Neo-cons vs. Bremer

Juan Cole has an interesting theory that the order to arrest Muqtada Al Sadr was given by neo-cons without the knowledge of Paul Bremer because of Sadr's sympathy for Hamas after the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

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,