New blog: Middle East Diaries

Cairo-based journalist Jeffrey Black, who is currently in Yemen, has a new blog: Middle East Diaries.

(Speaking of Yemen, a radio journalist friend of mine who left for Sanaa yesterday told me she was going to look into a Yemeni movement that aims to take the US to international arbitration courts because of the probes NASA has landed on Mars (the red planet). Their argument, you see, is that Yemen has prior claim to Mars and therefore NASA should have asked permission. Has anyone heard about this?)


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,