Menafeeds | Egypt, Mossad, Zuckerberg
– Issandr el Amrani (The Arabist) | Heroes, or a riff on recent Egypt news | So Mubarak had a gall bladder operation, or at least some sort of operation, and everything is fine and dandy — well aside from an 81-year-old undergoing an operation is never quite routine. We’ll spare you the indignation that he went abroad, to the Krauts of all people (second operation in Germany), to carry out a supposedly routine operation. It’s not a disparaging attitude towards the fine local military hospitals, it’s concern about whether he can trust his doctor not to have a sudden attack of patriotism.
– Amro Hassan, Ramin Mostaghim (Babylon&Beyond) | EGYPT: Mubarak aims to cool off enthusiasm for Mohamed ElBaradei | Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s first public reaction to the political reaction that surrounded Mohamed ElBaradei’s return to Egypt seems to have been a very spontaneous attempt to remind everyone that dramatic political changes in the country are likely to take place in the near future.
– As’ad AbuKhalil (Al Jazeera) | Mossad: Might or myth? | The assassination of Mahmoud Mabhouh, a Hamas commander, in Dubai is a watershed moment in the long history of the Mossad. Israeli officials who ordered the assassination did something that Zionists have always done – underestimate their Arab opponents. In his first impressions of Arabs, David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli prime minister, compared them to children.
– [And, on a completely unrelated note: la storia di Facebook appare sempre meno chiara] Nicholas Carson (Business Insider) | In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg Broke Into A Facebook User’s Private Email Account | This is the story of how, in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the email accounts of two Harvard Crimson reporters using data obtained from TheFacebook.com’s logs. The details are drawn from a broader investigation of the origins of Facebook, the sourcing of which is described here.