July 19, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
6. If you are not Muslim, don't speak Arabic well, haven't read the basic texts of Islam or participated in services, haven't been to Iraq, and/or believed - for whatever reason - prior to the invasion that it was a smart, or at least reasonable, idea to invade Iraq - that is, if you can't answer "yes" to a decent number of my first five questions - then why should I bother to take seriously anything you might think to say?Meanwhile, right now it is a good idea to check in every day with Juan Cole, Mosaic (if you have satellite TV), Middle East Report.
Suggest others in the comments.
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I recently went to Lebanon to visit a friend (before the recent Israeli attack), and Jordan and Syria to meet with Iraqi refugees and activists.
Afterward the members of our peace group asked what blogs I regularly read. Number one was Juan Cole -- here's the rest of the list:
Other useful sites:
You can keep up with Faiza al-Arji (with whom we met in Amman; many stories of the trip at my site) at "A Family in Baghdad"
Salam Adil, an Iraqi in London, writes a weekly survey of Iraqi blogs, especially those in English which appears at his blog "Asterism" and at "Global Voices" which is a place that digests many areas of the world for English speakers.
Helena Cobban, a Quaker journalist who speaks Arabic and has lived in the Middle East, has consistently interesting commentary on many regional issues at "Just World News."
Professor Joshua Landis who spent most of last year in Syria with his Syrian wife provides a window on that country in "Syria Comment"-- and fierce controversy in his comments.
Also consistently interesting is Marc Lynch's commentary on Arabic language media at "Abu Aardvark."
For Lebanon I'd now add:
Posted by: janinsanfran at July 20, 2006 8:39 AM
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