Shukair’s “My cousin Condoleeza”

"Ma cousine Condoleezza : Et autres nouvelles" (Mahmoud Shukair)

Click below for Le Monde’s review of Palestinian writer Mahmoud Shukair “My cousin Condoleeza and other stories”, originally released in Arabic and now available in French. And here’s a review of his previous collection of stories, Mordechai’s Mustache and His Wife’s Cats. Continue reading Shukair’s “My cousin Condoleeza”

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CNN and the Khalidi affair

This is an actual sentence from a CNN report on Sarah Palin attacking Barack Obama over his relationship with eminent Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi:

Khalidi has been a stern critic of United States foreign policy towards Israel and has accused the country of “occupying” Palestinian territories, but he has denied acting as a spokesman for the PLO.

How dare Khalidi suggest that Israel may be “occupying” (let’s use quote marks to underline the outrageousness of it all) Palestinian territories? As Philip Weiss says, this is the result of the disastrous effect of the Israel lobby and the skittishness with which US media approach the issue. But I’m sure Wolf Blitzer, former AIPAC lobbyist, will look into that.

Incidentally, the Khalidi business does make Obama look bad – it along with other decisions to distance himself from former friends makes him look like he’s opportunistic and ready to dump his friends at the drop of a hat.

On a related note: Joe the Zionist.

Unmarried blues

Just saw this Washington Post interview with the Egyptian spinster who has made a success out of her (lack of) marital status. I kept looking for the book عازة اتجوز (“I Wanna Get Married”) in bookstores in Cairo last summer, after friends mentioned it to me. It was always sold out. Hopefully I’ll find it at Christmas. In the meantime, I’m checking out the blog. The book sounds fun and certainly topical. It seems to be part of an interesting proliferation of quite provocative how-to books in Aameya.

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New book on Egypt, “Egypt between democracy and Islamism”

Another new book about Egypt in the twilight of the Mubarak era has come out:

"L’Egypte entre démocratie et islamisme : Le système Moubarak à l’heure de la succession" (Jean-Noël Ferrié)

I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet, but from the blurb it looks at how the “Mubarak system” works and its success in preventing a much-anticipated social explosion. For a look a Ferrié’s approach to Egypt, see this article [PDF], from November 2006.

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