First link dump of the year, some dating from December 2014 – all Charlie-free, see recent posts and link roundups for that.
- Man discovers passage to Egypt's Great Pyramid — under his house
- Al Jazeera Journalists Are Not Egypt’s Enemies
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy says he and others are victims of regional cold war
- Morocco Approves Exodus Film, After Offending Sections Cut
- How the Iraq War Financed a Beltway Real Estate Boom
- Quand le roi du Maroc boude, il tombe malade
Ahmed Benchemsi in Le Monde
- Israel, U.S. Slam Palestinian Bid to Join International Criminal Court
and charge Israel with war crimes in Gaza
- The Lighthouse Dims
Nice piece on a well-worn subject: Alexandria's past cosmopolitanism and its Salafi groups
- Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for 3 Al Jazeera Journalists
But they remain in custody
- As Gulf aid dries up, Egypt struggles - Al-Monitor
- The best Middle East political science books of 2014
Marc Lynch's annual review.
- Special Report: Their nation in pieces, Iraqis ponder what comes next
- Two women referred to ‘terror’ court for driving in Saudi Arabia
The "moderate" ally.
- Dwindling Support for Egypt's Political Prisoners - The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
- Egyptian Involvement Sparked Libya Oil Port Battle, Expert Says
Islamists suspected Libya's government in Tobruk was receiving reinforcements from Egypt
- Tunisie libre
Very interesting interview with Hamadi Jabali, Nahda #2 who left party in protest this week.
- Pollution in Tunisia
In neglected phosphate mining towns of the interior.
- Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov
How the group coalesced in an Iraqi prison camp
- I interrogated the top terrorist in US custody. Then the CIA came to town
And pretended "enhanced interrogation" worked
A lovely bilingual (Arabic-French) website on Tunisia - wonderfully designed.
- Lavrov: Moscow Stands for Improvement of US-Iran Relations
- The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
On the psychologists that gave "scientific" advice to the CIA
- Marcel Ophuls, Director of ‘The Sorrow and the Pity,’ Wants to Tell Israelis Some ‘Unpleasant Truths’ - NYT
- Rival central bank governors vie for control of Libya’s oil earnings - FT
Possibly the biggest battle in Libya.
- A Legal Look into the Libyan Supreme Court Ruling
Azza Maghur - interesting in a geeky way.