Hi. Today’s LATimesExtra has a fine obit tribute to Hazel Dickens, but makes the common error
of calling her a
great tradition. Bill Monroe created bluegrass, in the 1940’s, transforming the music,, training
most of it’s original stars, wrote many great songs and was the most dynamic, imposing performer
I’ve ever seen. Both Bill and Hazel knew and respected the difference, Bill often saying it, on stage.
Here’s a wonderful Youtube performance sent me from: Genise Schnitman [email@example.com]
sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 7:16 PM, the day of Hazel’s passing.
Subject: "Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer From the Song"
Rest in peace.
In Shift, Egypt Warms to Iran and Hamas, Israel’s Foes
David D. Kirkpatrick
NY Times: April 29, 2011
CAIRO — Egypt is charting a new course in its foreign policy that has already begun shaking up the established order in the Middle East, planning to open the blockaded border with Gaza and normalizing relations with two of Israel and the West’s Islamist foes, Hamas and Iran.
Egyptian officials, emboldened by the revolution and with an eye on coming elections, say that they are moving toward policies that more accurately reflect public opinion. In the process they are seeking to reclaim the influence over the region that waned as their country became a predictable ally of Washington and the Israelis in the years since the 1979 peace treaty with
The first major display of this new tack was the deal
“These developments could have strategic implications on
Balancing its new independence against its old allegiances,
But she said that the blockade of the border with
At the same time, she said,
“All the world has diplomatic relations with
Several former diplomats and analysts said that by staking out a more independent path,
If Egypt believes Israel’s refusal to halt settlements in the West Bank is the obstacle to peace, for example, then “cooperating with the Israelis by closing the border to Gaza did not make sense, as much as one may differ with what Hamas has done,” argued Nabil Fahmy, dean of the public affairs school at the American University in Cairo and a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States.
Many Egyptian analysts, including some former officials and diplomats who served under then-President Hosni Mubarak, say they are thrilled with the shift. “This is the new feeling in
Mahmoud Shokry, a former Egyptian ambassador to
In the case of
The deal between the Palestinian factions capitalized on the forces unleashed around the region by
For the first time in years of talks the Hamas leaders were invited to the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead of merely meeting at a hotel or the intelligence agency — a signal that Egypt was now prepared to treat Hamas as a diplomatic partner rather than a security risk.
They also met with
“When I was invited to the meeting in the Foreign Ministry, that was something different, and this is what the agreement grew out of,” said Taher Nounou of Hamas. “We definitely felt that there was more openness from the new Egyptian leadership.” Foreign Minister Nabil el-Araby told the Palestinians that “he doesn’t want to talk about the ‘peace process’ any more, he wants to talk about the peace,” Ambassador Bakhoum said.
She said the Egyptian government was still studying how to open the border with
Mona El-Naggar contributed reporting.