Menafeeds | Egitto, Iran
– Kal (The Moor Next Door) | O. Abdel Aziz in Tehran | Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has made some headlines by visiting Turkey and Iran this week. The Iranian visit is more important. Its context is Ould Abdel Aziz’s cultivation of the Axis of Bombast during his time as junta head, especially after his harrowing use of the Gaza crisis to break Mauritania’s ties to Israel and thereby win himself kudos at a popular level.
– Babak Shahrvandi (Global Arab Network) | Online organising – critical tool for advancing democracy in Iran | In a recent speech on Internet freedom, United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton called “online organising” a “critical tool for advancing democracy” in Iran.
– Gregg Carlstrom (The Majlis) | Hosni promises free(r) and fair(er) elections | Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak said in an interview that any candidate “who can bring benefit to Egypt and its people” can take part in the 2011 election.
– David Kenner (Foreign Policy) | Interview: Mohamed ElBaradei | The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize laureate speaks up about the Bush administration, Iran, and his rumored bid to become the next president of Egypt.
– [Update] Marwan Bishara (Imperium, Al Jazeera Blogs) | On Osama to Obama | Osama bin Laden must be laughing his head off. As soon as he reportedly releases an audio tape of a poorly written note by him or one of his companions, droves of ‘terrorologists’, think-tankers, specialised linguists and war journalists jump in to analyse each and every phrase in the hope of finding something new. Tip: Virtually Islamic.