Links 10 December 2010

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.

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.

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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.