Small victory in Egypt?
Supreme court bars police from university campuses
Conflict in Sudan is more than just North-South
Trouble is brewing within the South as well.
Netanyahu’s cute little handwritten list of donors
An estimated 98% of money came from abroad.
US buying security for the Saudis
$60bn for border patrols and rollin deep in the Rub Khalil
The shaming of America
Robert Fisk writes a searing dispatch. Gird your loins.
For those following the Ibrahim Eissa case…
Egyptian Chronicles covers his speech at the Journalism Syndicate.
The 99 Islamic superheroes.
Including Noora the Light, Batina the Hidden, and Jabbar the Powerful…
Karzai gets ‘bags of money’ from Iran.
Governmental transparency in Afghanistan, yo.
In defense of Wikileaks.
Skypechat quote from the other day: ‘what is the world coming to when people are regarding Assange as the man to get us info?’ ‘yeah, it’s like the douche leading the blind.’
Don’t write off the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian regime has created its only true opponent.
Bravo to the Egyptian Minister of Information!
Ali Hassan Kuban videos.
From the excellent mepop blog.
And finally, the excellent Omar Souleyman…
Settlers in Gush Etzion flood Palestinian village of Beit Ummar with raw sewage.
Thousands of litres were leaked onto the vineyards of Beit Ummar, destroying the grape harvest and probably contaminating the groundwater.
I personally don’t think Juan Williams should have been fired, but still, word.
And now you’ve listened to that, I would highly recommend taking a look at the Iraq war logs published on The Guardian today. These seem to be getting a lot more scrutiny than the Afghanistan leak a couple of months ago; back then, the story was less about the civilian deaths and more about the rights and wrongs of Julian Assange. Yet just scanning the headlines suggests a different focus this time. The ‘revelations’ about torture, in particular, are worth following.
Damn guys, forget about the Middle East for 3:33 minutes and listen to this.
This US arms deal with Saudi Arabia strikes me as a little strange. Leaving aside the fact that the US is bolstering one of the most repressive and generally obnoxiously religious regimes in the region (and then, with delicious irony, lecturing Hezbollah, Hamas, et al…not that their excesses are excusable, but still…), it seems like a somewhat desperate move. The logic is, of course, that strengthening Saudi will provide a regional counterweight to Iran. Yet this presupposes a somewhat curtailed view of the Middle East, in which Saudi Arabia squares off against Iran across the Persian Gulf, Sunni stands up to Shia, and everything else just falls into place. But the two states don’t work like that; their power is dispersed across the region, either through funding like that of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon or through groups of varying degrees of affiliation, like Hezbollah and Hamas with Iran. Both work through soft power and influence, and $60bn worth of arms is a rather unsubtle way of changing the balance of power. Furthermore, as the Arabist points out, what do they need all those helicopters for anyway? Fast roping into Tehran? Probably more likely to be patrolling the Yemeni border…
(Saudi Arabia, of course, is no stranger to delicious ironies either, recently castigating the US for being soft on Israel whilst cheerfully accepting an arms deal that the Israelis, funnily enough, have raised no concerns with…)