Links for February 2nd

Links from my del.icio.us account for February 2nd:



  • Mondoweiss: Mondo Exclusive: Google map of Israeli settlements from leaked database - Map shows spread of settlements in West Bank.

  • Balancing the bias - Middle East Forum - I hate to link to the hate site that is Middle East Forum, but take a look at this: "Georgetown’s Program for Jewish Civilization (PJC) offers an alternative for students seeking to avoid the academic weaknesses that have so infected Middle East studies." Yes, that's right, let's learn about the Middle East in Jewish Studies programs.

  • Renditions Buffoonery—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine) - A correction to the LAT article on Obama continuing rendition program, makes difference between GWB's "extraordinary rendition" program and Obama's wish to return to a normal rendition procedure that ultimately delivers abductees to a criminal justice system (although this was used in the 1990s with renditions to Egypt, it led to torture anyways and trial in exceptional courts.) I've mailed Scott Horton about this.

  • National Union candidate: Kahane was right - Israel News, Ynetnews - Wants expulsion of Israel-Arabs to Turkey or Venezuela.

  • بوابة جريدة الشروق - Website of the new Egyptian independent daily al-Shorouk, which appears to be positioning itself between al-Masri al-Youm and al-Ahram - journalistically conservative, in the tradition of the British broadsheets or the pan-Arab press. Also available in PDF!


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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.