Links 21 February 2011
- EUobserver / Italy and Czech Republic back Gaddafi despite bloodbath
"EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The EU is struggling to speak with one voice following a massive loss of life in Libya over the weekend and the regime's vow to fight protesters to the "to the last bullet. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has spoken of her "extreme concern," while Rome does not want to "disturb" strongman Moammar Gaddafi and Prague has warned of a "catastrophe" if he falls."
- mahsanmilim-a child's trial
In occupied Palestine, Israeli soldiers strip a child and urinate on him, and then the child gets taken to court.
- Tahrir field hospital saves hundreds of lives : Nature Middle East
- Journalists demand chief editors resign - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
- Lords of the Realm - By Christopher M. Davidson | Foreign Policy
Who's who in the Gulf.
- In Egypt, Town Built on Patronage Is Test of New Order - NYTimes.com
Kamal al-Shazli might be glad he died before Mubarak was toppled. But then again, he might have very well survived the revolution. This is fine a profile of a political boss that epitomizes 40 years of Egyptian politicking by Anthony Shadid.
- In Morocco, Fears of Chaos Temper Calls for Change - NYTimes.com
Fearmongering more like.
- Egypt's Workers Rise Up | The Nation
- ‘Thank you, dictator’ « LRB blog
How can you not like a post that begins "Hosni Mubarak was the Israeli government’s favourite dictator"?
- Gaddafi son warns of civil war as turmoil spreads | Reuters
A good wrap-up.
- Mubarak’s Out, But Egypt Hasn’t Yet Had A Revolution | The New Republic
In TNR?!?!: "The choice, in other words, does not simply involve what the United States should do in Egypt, but in the entire region. My own view is that given the choice between promoting Egypt’s revolution and ensuring continuity in its own foreign policy, the Obama administration should change its policies toward the Middle East to accommodate the demand for democracy in Egypt. Not on every issue, nor toward every country, but toward the Netanyahu government, the Palestinians, and the dictators under siege in the Gulf and North Africa. That would include pressing rather than discouraging a rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah (which is a prerequisite for meaningful negotiations over a Palestinian state), using the threat of withdrawing American aid—as George H.W. Bush did in 1991—to bring the Netanyahu government to the negotiating table, and distancing American policy from Arab rulers in the Gulf."
- Egyptian Chronicles: The New interim cabinet
- Is Barack Obama Trying to Hurt Israel? | Stephen M. Walt
I like Walt, but why frame things as "being a friend of Israel." Who would want such friends?
- Alexander Cockburn: The Tweet and Revolution
"Today, there’s a flourishing little internet industry claiming that the overthrow of Mubarak came courtesy of US Twitter-Facebook Command, overseen by Head of the Joint Chiefs of Twitter, in the unappetizing, self-promoting form of Jared Cohen, with flanking support by the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House."
- Q&A with Ahmed Galal: The tough yet bright road ahead for Egypt's economy | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt
Previously Galal was largely seen as a neo-liberal, his think-tank was backed by Gamal. Now focuses on social side of things too.
- Egypt's media undergo their own revolution | Media | The Guardian
But the big dismantling is still ahead.
- The Future of the Israeli Newspaper Haaretz : The New Yorker
Haaretz "an aging exile in its own land." Too reasonable.
- Son of Qaddafi sees Civil War Peril in Libya - NYTimes.com
He can always surrender.
- AP Interview: Palestinian offers Hamas unity deal - Yahoo! News
"The Americans have chosen to be alone in disrupting the internationally backed Palestinian efforts," Fayyad said.
- gulfnews : Hosni Mubarak namesake fined for drinking alcohol in Dubai
- Egypt is no longer committed to an alliance with Israel against Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Too early to say, but one would hope so.
- Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | No to neo- Mubarakism
Bahei Eddin Hassan.
- NAC calls for presidential council of five - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
- Chinese police break up Middle East-inspired rally | Reuters
- Egypt Trip Report: Part I | Center for a New American Security
Abu Muqawama takes a look at Egypt's military.