Do check out the latest episode of the Bulaq podcast, in which Marcia and Ursula talk to the legendary Karl Sharro aka @KarlRemarks about his new book and more. And buy Karl’s book, his Twitter account alone is a public good for mental sanity!
The links for the last couple of weeks are below.
- Anfass propose une loi d’amnistie générale en faveur des activistes des mouvements sociaux – Le Desk
General amnesty proposed for Rif convicts.
- Au Maroc, les militants du Rif écopent d’une vie en prison | Mediapart
Extensive coverage of Rif verdict (FR)
- Abdellah Tourabi: pourquoi “le procès du Rif” est une erreur historique – H24info
Important column on Rif verdict in Morocco.
- Prisoners of a Vision: Dissidents in Sisi’s Egypt
Tom Stevenson in LA Review of Books.
- Leaders of protests in Morocco’s Rif region (calling for hospitals, schools, an end to corruption) get 20 year prison sentences
- Seymour Hersh on Syria: “There’s no such thing as a chlorine bomb”
La vieillesse est un naufrage.
- Morocco jails protest leaders for up to 20 years for 2016 rallies
This is an outrageous injustice.
- The World Today With Tariq Ali – Saudi Arabia: A Brute in the Driver’s Seat
Interview with Madawi al-Rasheed.
- A Ghost Army of Workers Is Paid to Do Nothing in the Gulf | Bloomberg
- Why Russia’s Middle East Gamble Has a Limited Payoff | WSJ
- Who controls Libya’s oil riches? | Al Jazeera English
- Russian Forces in Syria and the Building of a Sustainable Military Presence | Arab Reform Initiative
Interesting paper on how Russia is actually running the Syrian army.
- China Smells Opportunity in the Middle East’s Crisis | Foreign Policy
- Libya’s lawless skies | Airwars
- The U.S. Has Conducted 550 Drone Strikes in Libya Since 2011 — More Than in Somalia, Yemen, or Pakistan | The Intercept
- La politique du feuilleton (2/2) : l’Arabie saoudite refait le passé | CPA
- Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for the Middle East Might Live or Die in Cairo | Haaretz
Almost everything in this Zvi Bar’el article is ludicrous.
- Egypt taking risks with sharp subsidy cuts, economists say | Reuters
- One Chlorine Bomb, Dozens Killed in Syria: How Assad Gassed His Own People | NYT
- The other Lebanese | Synaps
On Palestinan youth in Lebanon.
- Migrants : l’Europe à la dérive | Libération
Excellent overview of EU migration debate, which seems to boil down for Macron-Merkel to processing camps for migrants in Southern Europe and North Africa (neither wants them).
- Asmarat: The state’s model housing for former ‘slum’ residents
Great reporting by @madamasr on Orwellian housing project: no trees, no shops, no vendors, and guards at the gate!
- A Website Seeks to Show ‘How Alive Arabic Is’
@ursulind profiles self-proclaimed “Arabic nerd,” greater of online dictionary Living Arabic, for @alfanar
- Conventional Humanitarian Solutions Fail the Test
Parastou Hassouri in MERIP on the untenable current system for helping refugees
- Algeria and Iraq shut down internet to prevent exam cheating
Absurd, stupid, neanderthal.
- What Happens Now in Syria? | LobeLog
Interview with Joshua Landis.
- Limiting Change Through Change: The Key to the Algerian Regime’s Longevity | Carnegie
- Israel Charges a Former Minister With Spying for Iran | NYT
- Why Arab states have lots of expensive villas | The Economist
And not enough cheap homes.
- The last salt miners of Morocco | Al Jazeera
- A New Standard for the Gulf States | LRB blog
Pretty shocking stat from Oliver Miles: over 1200 workers have died in last 3 years in Qatar, largely on World Cup 2022 projects.
- Early Elections Would Be a Disaster | Foreign Affairs
Frederic Wehrey and Wolfram Lacher – yup!