"New Middle East" gets Daily Show treatment

I've just uploaded a brilliant recent Daily Show interview with their Middle East correspondent in Beirut to YouTube. Instead of their usual correspondents, they has a guy act as their Arab correspondent. And while Jon Stewart was expressing concern about the carnage, the correspondent kept reacting as if he loved the whole birth pangs of a new Middle East thing -- i.e. as if he lived in Condi and W's alternate reality. It's very moving comedy, and make sure you watch it to the end. (The first few seconds are blacked out, but then it's fine.)

(Smaller download version here - 3MB)

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.