Yesterday I linked to the blog Kim Jong Il Looking At Things and suggested a Middle Eastern version is necessary. And lo, reader Evan sends me Laugh In With Hosni. I am contributing the pic on the right - not sure when it was taken, perhaps during a fateful military parade in 1981?
And special extra Mubarak pics gallery after the jump.
I'm confused - is Marc Franco's the EU Ambassador to Egypt, or an ambassador for Egypt?
Depressing dispatch from Houthi country in Yemen, an under-reported war.
Review of book about Beirut, Alexandria and Izmir and Med. cosmopolitanism.
WSJ looks at the possibility that Ahmed Shafiq is the next president of Egypt.
Angry fixer on useless journo - more common that you might think.
Tough but fair: Mubarak self-image, as seen by US Embassy.
On that last link — one of the interesting things about the cable — an introduction to Mubarak for Obama — is that is says little about Mubarak's health, even though around that time many believed the Egyptian president had a small stroke. This is all it has say:
Mubarak is 81 years old and in reasonably good health; his most notable problem is a hearing deficit in his left ear.
I think that Obama got the message.