Around the web

A collection of interesting stories and sites collected in the last week or so.

- Words Without Borders has a special issue on Palestine this month.

- NYT: For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is ‘God’s Foreign Policy'
How evangelicals and Elliott Abrams heart each other. The article also says that the right-wing Jerusalem Post recently started an edition for American Christians.

- WaPo: Support Builds for Libyan Dissident
The case of Fathi al-Jahmi, the Libyan dissident imprisoned for meeting with a US diplomat. Will the US push for his release or stay quiet because it fears losing oil business?

- Carnegie: Jordan and Its Islamic Movement: The Limits of Inclusion?
New report by Nathan Brown.

- LRB: The Least Accountable Regime in the Middle East
Survey of US spending in Iraq, misuse of funds, etc. based on US government info.

- Maps of War: The Middle East
Fantastic animated map of different empires control of the Middle East over time.

- NYRB: How Terrible Is It?
Max Rodenbeck looks at recent books and official documents on the war on terror, giving you a 12-point rundown of their major points so you don't have to read them. Nice!

- CCC: The Virtual Ummah
Military think tank looks at Jihadis on the internet and TV, notably al-Jazeera.

- French political scientist Olivier Da Lage has a new book out: Géopolitique de l'Arabie Saoudite.

- Mother Jones: Rumsfeld's Replacement: The Robert Gates File

- HRW: Building Towers, Cheating Workers
A report on the "Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates," is out,a s is a photo essay full of striking pictures. And an FT report on the same.

- WaPo: Michael Dirda on Irwin on Said. (More about that here.)

- Nation: A Civilizing Mission
Review of Eqbal Ahmad's collected works.

- Guardian: Luxury timeshares on offer at Islam's holiest pilgrimage site
The Bin Laden Group's new luxury resort in Mecca, ZamZam Tower.

- Figaro: Le pétrole conforte le pouvoir soudanais
Tanguy Berthemet reports from Sudan on China's growing power there and how oil money is sheltering the regime.

- Political Comics
Cartoon blog does cool caricatures of people in the news. Controversial, here's the one of Sheikh Yassin (click to enlarge).

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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,