On comments

I'm getting an increasing number of comments in response to the Lebanon posts arguing about the arcana of the Arab-Israeli conflict or talking about how Arafat bungled Camp David in 2000. I won't answer them (especially the latter) because the debate on these issues has become a meaningless back-and-forth that is completely dissociated with the fundamental reality. I'm too busy for that.

But thanks to those who keep the comments section busy, and as always I'm happy to get corrections on factual mistakes.

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.