Gay arabists

As Americans rush to study Arabic in order to become spies, the Pentagon makes sure to filter out the gay ones. Because, as everyone knows, gay Arabists have never amounted to much.

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,