Battle of the Egyptian journos

Wael Abbas has put up a fantastic clip from the Orbit TV show "Al Qahira Al Youm" with Kifaya leader and Nasserist Karama newspaper editor (formerly Al Arabi editor) Abdel Halim Qandil engaged in a shouting match with Rose Al Youssef (a pro-Gamal Mubarak newspaper) editor Karam Gabr. Qandil calls the latter a state security informant while the Gabr accuses him of taking money from the Libyans. Which shows of partisan the Egyptian media has become over the last few years, and how bitter ideological rivalries can be -- especially when one is an anti-Mubarak activist who was beaten up for his columns and the other is essentially a Gamal Mubarak stooge.

Via Hossam at 3arabawy.

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,