- How Egyptian ‘Democracy’ Really Works - The New York Times
- Russia’s Rise in Mideast Creates Enemies
Good piece by Yaroslav Trofimov.
- Signal Claims Egypt Is Blocking Access to Encrypted Messaging App | Motherboard
- Hazem Kandil: Sisi's Egypt. New Left Review 102, November-December 2016.
- What we know about the man Sisi named the St. Peter and St. Paul Church bomber
- Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows
- A Turbulent Time in Saudi-Egyptian Relations
- U.S. Blocks Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Amid Concerns Over Yemen War
- The Making of Egypt's Presidents
Interesting letter from Menufiya.
- Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
- Sahara : le Polisario maintient la pression à Guerguerat - Le Desk
- Rentrer du djihad | Mediapart
Interview avec David Thomson
- Turkey military purge has ‘degraded’ Nato, says general
- Egypt, China sign currency swap deal
So Egypt can import from China in yuans rather than dollars.
- Islamic State loses its stronghold in Libya, but more chaos could soon follow - The Washington Post
- Russia, NATO, Trump: The Shadow World | by Robert Cottrell | The New York Review of Books
- Palestine: The End of the Bedouins? | by David Shulman | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
- The incredible story behind the Syrian protest singer everyone thought was dead
- Syria’s New Media Landscape | Middle East Institute
- Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict
- Yemen: US-Made Bombs Used in Unlawful Airstrikes | Human Rights Watch
- Advice for Young Muslims
Letters by the UAE ambassador to Russia to his son.
- Welcome to the age of anger | Pankaj Mishra
- Saudis Are Trying to Figure Out How the Post-Oil Era Works
- Egypt: Laughter in the Dark | by Zadie Smith | NYR Daily
On Ahmed Naji.
- Paris/Rakka, aller-retour : parcours de radicalisation
Podcast featuring David Thomson and Farhad Khosrokhavar.
- An Egyptian court just struck down part of a repressive new law. Here’s what that means. - The Washington Post
Brown and Hamzawi on the protest law ruling
- Jihadi Document Repository
Useful collection by Norwegian scholars
- Le Palais rappelle à Benkirane les véritables limites de son pouvoir - Le Desk
Morocco PM, usually silent on foreign policy, slams Russia over Syria and gets slammed back by palace.
- Discontent grows louder in Ethiopia as regime fights for survival
Major potential impact downriver.
- How the War Ends in Syria - NYT
Poor piece by Galbraith, starting w/ assumption it will end.
- Slavoj Zizek on a 'clash of civilisations' - UpFront
Rather combative. Good for Zizek to be called on his provocations.
- Mixed rulings for protest law by Egypt constitutional court
- Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report | The Economist
- The End of the Anglo-American Order
- How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’
New research tries to spot the collapse of liberal democracies before they happen, and it suggests that Western democracy may be seriously ill.
- Trump Tracker
- Honeymoon is over for new Saudi leader as reform pain kicks in
- Au Maroc, la disparition des écoles publiques accélère la marchandisation de l’éducation
- Libya's government faces forced currency devaluation | World news | The Guardian
- Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History
- Syria's food production edging nearer to collapse, UN warns | The Guardian
- Takieddine: «J’ai remis trois valises d’argent libyen à Guéant et Sarkozy» | Mediapart
- Challenging government, Egypt's parliament approves 'repressive' NGO bill | Reuters
- Court in Egypt Overturns Mohamed Morsi’s Death Sentence - The New York Times
- UN Syria envoy warns of terror risk if Assad wins total military victory | The Guardian
- ’Til Kingdom Come | The Nation
Ursula Lindsey on Morocco
- Arab Spring cost more than $600 billion worth of growth, U.N. report says
- Morocco blazes solar power trail
- Joost Hiltermann reviews ‘Sold Out’ by Bryan Gibson
On the Kurds.
- 'Crashing waves' of jihadists fray soldiers' nerves in Mosul battle | Reuters
- Islamist extremists revel in Trump triumph
Not much in this link-dump as it's been a busy week of travel. And don't worry, they're Trump-free.
- Egypt's oil minister makes rare trip to Iran for oil talks ...
- ‘Political Islam’, and the Muslim Brotherhood Review
UK House of Commons report (PDF)
- Is CAP Shilling for the UAE? « LobeLog
- Report: The Role of the Public Prosecution in Egypt’s Repression | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
- New Report: Rethinking U.S. Economic Aid to Egypt | Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
- Morocco protests after fisherman crushed to death in a garbage truck | The Guardian
- Majoritarian Syria: Justice in Conflict Resolution
Yassin Al-Haj Saleh
- IRIN | Torture, starvation, deprivation: life inside IS prisons in Libya
- The Globalization of Rage | Foreign Affairs
- The Skype sex scam - a fortune built on shame - BBC News
Morocco center of this scam.
- UAE's forward operating base in Libya revealed | IHS Jane's 360
- Why Clinton's plans for no-fly zones in Syria could provoke US-Russia conflict | The Guardian
So they should have been done before the Russians came in then?
- Sugar shortage in Egypt leaves a bitter taste | The National
Great piece by Patrick Werr getting to the heart of the problem.
- War in Translation: Giving Voice to the Women of Syria | Literary Hub
- Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’ - The New York Times
What's funny in this piece is that Obama's critics end up adopting Obama's cautious approach.
- Down by Law - Carnegie
Amr Hamzawy on Egypt's war on reality.
- Sixth Qatari Emir, the Man of Independence Passes away - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
Sheikh Khalifa, overthrown by son, died.
- Egypt upholds Morsi's 20-year prison sentence - Al Jazeera
- Polish official claims Egypt sold warships to Russia for $1 | Fox News
Long-rumored way to get around French sanctions post-Crimea
- Egypt: Senior military official shot dead in Cairo - Al Jazeera
- The Decline of the West, and How to Stop It - The New York Times
Strobe Talbott and Javier Solana.
- Sweet-Toothed Egypt Endures a Sugar Crisis: ‘People Are Going to Snap’ - The New York Times
- LSE Middle East Centre – The Danger of Analogical Myths: Explaining the Power and Consequences of the Sykes-Picot Delusion
- Turkey’s Thirty-Year Coup - The New Yorker
- Meet the Man Who Should Be the Next Secretary of State | The Nation
Over the top fawning interview of the nonetheless quite sharp Chas Freeman
- Cairobserver — British Museum Announces Modern Egypt Collection
This looks cool.
- Morocco tipped off Israeli intelligence, 'helped Israel win Six Day War' | The Times of Israel
Story seems rather exaggerated, and does not address why H2 did this.
- In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War - The New York Times
- The Middle East and the Next Administration « LobeLog
- Putin, Syria, and Why Moscow Has Gone War-Crazy - The New Yorker
- Saudi Arabia, Where Even Milk Depends on Oil, Struggles to Remake Its Economy - The New York Times
- Egyptian teenagers risk their lives to join migrant flow to Europe
- IRIN | Egypt boat disaster shines light on new migration trend
Mahmoud Salem, channeling what many feel in Egypt
- The Copt’s Patrimony
- Video of Egyptian driver lamenting state of country goes viral | Middle East Eye
- Here’s why Assad’s army can’t win the war in Syria — Conflict Intelligence Team
Scathing assessment by a Russian analyst
- Youth Radicalisation in Egypt and the Complicated Relationship to Violence | Arab Reform Initiative
- Strapped for dollars and flooded with rice, Egypt to import more anyway | Reuters
Interesting on the dysfunctions of Egypt's supply system
- Au Maroc, le palais royal reste maître du jeu politique
- Olivier Roy : « La mort fait partie du projet djihadiste »
On nihilism in jihadism.
- Islamic State Announce Start of Algerian Operations - Tunisia Live
- A Breakthrough for Russia and the Regime in Syria - TIMEP
Hassan Hassan sees a checkmate for Moscow.
- Russia and Turkey agree gas pipeline deal
- The Saudis’ strategic failure
On oil strategy.
- Egypt denies talks on hosting Russian airbase — RT News
So some other arrangement envisaged, like Cairo West airbase for the US?
- 'Miss Upper Egypt' beauty pageant cancelled after threats of violence
- Saudi Aramco informed Egypt about suspending oil product supply: official | Reuters
This wouldn't have to do with that UN vote on Syria?
- Ethiopia Alleges Oromo Protesters Receiving Support From Egypt - Bloomberg
- Russian Paratroopers Set to Leave for Joint Drills in Egypt for First Time
- How social media undermined Egypt’s democratic transition - The Washington Post
- Morocco's Liberal Challengers | Foreign Affairs
This fawning Ilan Berman piece on PAM never mentions party's palace connection.
- The prospect of a superpower war in Syria is hardly far-fetched — FT
- Where are the Syrians in Max Blumenthal’s Article? An Open Letter from Syrian Activist Marcell Shehwaro – P U L S E
- How the White Helmets Became International Heroes While Pushing U.S. Military Intervention and Regime Change in Syria
- Obama administration considering strikes on Assad, again - The Washington Post
- Don’t Intervene in Syria - The New York Times
Steve Simon and Jonathan Stevenson
- In Aleppo death follows us. But we still love life | Waad Alkhateab | The Guardian
- The Blot on Obama’s Legacy - The New York Times
- U.S. Election Cycle Offers Kremlin a Window of Opportunity in Syria - The New York Times
- Residents in Libya's Sirte face 'collapsed' health system, food shortages: charity | Reuters
- More than 11,000 migrants rescued off Libya this week | Reuters
- President Sisi deploys army to tackle Egypt’s economic woes — FT
- 15 Years in the Afghan Crucible - The New York Times
- Who murdered Giulio Regeni? | Alexander Stille | The Guardian
- ‘Surrender and you can eat again’: Aleppo on the brink - The Washington Post
- Moncef Marzouki : "En Tunisie, l'ancien régime est revenu" | Le Point Afrique
- Fake News and False Flags
Pentagon paid Bell-Pottinger PR firm $500m for fake AQ propaganda.
- Why Are We in the Middle East? | n+1
Review of Andrew Bacevich's latest
- Sisi defends Egyptian army's economic intrusion - Al Jazeera
- Egypt: Serious Abuses in Scorpion Prison | Human Rights Watch
- Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina review – an album to put Mauritania on the musical map | The Guardian
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.
- The international school of Egypt’s military
The militarisation of late Mubarak neoliberalism.
- Libya intervention destroyed great power unity in rush to regime change | Middle East Eye
- Thursday, September 8, 20The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in the Muslim Sacral Imagination | SyriaComment
- Obama & Palestine: The Last Chance by Nathan Thrall | NYR Daily
- Is the United States Giving Up on Supporting Democracy Abroad? | Foreign Policy
- Turkish intelligence unveils secret codes used before coup attempt -Hurriyet
- The Armed Forces and business: Economic expansion in the last 12 months | Mada Masr
- Migrants lured by sex into Egypt's backstreet kidney trade, says report | Reuters
- Did al Qaeda exchange former Pakistani army chief’s son for Zawahiri’s daughters?
- Revealing an Unknown Cairo by Claire Messud | The New York Review of Books
Review of Yasmine El Rashidi's novel.
- Distract Deceive Destroy: Putin at War in Syria
Atlantic Council report
- The Decay of the Syrian Regime is Much Worse Than You Think
War on the Rocks has, well, rocked on Syria from many different perspectives recently.
- Majalla Exclusive: A Defector from the Leadership of the Islamic State Provides an Inside View of its Command Structure and Regional Ties
- First Solar Power Car in Gaza Strip - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
To combat blockade.
- The Armed Forces' men in Sinai
- Corpse of university student surfaces in Zeinhom morgue, amid family claim of death in police custody
- “Assad or We Burn the Country”: Misreading Sectarianism and the Regime in Syria
Emile Hoyakem responds to "Cyrus Malik"
- Washington's Sunni Myth and the Middle East Undone
Second article by pseudonymous author on "Sunni myth" in Iraq/Syria. Too focused on Western narrative on the region in my view, too general on local narratives.
- Washington's Sunni Myth and the Civil Wars in Syria and Iraq
Controversial (and in many points unconvincing) article makes good point about Syria not being a conflict between Sunnis and the regime.
- Essebsi’s Power Grab Imperils Tunisia’s Nascent Democracy | Middle East Institute
Many insights in this critique of Essebsi - albeit by a former advisor to his predecessor and one-time rival.
- Turkey Invasion of Syria Highlights Shifting Alliances - SPIEGEL ONLINE
- Poker menteur au Sahara – Le Desk
Good overview of the state of the Western Sahara conflict
- Egyptian lawyer in solitary confinement for defying el-Sissi
- Apple rushes out iPhone software patch — FT
Security flaw found by UAE activist.
- Turkey in a Tailspin | Middle East Research and Information Project
- Turkey through the Looking Glass « LRB blog
- How Not to Plan for 'The Day After' In Libya - The Atlantic
- Egypt Suspends 8 Female TV Anchors, Saying They Are Overweight - The New York Times
- Netanyahu's New and Dishonest Vision of Peace: Without the Palestinians - Haaretz
Daniel Levy: "Netanyahu has no intention of pursuing genuine de-occupation, Palestinian enfranchisement and peace under any circumstances. In reality he is attempting to prove something quite different – namely that Israel can manage and upgrade its regional relations while at the same time pursuing an ever-more aggressive and egregious set of policies towards the Palestinians."
- Turkey Chooses Erdogan by Christopher de Bellaigue | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Christopher de Bellaigue
- How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers - The New York Times
- Ethiopian regime under pressure as protests escalate - FT
Might be to Egypt's advantage.
- How Refugees Can Strengthen Economies
Research shows refugees aren't a drain, reports @ursulind in Al Fanar
- A Gloomy Egypt Sees Its International Influence Wither Away - The New York Times
Includes Issandr's thoughts.
- Egypt’s Christians lose patience with Sisi as attacks spike - FT
- Revolutionary Salafism: The Case of Ahrar Movement
- Youth unemployment in Egypt: A ticking time bomb | Brookings Institution
- ‘Young, old, conservative, liberal’: Turkey in shock over journalists’ arrest | The Guardian
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purge extends from soldiers to a stock analyst - FT
- Make Noise & Beauty on July 28, a Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh – Arabic Literature (in English)
- Bets on Egypt Currency Devaluation Rise
Black market reached EGP13:$1!
- Turkish Academics Pay Harsh Penalties for the Failed Coup
A look at what is happening at universities, by @ursulind
- A reality check on the Middle East from America’s spy chief - The Washington Post
Ignatius channels Clapper.
- The Fantasy of Disengagement - The Cairo Review of Global Affairs
Blistering critique of Obama ME policy by Thanassis Cambanis.
- How Recep Tayyip Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again - The Atlantic
- RAND في الشرق الأوسط
Rand Corporation launches Arabic website
- Plongée dans les réseaux marocains de la confrérie de l’imam Fethullah Gülen | Le Desk
Interesting piece on Gulen network in Morocco.
- Sinai tells its own story | Mada Masr
- Living With Death in Baghdad - The New York Times
- Inside a Failed Coup and Turkey’s Fragmented Military
A compelling early draft of history.
- UNHCR Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response - Mediterranean
Excellent, up-to-date data and charts.
- Doctors promoting Egyptian army hepatitis cure referred to syndicate disciplinary body - Ahram Online
A scandal that it has taken two years and no senior heads have rolled.
- Message de SM le Roi au 27-ème sommet de l’Union Africaine à Kigali | Maroc.ma
Morocco asks for UA membership.
- How Turkey almost slipped from Erdogan’s grasp
Good rundown of events
- Turkey’s Last Coup: What I Saw in Ankara
Sorry, we've been on holiday.
- Sisi’s New Prisons
A visit to Alaa Abdel Fattah
- A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began
Best piece on KSA I've read in a long while
- Hundreds 'disappeared' by security forces in Egypt, says Amnesty | The Guardian
- Chilcot report: UK oil groups feared losing out on deals — FT
And some still say oil has nothing to do with it...
- Why elections are bad for democracy | David Van Reybrouck | The Guardian
This guy has been a hit in Belgium.
- In Britain, the End of the Establishment - Bloomberg View
Pankaj Mishra on Brexit as "a collective suicide bombing."
- Egyptian authorities ban feminist Mozn Hassan from travelling to Beirut | The Guardian
- A Letter From the Edge of the Abyss
This is beautiful, terrible to read.
- Egypt’s anti-corruption chief was fired. Then his daughter was, too. - The Washington Post
- The Bookseller of Algiers « LRB blog
Ursula was in Algiers for the first time recently, and wrote this
- A Tunisian professor writes about "Mohamed's Last Days"
This was an interesting read
- United Nations Chief Exposes Limits to His Authority by Citing Saudi Threat - NYT
Threat to defund Palestine, Syria, Sudan aid.
- Graft Fighter in Egypt Finds Himself a Defendant in Court - The New York Times
- Eating in public during Ramadan is an attack on Islam, declares Dar al-Ifta | Mada Masr
What a fragile religion.
- The Egyptian Satirist Who Inspired a Revolution - The New Yorker
On Abou Haddara, a late 19th c. magazine
- Morsi death sentence endorsed by Egypt's mufti, website says
- Saudi wealth fund takes $3.5bn Uber stake — FT
- Iran Bars Pilgrims From Traveling to Mecca for Hajj - The New York Times
Interesting details on hacking attacks by Saudis.
- Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel - The New York Times
- US academic denied entry to Egypt told she was a 'problem for national security' | Middle East Eye
She was researching Bollywood.
- Fiji Pulls Some Peacekeepers From Egypt Amid Security Fears - ABC News
After recent mortar strikes on MFO.
- Egypt Muslims attack Christian woman, houses after affair rumor | Reuters
- Not Just Tech: Entrepreneurship in the Middle East - The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
- How big were the changes Tunisia’s Ennahda party just made at its national congress? - The Washington Post
- French Journalist Rémy Pigaglio Barred From Egypt - WSJ
- A Window Into the West Bank’s ‘Wildest, Most Violent’ Areas - The New York Times
- Erdogan’s march to absolute power has Berlin’s blessing - FT
- Rached Ghannouchi : « Il n’y a plus de justification à l’islam politique en Tunisie »
Ahead of the Nahda Congress this weekend
- Egypt’s media bill may bring demise of small, online outlets - The Washington Post
- Steel tycoon acquires ONtv from Sawiris, sparking fears for future of Egyptian TV | Mada Masr
ONtv comes under intelligence control - note Yasser Selim involvement.
- The Strange, Unending Limbo of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak - The New York Times
- Amid Crackdown, Egypt Sentences 152 People To Prison For Protesting : NPR
Scrap that protest law.
- Engineers and Jihadists: The Curious Connection
Ursula on an interesting new study of education and extremism
- Beirut Upstarts Gain Traction in Lebanon’s Political Quagmire - NYT
- Egypt to Pay Families of 3 Mexican Tourists Killed by Military - NYT
$140,000 per victim but "no admission of guilt"
- Who becomes a terrorist, and why? - The Washington Post
An overview of the Kepel vs Roy debate.
We have let the blog lie fallow a little for the past month or two. Maalesh, more to come soon.
I just like the name of this hijab fashion tumblr.
- The Only Way to Solve Iraq’s Political Crisis - The New York Times
- In the Eye of the Storm: Algeria’s South and its Sahelian Borders - Carnegie
- Sinai insurgency: An enduring risk - Al Jazeera English
- On the avant-guarde Moroccan magazine Souffles
Banned 50 years ago as a threat to the state
- Giulio, the islands and national security | Mada Masr
Great piece by Khaled Fahmy.
- Egypt's Military Regime Grows More Brutal Every Day: Copts Likely To Find Persecution, Not Protection, Ahead - Forbes
- Egypt Extends Campaign Against Dissent to Turtle Bay | Foreign Policy
- Egypt's Hollowed-Out Society - The New York Times
- Sanders slams Clinton for ignoring Palestinians' needs and thinking Netanyahu is 'right all the time'
- Social sciences, most likely to expose society's blind spots, lacking at Arab universities
- This Saudi dance is all the rage in Arab world, but it could get you arrested
More war on youth
- Italian newspaper tribute to Regeni and all of Egypt's disappeared
- Israeli backing for PEN literary festival rejected in angry letter by authors
- The speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
- La Guerre Froide Des “Islamologues”
Kepel v. Roy.
- The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco by Adam Shatz | The New York Review of Books
Paul Bowles' ethnomusical collection issued
- Jordan: How Close to Danger? by Joost Hiltermann | The New York Review of Books
- Online Media Expands, Digital Divide Persists
On interesting media surveys from Northwestern Qatar
- Egypt: Unprecedented crackdown on NGOs
- Tunisian Artist eL Seed Paints Manshiyat Naser With Stunning Graffiti
- This Is Why Libya Finally Cares About Migrant Smuggling - BuzzFeed News
- Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on Tamer El-Said’s In the Last Days of the City
Now I'd really like to see this
- Anatomy of an election | Mada Masr
Another epic Hossam Bahgat article on the manufacture of the "For the love of Egypt" party list.
- Moroccans protest over U.N. Ban Ki-moon's West Sahara position
- Where’s My Mercedes? Egypt’s Financial Crisis Hits the Rich - The New York Times
Declan Walsh's best piece since he's arrived in Cairo.
- Court’s Reasoning in #AhmedNaji’s Prison Sentence
Read it and weep
- Adam Shatz on "The Daoud Affair"
The Algerian writer's commentaries on the the Arab world's "sexual misery"
- Competing goals make Saudi oil policy hard to predict — FT
- Egypt Running on Empty
Great piece by Josh Stacher in MERIP
- 5 Badass Photos From Syria
Protests in cities that have been bombed and besieged
- Berbers in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains
Some beautiful images
- Restoring the world’s oldest library
- No Excuse for Domestic Violence in Morocco | Human Rights Watch
Link'em if you got'em.
- 1.5 Million May Die if Mosul Dam Fails
- Because Iraq doesn't have enough problems.
- Kamel Daoud : Mes petites guerres de libération | | 213 Info
Daoud puts down his pen, for now.
- Living-Room Democracy - The New Yorker
Peter Hessler on elections in Upper Egypt, insightful as always.
- Once I Saw Light in Iran. Now It’s Mostly Shadows. - NYT
- Hamas Commander, Accused of Theft and Gay Sex, Is Killed by His Own - NYT
- ‘Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education’, by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog — FT
- « Dans l’euphorie de la révolution, les blessures libyennes ont été sous-estimées »
Interview with Virgine Collombier
- Obama's Most Dangerous Legacy by David Cole | The New York Review of Books
- Photography: Leila Alaoui pointed her lens at those unseen | The Economist
- Keeping it in the family | The Economist
Too much first-cousin marriage in Arab world
- US Democrats criticise Terrorism Designation Bill to ban the Muslim Brotherhood
- H. R. 3892 [PDF]
U.S. bill to designate Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
- ‘Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education’, by Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog - FT.com
- The city where war is the best employer: life in liberated Aden | Cities | The Guardian
- Egypt president calls for new law to hold police accountable - The Washington Post
- L’Arabie saoudite veut cesser de financer l’armée libanaise, et compromet un contrat avec la France