Menafeeds | Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, RAND, Digital Utopianism
– Iqbal Akhund (Dawn) | Secularism vs Islamism | In a recent TV debate on this subject, the applause meter would have given the win to Islamism. The debaters, three on each side, faced a small mixed audience — quite a few girls, many wearing hijabs, also young men in jeans and a handful of beards. [Hat tip: Tabsir]
– Marwan Bishara (Imperium) | Lieberman is dying to say it | When Europe’s blood pressure went up over the use of fake European passports in the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, changed his line from ambiguity to deniability. There is no proof of Israeli involvement, he retorted. And that is that.
– Bikya Masr | Blog of the week: Who is going to win Dr. El Baradei, the government or the opposition? | I do know when both the state-owned and independent Media would learn how to respect the mentality of the Egyptian viewers, where the Egyptian media presumes that the Egyptian viewers’ memory is short and weak […]. [Il post è tradotto -piuttosto ‘al volo’ mi pare- da Omraneya. Un po’ confusionario forse, ma pur sempre un egiziano/a scettico/a su al-Barade’i. Vale una lettura.]
– Joas Wagemakers (Jihadica) | Is RAND in Bed with Extreme Takfiris? | As regular readers of jihadi literature know, the RAND Corporation is no friend of al-Qa‘ida. Supporters of the latter have a tendency to blame RAND for trying to destroy them and the rest of the world’s Muslims into the bargain.
– Evgeny Mozorov (WSJ) | The Digital Dictatorship | A storm of protest hit Google last week over Buzz, its new social networking service, because of user concerns about the inadvertent exposure of their data. Internet users in Iran, however, were spared such trouble. [Piano piano c’è arrivato anche lui. Un po’ di tempo fa, invece, parlava con disinvoltura e sicurezza di Twitter Revolution in Moldova. Quindi ammesso per questa volta, ma con riserva]