Out, damn spam!

The spam attack of the past week has been more damaging than I thought, so until further notice any comments with links will have to be moderated. I still encourage readers to post comments, with or without links.

As I am rather sick at the moment and some other people who contribute are traveling, posting may continue to be a little light. There are many exciting things happening at the moment, so it's a shame. But things should be back to the normal pace in a few days. There will also be some special coverage of the signature of an Egyptian-Israeli-American trade deal next week as well as the OPEC conference that will be taking place in Cairo. There are rumors that Egypt, buoyant with the launch of two Liquid Natural Gas terminals this year, may join the organization.

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, www.arabist.net.