A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Some Interesting Links

A few posts by other bloggers that you ought to be reading:

  • Thomas Hegghammer at Jihadica on suggestions Air France 447 was brought down by terrorism. He's skeptical, and he follows the Al-Qa‘ida folks more closely than almost anyone in the open-source world.
  • Also from Maghreb Politics Review, "Now for the Post-Election Purge," suggesting Bouteflika is ready to reshuffle the Army. How Bouteflika managed to outmaneuver the generals who really ran Algeria throughout the 1990s is a mystery to me, but this post sheds some light.
  • Can we be a little less precise, please?: a Daily Star article cites Kuwait's Al-Qabas as reporting, "A critical meeting will be held in one of the major Arab countries between Lebanese officials and officials from another Arab state." Thanks for making that clear. The Daily Star, rather logically, assumes "another Arab state" to be Syria, but doesn't guess what "one of the major Arab countries" might be, though I guess that might rule out Qatar, which tends to be doing a lot of this lately. This seems like one of those old gossip columns along the lines of "what Hollywood star has been seen on the town with someone not his wife?". Okay, I'm guessing Saudi Arabia. Any takers?

No comments: