The new issue of Middle East Report is out, and it features some great pieces by old friends, including Mona El-Ghobashy on Egypt's judges and Joshua Stacher on Hebron. And don't miss editor Chris Toensing's editorial on the absurd $38 billion President Obama decided to give Israel – a country whose leaders have tried to serially humiliate him – as a parting gift.
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Now here are the links...
- U.S. Was Warned of Attack on Aid Workers in Syria - The Daily Beast
- Robert Fisk and the Russian war on salafism | al-bab.com
Good piece on the Grozny conference
- The elephant in the room (part 1): The state and sectarian violence | Mada Masr
- ‘Our Anger is Boundless’: Syrian Artists and Intellectuals Condemn Imperialism – P U L S E
- "A destroyed Syria is the symbol of the state of the world today."
- A soliloquy on Syria - The Washington Post
- Fred Hiatt channels Obama the Vulcan
- In Push on Aleppo, Syria and Russia Seem Ready to Further Scorch Its Earth - The New York Times
- Terribly sad piece.
- Libyan renegade general hails support of Egyptian leadership | Middle East Eye
- Is the sky falling on Libya? | European Council on Foreign Relations
Well, on the Libyan agreement anyways.
- Egypt Recovers Over 160 Bodies From Sunken Migrant Boat - NYT
The next big source of refugees/migrants.
- The Assassin’s Veto - Oum Cartoon أم كرتون
On the murder of Nahed Attar.
- High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history | Books | The Guardian
This is fascinating and might also explain a lot about Arab leaders.
- We are all Stalinists on Syria — FT
Gideon Rachman - "The conclusion is bleak: to sustain liberal politics at home, western politicians may have to tolerate outrages against liberal values overseas."
- Egypt and Iran have the same problem — and the same answer - The Washington Post
Ignatius interviews Sisi.
- Sisi at the UN: Desperation of church and state
- Nazra for Feminist Studies director wins ‘alternative Nobel Prize’
Congrats to Mozn Hassan
- Repair and Prepare: Growth and the Euro after Brexit
Dire warnings from Euro grandees
- Latest Estimate Pegs Cost of Wars at Nearly $5 Trillion
And some wonder why many Americans are against interventionism
- Sunni Islam riven anew by ancient dispute
Forget the headline, this is a good explanation of what went down at that Grozny conference
- Putin’s lesson for Obama in Syria - The Washington Post
Jackson Diehl has a point here.
- Wheat trade hit hard by Egypt quarantine crackdown — FT
Such weird behavior by Cairo.