Links for May 1-5 2010

Above, a participant in the May 2 labor demonstration outside of the office of the prime minister and the cabinet wears a panel comparing his salary and expenses to those of a minister. On his side of the ledger, the entries for meat and fruit, among others, are left blank.
And now, the links:
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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.