Link dump

Sweating out the truth in Iran - excellent op-ed by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari on Hizbullah's relationship with Iran and hairy mullahs in saunas.

I was a propaganda intern in Iraq - interview with former Lincoln Group Baghdad intern Willem Marx, who planted US Army articles in the Iraqi press.

Key US legislator says will block aid to Lebanon - Top Israel supporter Tom Lantos doesn't want aid money to go to Lebanon, even though Israel itself says Lebanon should receive international aid to avoid collapse.

Accidental emigrant - Amira Hass on how a Jerusalem-born Palestinian man was permanently kept out of his country.

'Missing Israeli pilot' on film - Ron Arad, Israeli air force pilot who was shot down over Lebanon in 1986, may be alive.

Australian Muslim teen is a slur on Islam - Miss Australia contestant being hounded by imams. I'm with Sandmonkey on this one.

ADL Calls Amnesty International Report "Bigoted, Biased, And Borderline Anti-Semitic" - If the Anti-Defemation League says it, it must be true. Oh, and Abraham Foxman says Israel, not Lebanon, is the victim.

The Situation in Iraq - Gilbert Achcar on Iraq and the need for US troop withdrawal.

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,