Monthly Archives: May 2010

Attack on the Gaza flotilla

A collection of reports and reactions to Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla this morning:

Report from the Guardian

Initial report from Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem/Ashdod

Guardian live blog of reactions

Report from Al-Jazeera

Al-Jazeera footage of IDF attack

Report from NYT

Report from AlMasry AlYoum

Summary from Egyptian Chronicles

Video of world reaction from Al-Jazeera

A Q&A from the Guardian

Video from Haaretz of Israeli navy storming the ships

A ‘disastrous own goal’ for Israel

Turkish protesters storm Israeli embassy

Turkey recalls its envoy to Israel

Israel’s PR offensive

The furious reaction from Syria

Israel blames activists for violence

The reasons behind the attacks

Nasrallah’s reaction

Haaretz column calling for national enquiry

Is this a huge blunder for the Israelis?

CNN acting as apologist for Israel

A short history of Israel’s errors of judgement

Sanctions must be the price for such brutality

The Free Gaza Movement’s ongoing campaign

Israel must be wary of third intifada

Haaretz bullshit alert

Ayalon: activists had ‘al-Qaeda links’

World unites to condemn the attack

Effect on Israeli-Turkish relations

Former US paratrooper and diplomat was on board

How Israel controlled the media cycle

Netanyahu ‘regrets’ deaths

US also ‘regrets’ deaths

Article on some of the big names aboard the flotilla

The reaction in Turkey; several of those killed are believed to be Turkish nationals

Historical precedent to today’s raid

The (il)legality of the attack

The ‘weapons’ found aboard the flotilla

Netanyahu cancels Washington trip, due to return to Israel

Protests in Cairo over Israel’s actions

More pictures from Cairo protest

The view from Cairo by the Arabist

Protests in Tanta (Egypt)

Egypt’s role in the Gaza siege

Protest in Central London today

Pictures of London protest today

Video from London

Summary of reactions from around the world

Israel accused of state terrorism

UN demands explanation from Israel

The real cost of the Gaza blockade

Twitter accused of censorship over #flotilla hashtag


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Yaa qaraa’!

Just in case your reading desires are not yet sated, I’ve added a ‘reading’ page at the top where you can check out what I am reading (as in, you know, books and that). (Bear in mind that if I read anything unconnected to Arabic grammar at the moment I have a slight panic attack, so this will take a while to get off the ground.) Send suggestions and reviews along and I’ll put them up.

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Mesha’al, ElBaradei, and the Bulaq Dokrar Crazies

All my colloquial exams are over and I’m back to studying pure MSA – I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. Last push through until Thursday then insha’allah I’ll be back to posting more expansively…

Mesha’al: ‘The Americans contact us, but are not brave enough to do so openly’

Everyone’s favourite former IAEA chief takes a stroll in Old Cairo…

…delivering verbal smackdowns to nearby journalists…

…but is he losing momentum?

Freedom flotilla en route to Gaza

UK attemps to change universal jurisdiction law that is keeping Israeli politicians away

Infiltration of Iraqi police force leads to fear of US departure

‘The Bomb Iran Crowd’ from the Arabist

From nights at the circus to the Bulaq Dokrar Crazies: the Egyptian gap between rich and poor

The failure of the American liberal arts model in Iraq

Arabic literature: is no translation better than a bad translation?

One of the greatest songs by one of the greatest bands of the 80s. yaa Westerberg, bHibak.

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Assad, Al-Aswany, and Aichaaa…

No luck yet with the Iranians, but the Syrians came through for me. Trusty Syrians.

NPT agreement includes 2012 conference on nuclear-free Middle East

Assad’s interview with Charlie Rose – read read read it’s really interesting

Explosion in smuggling tunnel in Gaza kills six

New chairman of the Wafd party in Egypt

Family of murdered singer drops lawsuit

A tougher America won’t necessarily get results

Unsurprisingly, divisions persist within the American Jewish political community

Israel refuses to take part in nuclear proliferation conference

UAE considers tighter anti-smoking legislation

Gaza gets ready to welcome freedom fleet

Britain’s new, frightening far right

War ‘would grow US economy’, according to one GWB

Pakistan’s culture of conspiracy

Afghanistan’s grassroots movement isn’t so grassroots

Hillary Clinton and Nasrallah in shocking mind meld

Israel: two wins make a loss as Mesha’al concedes, Netanyahu ignores it

Interview with a Palestinian collaborator

Al-Aswany and Asfour in rather polite feud over Yacoubian Building etc.

Iranian opposition and police ready themselves for election anniversary protests

Charges dropped in horrific rape case in UAE

The shadowy world of drone attacks

Turkey is acting in a Middle Eastern ‘leadership vacuum’

Obama’s National Security Strategy a total snoozefest

Iraq is in the middle of a delicate transition

The Grand Mufti, the Holocaust, and Palestine today

Very funny and very cutting review of the racist/sexist/orientalist/anti-feminist turd that is SATC 2. (Just because I can’t possibly see how I will ever be able to link to this again in relation to Middle Eastern news, while you’re on the Stranger you should absolutely check out Dan Savage’s sex blog, I cannot recommend this highly enough.)

HA! ‘Ibn Battuta’ visits his eponymous mall, with amusing results

Aaaaand…the language of the power ballad truly is universal…

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Two days’ worth of links

I’m going to London tomorrow to do battle with the Iranian embassy, so here are links ktiiiir until I get back:

Clinton gives Iran cold shoulder over fuel deal, Iran is all ‘whatever’

Brazil and Turkey’s foreign ministers defend the deal in the NYT

Israelis pray for the health of the rayyis masrii (egychronicles points out: no-one lives forever!)

Lessons from South Africa for Israel and Palestine

Archaeology threatens Palestinian homes

Conversions to Islam increase in Dubai

The intersection of Zionism, liberalism, and nationalism

Oh, Thomas Friedman. Wherefore art thou syndicated?

Hizbollah threatens Israeli ships, apparently now have a navy?

Brazil and Turkey: emerging powers

Obama’s Iran policy is ‘sleepwalking’

‘Radio divorce’ in Egypt offers support and advice

Musicians’ boycott of Israel is a blunt weapon

Robert Fisk gets on his high horse, actually makes interesting points

Maliki on Iraqi-Syrian relations: ‘things have improved’

Muslim Brotherhood member says G-Mubz’ succession is impossible

Government officials jailed over Cairo rockslide

The US tries to reach out to European Muslims, with predictable results

Changing attitudes in Saudi Arabia shown by recent attacks on religious police

Bibi invited over to the White House for tea, possible diplomatic smackdown

Hizbollah disarmament – the answer is in political discourse

Islam and images of the Prophet – how forbidden is forbidden?

Controversial ya3nii criminal and corrupt

Obama will only sporadically focus on foreign policy in runup to elections

In defence of Scherezade – Egyptian Chronicles on why 1001 nights should not be banned

US should accept final offer, warns Iran

A new low for CNN

Hizbollah’s new museum in South Lebanon

Iraqi airways declared bankrupt

West Bank rabbi bars women from standing in elections

Egypt uses defamation laws to prosecute activists

Israeli outrage over Palestinian boycott of settlement goods

Who in the world will be the next rayyis masri, asks NDP

Israeli jets bomb Gaza in night raid

The Arabic reading summer challenge. It’s on!

Hariri asked (politely) why he doesn’t disarm Hizbollah

Iranian morality crackdown continues

Egyptian foreign minister sues journalist over op-ed

And…Kanye and Cam’ron are a good combo:

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Crackdowns, corruption, and clandestine activity

Yemeni tribesmen blow up pipeline in retaliation for air raid

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi released on bail

Obama has failed in peace efforts, says Assad

14 people killed in gold robbery in Baghdad

Hizbollah are ‘entrenched’ in Lebanon

Corruption charges against Ehud Olmert

Hamas and Hizbollah – time to engage?

More photos and videos of the Amonsito protests and police reaction

Mitchell plans to set peace deadline, Good Friday Agreement-style

Translation of Assad interview with La Repubblica

Australia expels Mossad chief over forged passports used in Dubai assassination

Baghdad mosque introduces religious paintings in break with tradition

Jean Genet’s experience of Shatila

How the endgame in Afghanistan might play

US to expand clandestine activity in the Middle East

Palestinians at work in Jewish settlements despite PA government ban

5 Egyptian activists arrested in Alex (in Arabic)

This made me chuckle

And finally…


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Netanyahu, Nubariya, and the murky waters of the Nile

Anyone know anyone who could get me a Turkmenistan visa? It’s proving somewhat difficult. Here are your regularly scheduled links:

What the Gulf’s fear of Iran tells us about the Gulf

Shimon Peres denies South Africa nuclear claims…

…and their effect at the UN non-proliferation conference

Iraqiya Party MP shot and killed in Mosul

The Nile plot thickens: Egypt hands over the issue to intelligence services (i.e. away from foreign affairs)

Jordan’s new electoral reforms are ‘disappointing…a disaster’

A letter to the West from inside Iran

ElBaradei’s prolonged absences from Egypt are making people jumpy

The dilemma of Salam Fayyad

Human Rights Watch condemns activist and blogger trials in Egypt

Netanyahu’s damage to the Jewish diaspora is ‘worse than the threat of a nuclear Iran’

Nubariya workers in Egypt threaten to cut off the Alex desert road (in Arabic)

Amonsito workers arrested yesterday released from prison (in Arabic)

Video of the Amonsito protest in Cairo

Ahmadinejad heckled in south-west Iran

Interview with Jalal Talibani in al-Hayat on Iranian and other interference in Iraq

Hamas to boycott West Bank local elections in July

Egyptian official arrested in Gaza for gathering intelligence

Video bonus from De La Soul:

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