Links for 27.Jan.2009

✪ Ex-U.N. Weapons Inspector in Iraq Is Charged in Child-Sex Sting - NYTimes.com | A sad end to Scott Ritter.
✪ ei: New York Times fails to disclose Jerusalem bureau chief's conflict of interest | Does NYT correspondent Ethan Bronner's son serve in the Israeli army?
✪ Algeria’s Dirty War against the Jihadists « On War and Words | Interesting post on Algeria's dirty war.
Mubarak: Egypt presidential elections will be freer in 2011 - Haaretz | Completely misleading story — there is nothing concrete announced by Mubarak.
✪ BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Classic Serial | For fans of George Smiley.
✪ الموقع الرسمى للحملة الشعبية المستقلة لدعم وترشيح البرادعى | Website for Mohammed ElBaradei as president of Egypt in 2011.
✪ Palestinian parliament expires four years after Hamas electoral upset / The Christian Science Monitor | So now neither the West Bank nor Gaza have a legitimate government.
✪ U.S. playing a key role in Yemen attacks - washingtonpost.com | Interesting that CT operations in Yemen began before Christmas "crotch bomber" incident and current focus on Yemen.
✪ Amour, gloire, beauté et envers du décor « SN | A review of two recent Egyptian movies, in French.
✪ Watching Yoav Shamir’s Defamation « P U L S E | A film about the ADL's scare-mongering.
✪ Interview: Mohamed ElBaradei | Foreign Policy | Excerpts of forthcoming interview.
✪ After Cairo: From the Vision of the Cairo Speech to Active Support for Human Dignity | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) | Report urging Obama administration to do more on democracy-promotion and more.
✪ Arab silence is no substitute for policy on a troubled Iran - The National Newspaper | Emile Hokayem on the need for a regional security arrangement in the Gulf.
✪ Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist | TPMMuckraker | Analyst who pushed Saddam being behind 9/11 commissioned to write history of al-Qaeda for Pentagon.
✪ Al-Masry Al-Youm defies Cairocentrism | Al-Masry Al-Youm | Paper launches Alexandria edition.

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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.