 // 3 years ago
February 5, 2011

How the U.S. hopes to shape Egypt’s transition from Mubarak

  • before Despite growing protests, the U.S. publicly showed in the past that it favored Hosni Mubarak to stay as Egyptian President.
  • now With growing pressure, Mubarak has possibly stepped down as his party’s leader*, but keeps his position as president, which the U.S. supports.
  • later The U.S. hopes to push for Omar Suleiman’s rise to power as part of a gradual transition, led by Suleiman, leading up to an election. source

» Update: There are conflicting reports on whether he actually stepped down from his party or not. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

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11:34 // 3 years ago