Links 9-28 February 2019
Bolsonaro’s Brazil | LRB
Read this masterful piece by Perry Anderson even if you know nothing about Brazil, it has insights about weak democracies and clientelist systems that are universal
Bitch Nation | LRB
Musab Younis on the sexual fetishization of Arab men in France
The Otherworldliness of Ibn Khaldun | NYRB
Malise Ruthven reviews Robert Irwin's new bio of Ibn Khaldoun
Yemen Under Siege | NYRB
Robert Worth reviews books by Bonnefoy, Lackner and Brandt on Yemen's catastrophe
Learn from the best | Synaps
Interviews with a range of professionals who document (in various ways) the Middle East.
Who Is Matt Duss, and Can He Take On Washington’s ‘Blob’? | The Nation
Very interesting piece on Duss - a great guy who is a refreshing change from the usual "blob" types.
The Manufactured Controversy About Ilhan Omar and the Israel Lobby | MERIP
Views from Joel Beinin, Noura Erakat, Omar Baddar, and Mouin Rabbani.
AUC Board of Trustees reaffirms confidence in university administration against faculty, student vote | Mada Masr
Mood at AUC must be pretty nasty.
Dividing Morocco’s Islamists and Leftists | Sada
Saudi Lobbying in Brussels Gone Awry | LobeLog
Eldar Mamedov on Riyadh's clumsy EU lobbying.
Guilt by Association | Carnegie Middle East Center
Yasmine Farouk on U.S. dilemmas in supporting Saudi activism.
Judicial candidates forced to undergo unprecedented evaluations as presidency exerts further control | Mada Masr
Randa Mostafa on the gouging of Egypt's judiciary by the executive.
Former Air Force Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying for Iran | NYT
Adam Goldman reports on a bizarre but remarkable story.
What Impact Will Morocco’s Decision to Withdraw From the Anti-Houthi Coalition Have? - Carnegie Middle East Center
Very little is the consensus, but good background here.
Egypt: Tailoring Constitutions for the Ruling Military | LobeLog
Rana Allam offers goof overview - but is this about military rule, or Sisi rule?
Empowered decentralization: A city-based strategy for rebuilding Libya | Brookings
US group of scholars offers a new paradigm – but many cities contested.
Egypt: Survival Is Also a Form of Resistance | Zeit
Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule | HRW
Constitutional amendments "would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused".
Dans le Golfe, entre MBS et MBZ, un prince héritier peut en cacher un autre | Mediapart
On MbZ - interesting stuff about his maritime strategy and prospective alliance with China.
Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity | by Susie Linfield | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
When it comes to the Syrian war, a “relevant political consciousness” is precisely what does not exist.
A Princess Vanishes. A Video Offers Alarming Clues. | NYT
The adult daughter of Dubai’s ruler tried to escape a life of stultifying restrictions. She was captured at sea, forcibly taken back, and has not been heard from since.
Air strikes target al-Feel oilfield in southern Libya | al-Arabiya
After standoff over Sharara.