Cecilia cartoon

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Via Larbi. (If you don't get it, Cecilia Sarkozy apparently helped charm Qadhafi into releasing the nurses held in Libya. Bernard Kouchner, the Frennch foreign minister, just got back from Beirut in an attempt to resolve the split government there.)

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.