- LSE Middle East Centre – The Danger of Analogical Myths: Explaining the Power and Consequences of the Sykes-Picot Delusion
- Turkey’s Thirty-Year Coup - The New Yorker
- Meet the Man Who Should Be the Next Secretary of State | The Nation
Over the top fawning interview of the nonetheless quite sharp Chas Freeman
- Cairobserver — British Museum Announces Modern Egypt Collection
This looks cool.
- Morocco tipped off Israeli intelligence, 'helped Israel win Six Day War' | The Times of Israel
Story seems rather exaggerated, and does not address why H2 did this.
- In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War - The New York Times
- The Middle East and the Next Administration « LobeLog
- Putin, Syria, and Why Moscow Has Gone War-Crazy - The New Yorker
- Saudi Arabia, Where Even Milk Depends on Oil, Struggles to Remake Its Economy - The New York Times
- Egyptian teenagers risk their lives to join migrant flow to Europe
- IRIN | Egypt boat disaster shines light on new migration trend
Mahmoud Salem, channeling what many feel in Egypt
- The Copt’s Patrimony
- Video of Egyptian driver lamenting state of country goes viral | Middle East Eye
- Here’s why Assad’s army can’t win the war in Syria — Conflict Intelligence Team
Scathing assessment by a Russian analyst
- Youth Radicalisation in Egypt and the Complicated Relationship to Violence | Arab Reform Initiative
- Strapped for dollars and flooded with rice, Egypt to import more anyway | Reuters
Interesting on the dysfunctions of Egypt's supply system
- Au Maroc, le palais royal reste maître du jeu politique
- Olivier Roy : « La mort fait partie du projet djihadiste »
On nihilism in jihadism.
- Islamic State Announce Start of Algerian Operations - Tunisia Live
- A Breakthrough for Russia and the Regime in Syria - TIMEP
Hassan Hassan sees a checkmate for Moscow.
- Russia and Turkey agree gas pipeline deal
- The Saudis’ strategic failure
On oil strategy.
- Egypt denies talks on hosting Russian airbase — RT News
So some other arrangement envisaged, like Cairo West airbase for the US?
- 'Miss Upper Egypt' beauty pageant cancelled after threats of violence
- Saudi Aramco informed Egypt about suspending oil product supply: official | Reuters
This wouldn't have to do with that UN vote on Syria?
- Ethiopia Alleges Oromo Protesters Receiving Support From Egypt - Bloomberg
- Russian Paratroopers Set to Leave for Joint Drills in Egypt for First Time
- How social media undermined Egypt’s democratic transition - The Washington Post
Oct 21, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
The american journalist Serena Shim was killed on the Turkey|Syrian border approximately 2 years ago, shortly after she indicated live on air, that Turkish Intelligence suspected her of being a spy. Reading a story published online by The Free Thought Project this morning reminded me of her reportage. It truly is a story worthy of an espionage thriller IMHO.
Oct 18, 2016
From Iraqi Security & Humanitarian Monitor:
Yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the start of military operations to clear Mosul of ISIS and those efforts are now well underway. But what happens to the one million or more residents trapped in the city who risk death if they stay - and if they attempt to flee?
As UN Under-Secretary-General Stephen O'Brien said, "Families are at extreme risk of being caught in cross-fire or targeted by snipers. Tens of thousands of Iraqi girls, boys, women and men may be under siege or held as human shields. Thousands may be forcibly expelled or trapped between the fighting lines. Children, women, the elderly and disabled will be particularly vulnerable."
Please read and share our analysis, which offers an explanation of how this situation came to be and the warnings that government policymakers and aid agencies cannot ignore.
As they face the most difficult challenge of their lives, we will continue to keep the citizens of Mosul - and all Iraqis - in our thoughts.
- Iraq: The coming crisis in Mosul
- | US To Send Hundreds More Troops To Iraq Per President Obama
- US offers humanitarian aid as Iraq prepares to free Mosul from ISIS hold
- News, Rumors and Opinions Friday Morning 9-2-16
- US troops close on last ISIS-held city
- Map: Iraq's Operation to Retake Mosul from ISIS