✪ Israeli Asks Abbas Not to Step Down - NYTimes.com | What a weird headline: the Israeli in question is the president of Israel, Shimon Peres (aka Skeletor, Evil Lord of Destruction). Not that knowing this makes the whole thing any less weird, although it is telling to see how much the Israelis like Abbas.
✪ Fatah al-Islam Connected to Israeli Elements- Lebanese Security Source Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English) | Really: Fatah al-Islam, connected to the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Americans, the Saudis and now the Israelis. I am beginning to wonder whether it even exists.
✪ The Dark Side of the Bright Side -- In These Times | I love Barbara Ehrenreich's books.
✪ The Associated Press: Islamic critics blast Beyonce on eve of Egypt show | Muslim Brothers attack "nudity concert".
✪ 23 CIA Officers Convicted in Italy, in Abstentia | For extraordinary rendition of Egyptian man.
✪ Middle East Bloggers: The Street Leads Online - Reports - Committee to Protect Journalists | CPJ report on bloggers in MENA, especially the rising use of emprisonment against them: "Individual bloggers face enormous threats; the medium as a whole faces significant challenges. Increasingly, governments are creating new laws to regulate the Internet and amending old ones to encompass online expression. Already authorities are exploiting the isolated nature of bloggers and the lack of institutional protections for online journalists. As the Iranian regime exhibited this year, governments are willing to take severe measures when they perceive a threat to their power."
✪ Holiday sales could launch e-book readers as mass-market must-haves | If you're interested in ebooks, this is a pretty good piece on the state of the industry. Has anyone tried Kindle downloading in Egypt? Is it restricted?
✪ Japanese contractors owed billions by Dubai firms - The National Newspaper | Dubai is a bad debtor.
✪ Waq al-Waq: The Big Question for Saudi Arabia | Who runs Saudi Arabia's Yemen policy?
✪ Obama's Failure in the Middle East | Stephen M. Walt | KA-POW: "I never thought I'd write the following words, but is it possible that Obama's handling of the I-P peace process might actually end up being worse than George Bush's?"
✪ Berman’s Response to Goldstone on House Gaza War-Crimes Resolution « The Washington Independent | The assholes who run Congress reply to Goldstone.
✪ Report: Mossad hacked Syrian computer to uncover nuke site - Haaretz - Israel News | Basic snooping software found super-classified info? Either this is not true or the Syrians are mega-stupid. But since the allegation is that Syria had a secret nuclear research facility, I'll lean towards the former - this was all bullshit from the beginning.
✪ ATTACKERMAN » Somewhere, Khaled Meshal Is Laughing | Obama messed up doubly with Goldstone as well as backing down on settlements. What's a Palestinian leader (any of them outside Hamas) to do?
(AFP) | Cabinet crisis over?
✪ Clinton has 'productive meeting' with Egypt on Mideast peace process - washingtonpost.com | Hosni Mubarak loves nothing more than being made to feel important. Clinton's entire trip to Cairo is about this: "Clinton attributed the apparent softening in Egypt's position as a response to her personal diplomacy, conducted over visits to four capitals in the region over the past five days. "I thought it was a very productive meeting," she told reporters traveling with her after the news conference, adding that it "shows the value of consultation and listening and sharing ideas and hearing the other side and putting forward your views and explaining.""
Links for February 13th through February 15th:
- ei: How Barack Obama learned to love Israel - Ali Abunimah on how Obama wooed AIPAC
- Egypt: Arab Charter for Satellite TV a Major Setback to Press Freedom in Region, Says Article 19 - On recently issued Arab Ministers of Information regulations for satellite TV
- "Six Questions for Darius Rejali, Author of ?Torture and Democracy?" by Scott Horton -
- FT.com / World - Syria arrests prominent dissident - Riad Seif latest Syrian dissident to be arrested after joining "Damascus declaration"
- Palestinian revenge was inevitable - Haaretz - Op-ed by senior Hamas advisor in op-ed, says Abu Mazen can no longer negotiate for Pals
Automatically posted links for January 29th through February 3rd:
- Qatar reports new damage to Gulf undersea cables - Fourth time in a week - I think there's a conspiracy afoot
- Libya Sovereign Wealth Fund to Shun U.S., Ghanem Says - Qadhafi puts his country's money elsewhere
- Ezzedine Choukri: "?? ???? ????? ?? ????? ???? ??? ?" - Rafah episode shows current situation is losing one for all
- The path of centrist political Islam by Khalil Al-Anani - Al-Anani says MB hopeless, Wasat way forward
- Robert Fisk: The curious case of the forged biography - Fisk, hagiographer of Saddam Hussein
- Making a Great Arab City - I like this Rami Khouri piece on Dubai even though I am skeptical, because it praises the tradition of Arab cosmopolitan urbanism
- Arab Media Watch Arab Media Watch > Home - UK outfit combats anti-Arab bias in press
- Hamas explodes a giant hole in Egypt's political cover - Op-ed takes Egypt's hypocrisy on Palestine to task
- It's time to herald the Arabic science that prefigured Darwin and Newton - Faraday prize winner defends historic Arab scholarship
- For sale: West?s deadly nuclear secrets - Whistleblower says top US officials sold nuke secrets to Pakistan (the person is not named in the article, but others say it's Marc Grossman)
- Al-Jazeera Journalist Arrested in Egypt - Howeida Taha arrested, again
- AFP: Egypt censors book fair - Mohammed Choukri, Milan Kundera, Elias Khoury, Hanan al-Sheikh censored from Cairo Book Fair.
Automatically posted links for January 15th through January 19th:
- Comment is free: Out of Egypt - Khaled Diab talks about the wave of Egyptian exile
- Hussein Agha and Robert Malley - Middle East Triangle - Argument for three-way deal between Hamas, Israel and Fatah
- Rantings of a Sandmonkey » Google takes down Kefaya - SM says Google is blocking Kefaya site from its results - to be followed
- PUBLIC OUTCRY OVER TALK OF SUBSIDY REFORM - Detailed business story on subsidies
- Bread, the (subsidized) staff of life in Egypt - International Herald Tribune - Slackman writes on bread subsidies
- Bedouin named consul general to Alexandria - Israeli consul in Alex is Bedouin
- Le Monde.fr : Colère de l'Egypte après l'adoption au Parlement européen d'un texte sur les droits de l'homme - Euro parliament resolution on Egypt rights leads to 27 ambassadors being summoned
- NPR : Egypt Produces Squash Champions - Why does Egypt have 15 out of the top 20 players in the world?
Automatically posted links for January 11th:
- Islam and democracy | The practice?and the theory | Economist.com - Rather flawed piece since it alleges democracy not discussed in Muslim lands
- The Arabs | Between fitna, fawda and the deep blue sea | Economist.com - "IT IS not easy to be an Arab these days"
- George MacDonald Fraser - Economist obituary of Flashman creator
- ACLU: Court Rejects Government?s Attempt to Deport Egyptian to Torture - Egyptian convert successfully claims torture is likely if sent back to Egypt
- House Leaders Vow Tough Stance on Iran - Tom Lantos potential successors just as gung-ho on Israel
- Torture In Egypt: The Nadeem Center?s Report at 3arabawy - Hossam has torture report available for download
- Egypt names site of first nuclear reactor - It's Dabaa, whatever the real estate speculators wanted!
- CIA: We said back in 1974 that Israel had nuclear weapons - But in Seymour Hersh's "Samson Option" it's clear the US knew, but did not want to hear, in late 1960s
- 25 Simply Amazing Mosques - List includes many modern mosques, but what about Hassan II in Casablanca?
- Threat To Cut U.S. Aid Opens Rift With Egypt - Forward looks at Egypt's accusations at Israel lobby
Automatically posted links for January 9th through January 10th:
- ??????? ???? ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ?«?????» ??????? - Egypt cuts subsidies on food oils, etc.
- 151,000 civilians killed since Iraq invasion - WHO, Iraq Gov says revises death tool (1/4 that of Lancet)
- Has the Era of Cheap Oil and Food Prices Ended? - Walid Khadduri addresses top question in many Arabs' minds
- Can the Middle East sustain democracy? Middle East Strategy at Harvard - Debate on Arab democracy - Alterman, Dunne, Carpenter, etc. in comments
- La rééducation des terroristes d'Arabie saoudite - Jihadi re-education: to do jihad, make sure the Saudi Gov says it's OK
- US candidates are vague on Middle East democracy - Steven Cook examines -- Edwards has most concrete plans
- Jacob?s Jottings: The Case of Fouad Ajami The National Interest - Another Ajami takedown, this time on his newfound Huntingtonism
- Rehabilitating Libya - International Herald Tribune - Op-ed reminds of Libya's nastiness -- or does it not count when victims are not Western?
- Democracy: inevitable no more - M. Albright on democracy, but she was never a supporter of Arab democracy
- Saudi Calls on Sarkozy to Visit Alone - After some in Egypt were outraged by Sarko's new girlfriend, Saudi draws the line
Automatically posted links for January 6th:
- Report: FBI translator says Israel planted nuclear 'moles' in U.S. - Another twist the Larry Franklin affair / Israeli spy operation in US
- Interview with Khalil Enani - Author of new book on Muslim Brothers
- Egypt police torture mentally handicapped boy - Can a day pass without one of these stories?
- Egypt court jails three police in abuse case - Another conviction against police torturers
- al-Qaida Videos Now on Cell Phones - Bin Laden & co. develop multimedia distribution platforms
Automatically posted links for November 29th:
- Toward a New U.S.-Middle East Strategy - Saban Center (eeekh!) and CFR team up for Mideast policy recommendations for next prez
- Foes Use Obama's Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him - washingtonpost.com - "Obama aides sharply disputed the initial stories suggesting that he was a Muslim, and in Iowa, the campaign keeps a letter at its offices, signed by five members of the local clergy, vouching for the candidate's Christian faith." I like these conspiracy
- 1973 U.S. Cable on Mideast Mirrors Current Events - washingtonpost.com - "In January 1974, with the Watergate scandal making headlines, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat wrote in a secret letter to Faisal that President Richard M. Nixon "could easily be impeached" and that "Arabs must do everything they can to strengthen" Nixon, a
- Seven Years for Murder - More Egyptian police officers sentenced for torture
- Trappist Command: Thou Shalt Not Buy Too Much of Our Beer - WSJ.com - I have had this beer, and it really is something else. It tingles against your palate and feels incredibly velvety and smooth. The bizarre sensation lingers a long time, numbing your mouth, and its bouquet is very subtle for such a strong beer, with very
- L?affaire du faux mariage homosexuel s?avère être une manipulation politique - This article (from a very pro-regime newspaper) accuses the Islamist movement in Morocco that is close to the PJD of nearly lynching a man involved in a rather sordid affair of "homosexual marriage" in northern Morocco. If you check at-Tajdid, the PJD-fri
- ??? ????? - The site of Muslim Brotherhood activist and blogger Ahmed Mohsen, who was arrested in Fayoum along with 25 people who were apparently planning their strategy to contest next year's municipal elections
- New term for Egypt CB governor - al-Okdah's reappointment should squash persistent rumors that he is in the running for becoming PM. Nazif probably to stay for another year at least
- Saudis See Potential for Influence in Sharif - WSJ.com - An interesting look at Saudi policy towards Pak, based on the fall of Musharraf
- Al Jadid Magazine - New issue of US-based Arab culture mag out, including a look at the World Press Photo pic from Lebanon, an interview with Alaa al-Aswany, and a lot more
Automatically posted links for November 24th:
- Pakistan Alerted U.S. It Planned Emergency Rule - WSJ.com - Bhutto: "My question is: If the U.S., which is giving more than $10 billion in aid, can't get him to lift emergency rule... what's the point of my negotiating with him?"
- WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK - Water scarcity in Egypt, with predictable social segregation
- Bent Al Maiidi, la Mona Lisa du Moyen-Orient | Babelmed - The Mona Lisa of the Middle East
- Returnees Find a Capital Transformed - washingtonpost.com - Drop in violence is encouraging some Iraqis to return
- Morocco strong, but not the same - Variety - Morocco gets big Hollywood movies because others in region censor
- Morocco celebrates 50 years of film - Variety - Film festival celebrates Egyptian cinema
- Saudi Rights Lawyer Sidelined - washingtonpost.com - Courageous Saudi lawyer gets the "hurting the country's image" treatment
- Robert Kagan - Musharraf and the Con Game - Another Musharaf-Mubarak comparison
- Where Boys Grow Up to Be Jihadis - Long NYT piece on how youth from Tetouan became mujahideen