Some random links, for those who are interested

20 Apr

May Akl wrote a very nuanced piece on the current uprise in Syria. She highlights the complexity of the Syrian civil society and its Islamist string-pullers, and her article is an interesting diversion from the media’s common “The people vs. Bashar al-Assad” scenarios we read about these days. “The false hope of revolution in Syria

Here’s Sandmonkey with a nice little rant on current conceptions of the Egyptian Democratization process. Interesting read.  “7 popular myths about the Revolution

Here’s also David Cronin criticizing the European Union for its limp stand on the treatment of Palestinians in Israel. “EU turns blind side to Palestinians citizens in Israel

The death of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni has stirred as much shock among Western observers and media as it did among Arabs and Palestinians. People in the West Bank and Gaza are mourning Arrigoni’s death in public solidarity protests just days after his execution. Mourners also gathered in Jordan’s capital Amman, a city populated by a large Palestinian minority. Arragoni’s death follows o the heels of the murder of Israeli-Palestinian theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis‘ in Jenin.  “Gaza protests murder of Italian activist

And, on a rather whimsical note, let’s turn to Egypt’s eccentric former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass, with his soft spot for Indiana Jones hats and public attention. Hawass supported Mubarak in the beginning of the uprise, then resigned shortly after Mubarak stepped down; he was reappointed some weeks after that, and is now, in a wonderfully insane finale, facing jail time and being chased out of his job anew. Next to that, he is also facing criticism and sneer for promoting his own fashion line: Correct, his fashion line. To quote Egyptian blogger Zeinobia, “it does not only rain for Zahi Hawass but it is pouring cats and dogs“. Because it doesn’t end here. Do you remember National Geographic’s spectacular 2002 live documentary featuring a robot exploring never before seen doors in the Great Pyramid, with millions of viewers all over the world glued to their seats? Well, it seems that claims are making the rounds stating that Hawass’ footage is fake. Yet another fine conspiracy theory for the world.

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