Pro-Israel Iraqi indicted

Mithal Al Alusi, a former Iraqi exile close to Ahmed Chalabi and former head of the de-Baathification effort, has been indicted by an Iraqi interim government court for attending an anti-terrorism conference in Israel and suggesting that Iraq should establish ties with the Jewish state. Seems that not everyone got the neo-con memo on Iraq-Israeli ties...

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,