Politics

Ail to the Chief: 20 CEOs and State Heads Gone in 2010-11

Updated – It’s a bad time to be in charge. Lots of major companies have dropped CEOs for unpleasant causes in 2010-11:

Company Person Why They’re Gone
Apple Steve Jobs http://zeke.ws/ogcSIO
BP Tony Hayward http://zeke.ws/mUhrNd
Google Eric Schmidt http://zeke.ws/p2N5TL
HP Mark Hurd http://zeke.ws/pYoID5
Léo Apotheker http://zeke.ws/n3vsbI
Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo http://zeke.ws/rgtWOI
T-Mobile USA Robert Dotson http://zeke.ws/oeozcx
Yahoo! Carol Bartz http://zeke.ws/rdzRGI

Very strange to see the “who’s-who” list of tech – Apple, HP, Google, Nokia, Yahoo! – shaking up their leadership in the same short period.

…But then again, I’d probably rather be a fired CEO than one of the heads of state or government who either resigned or lost their posts amidst human rights outcries and widespread economic instability in 2010-11:  

Country Person Position Why They’re Gone
Chile Michelle Bachelet President http://zeke.ws/psUwPU
Egypt Hosni Mubarak President http://zeke.ws/nuiJ40
Ireland Brian Cowen Taoiseach http://zeke.ws/oT607A
Japan Naoto Kan Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/pmcECv
Jordan Samir Rifai Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/nIW8Bu
Libya Muammar Gaddafi Dictator http://zeke.ws/qulhTp
South Korea Chung Un-chan Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/oodoP1
Syria Muhammad Naji al-Otari Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/qEuFD8
Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/nUfYnT
Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali President http://zeke.ws/oDskWY
United Kingdom Gordon Brown Prime Minister http://zeke.ws/pu9lyQ
United States Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House http://zeke.ws/pHUUQv
Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh President http://zeke.ws/pXyBf4
I find this self-selected list pretty staggering as-is. Feel free to let me know if I missed anyone important…

NY Licenses Unready for Gay Marriage: “You’re Making Me the Bride?”

Designers of forms must often consider a diverse range of possibilities to cover everyone that might need to fill the form out, especially when it comes down to issues of identity. I’ve been party to quite a few conversations of how or whether to prompt for one’s gender pronoun (Sex, Gender, or “I identify myself with the pronoun _____?” Male, Female, other, none?)

You're finally getting equal treatment, but you still have to decide on a bride.

Today there was a pretty funny case of an antiquated form suddenly being a major problem: New York City’s online marriage license application was built to track a bride and groom, but since the state legalized gay marriage, it suddenly forced same-sex spouses to identify which partner was “bride” and “groom.” To the city’s credit, they managed to change the field to suit everyone with “Bride/Groom/Spouse A” and “Bride/Groom/Spouse B” in the same day, so it wasn’t so much harmful as a good example of how data should be formatted in a matter that will address all its suppliers both today and in the future.

(That said, they still have to bicker over whom is Spouse “A” and Spouse “B.”)

The city clerk’s online forms offered only the choice of “bride” and “groom.” Mr. Kaplan, 50, a vice president of the Stonewall Democrats, and his partner of six years, Anthony Cipriano, 43, were puzzled, but also amused.

“He said, ‘You’re making me the bride?’ ” Mr. Kaplan recalled. “It was confusing on many levels.”

Seeking Marriage Licenses, Gay Couples Hit Roadblock – NYTimes.com

 

George W. Bush pulled out of an appearance in Denver scheduled for tomorrow upon learning that WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange had been invited to appear at the same conference via video.

I wonder if this policy would apply to those who ran his torture program. Or those who ran his program of extraconstitutional kidnappings. Or all the politicians that tore constitutional rights apart with the PATRIOT and FISA acts.

Aggregating reports on protests in Egypt and other Arab Nations

The recent uprisings in Arab nations are pretty fascinating. I’m trying not to annoy everyone by writing incessantly about it, but for those who actually are interested, I recommend two sources for following these events as they unfold:

First is my “jan25 reports” Twitter list– Egypt’s government has essentially turned off the Internet, cell phone networks, and phone lines to most of the country, but reports are still managing to get out. This feed includes eyewitness reports and outsiders actively sharing relevant material from others.

Second  – and possibly a little lower volume and higher in significance – is Al Jazeera English’s Anger in Egypt spotlight page, updated with their newsroom’s latest.

Please let me know in the comments section if you have any recommendations for other Twitter accounts of those reporting from the protests, as I’d like to improve my own list and share it with anyone who might follow.

Update: Duncan Wane recommends The Guardian’s Live News Stream of the events.