Last month, students and faculty at the American University in Cairo bade farewell not only to each other but to their campus. Over the summer, the university is abandoning its historical downtown location and moving to a new campus on the outskirts of the city. The offices of professors and administrators are cluttered with packed boxes. The library shelves are empty. And workers are toiling day and night in the desert outside Cairo to have the new campus – which will be 29 times bigger than the old one – ready by the time classes start in September. “It’s a very rare opportunity for a university to rebuild itself and upgrade to extraordinary levels all at one time,” says Phil Donoghue, vice president for planning and administration, of the move to the new state-of-the-art campus. But others are concerned that by leaving Cairo’s downtown and moving to the suburbs, the university will lose an important connection to the city and a cornerstone of its identity. You can read the rest of the piece here.
Links from my del.icio.us account for July 16th through July 17th:
- The New Arab Diplomacy: Not With the U.S. and Not Against the U.S. - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie paper says Arab states are breaking from US diplomatic priorities, Gulf stronger, Egypt weak
- Hezbollah gives coffins to Israel in prisoner swap - Yahoo! News - So that 2006 war was avoidable after all
- La politique égyptienne sous influence affairiste - Les blogs du Diplo - Gamal Mubarak's Ahmez Ezz problem
- Iran and The Economist | Silent no more | Economist.com - Iranian student who graced cover of Economist escapes to US
- Égypte/Monde arabe - Full text of archives of French academic review now online
Links from my del.icio.us account for July 9th through July 13th:
- IkhwanWeb: Brotherhood MP Calls on Gov’t to Fight Sexual Harassment of Tourists - Good idea, but how about fighting sexual harassment period?
- Ex-Diplomat Sentenced for Anti-Arab Threats - US diplomat has sent "only good Arab is a dead Arab" theat to James Zogby
- Khalil Ibrahim, le Darfouri qui a porté la guerre à Khartoum - Afrique - Le Monde.fr - Profile of Darfuri JEM leader, mentions he escaped attempted coup by sneaking into Egypt
- Annals of National Security: Preparing the Battlefield: The New Yorker - Seymour Hersh on US sectarian/ethnic incitement in Iran
- Prison riots in Syria | 3arabawy - Hossam has updates on a big prison riot in Syria
Links from my del.icio.us account for July 7th through July 8th:
- FT.com / World - Gulf states urged to rethink dollar pegs - Sooner or later it will happen
- Egypt summons Iranian diplomat over Sadat film - Reuters.com - Note that this happens as the Egyptian press is full of anti-Shia conspiracy theories
- Family history | Mount Lebanon’s children | Economist.com - Review of Amin Maalouf's latest
- Communist jokes | Funny bones | Economist.com - A book about subversive Soviet humor - someone needs to do the same for the Arab world
- IkhwanWeb | MB MP: Blogging is an Outlet for Egypt’s Disaffected Youth - Egyptian government report says there are 160,000 Egyptian blogs, about 30% of Arab blogs
- L'OTAN des démocraties, le pire des paris, par Zaki Laïdi - Opinions - Le Monde.fr - An argument against a "league of democracies"
- Babies' deaths cast shadow on Egypt's health care Babies' deaths cast shadow on Egypt's health care | International | Reuters - Very nice long article on Egypt's failing health care
Links from my del.icio.us account for June 23rd through July 4th:
- Almasry Alyoum: Opinion Poll: Gov't Unfair; People's Assembly Hypocrite; Local Administration Loose - Is your local councilman a slut? Joking aside, figures show self-perception of Egyptians as helpless and downtrodden
- Almasry Alyoum - Ministry Of Interior Calls Scholars To Train State Security Investigation Officers On Combating The Shiite Ideology - Includes courses on detecting taqiya, learning names of 12 imams
- BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel denies injuring reporter - Prize-winning Palestinian journo mysteriously "falls" in Israeli detention, breaks ribs, has nervous breakdown
- RearVision - The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt - Australian radio show features our own Josh Stacher, Tariq Ramadan, Gilles Kepel, and Matthias Kuntzel.
- FT.com / World - Saudis have no magic wand - Roula Khalaf says it's not the Saudi's fault that oil prices are high
- Western extras play bit parts in new Egyptian film - Info on the extras industry in Egypt, new Omar Sharif vehicle
- The Food Price Crisis in the Arab Countries: Short Term Responses to a Lasting Challenge - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie looks at Arab strategies for dealing with food crisis
- The National Interest | Pax Corleone - US foreign policy seen as Godfather analogy