Links 22-24 February 2012

End of the week edition! Trying something different here — first a list of recent posts, then the usual links.

Recent posts from The Arabist:

The usual potpourri of links:

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,