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  • 19th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mauritania is one of those out-of-the-way off-the-radar Arab countries that rarely get much attention. I must admit I have never been there myself, though I have flown over it a couple of times – which in the circumstances probably makes me something of an expert. Anyway, Mauritanians were...
  • 18th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Recriminations continue over the Yemenia Airbus that crashed off the Comoros islands at the end of June, and it’s becoming reminiscent of the row between Egypt and Boeing after Egyptair flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic in 1999. In that case, investigators claimed...
  • 17th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    You may remember a flurry of media excitement a month or so ago over whether Hizbullah would win the Lebanese elections. It didn’t, and so Lebanon dropped off the world news map again. Almost three weeks on, incoming prime minister Saad Hariri (or Mini-Hariri as the Angry Arab likes to...
  • 17th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Obama administration seems to be dusting off old Clinton-era plans for peace between Israel and Syria, looking at the stumbling blocks last time around and checking for new ways to overcome them. Fred Hoff, an adviser to George Mitchell’s Middle East team, has been in Israel this week ...
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Shine, shine, you who shine on all of us  Shine, shine, you who shine wherever you go  No one can shine like you shine  You made people feel confused and lost  You made people feel happy and lost Are you shocked by these lines of verse? Aghast at their temerity? Their...
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The blogger known as “The Egypt Guy” reports that a ground-breaking new book has gone on sale in Cairo – apparently with the approval of “state security”. Written by journalist Mostafa Fathi, Fi Balad el-Walaad (In the Country of the Boys) “tells the...
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I'm not posting here today.Instead, I have written for Comment Is Free about the Palestinian ban on al-Jazeera and the wider pattern of government-media relations in Arab countries.
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two men have been arrested in connection with thetriple killing in Lahj province last Friday. They are said to be a son and brother of the main suspect, Ali Saif Mohammed. It is not clear if they are actually suspected of involvement in the killing: the Yemeni authorities often...
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It’s a bit like like those pre-nuptial agreements where celebrities sort out the divorce terms with their lawyers in advance of getting married – except that the people involved here are not celebrities but poor Egyptian factory workers. Reporting on exploitation in the sweat-shops of the...
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Yemeni politician has demanded the closure of al-Jazeera’s office in Sana’a, accusing the TV channel of damaging the country’s security and stability, the Yemen Post reports. Ali Jusaed al-Lahbi, a member of parliament for the ruling General People Congress, said: “It runs stories which...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An article by Fred Dardick for Canada Free Press (reproduced  here by the Campus Watch website, but presumably not for its academic merit) announces: “Obama is no friend of Israel”. Among numerous other offences, the Obama administration is accused of suggesting – horror of...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Don’t pretend you’ve never wanted to know. The American Bedu blog has the answers to two vital questions: what Saudi men wear under their thobe and what women wear under the abaya. Posted by Brian Whitaker, 13 July 2009

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