Month: January 2011

There are reports that Egypt has shut down the Internet completely. AFP reported that Internet service was down in Cairo this morning, ahead of mass protests by activists who have been using the web to organize anti-government demonstrations. At least before it was cut, the Arabist was able to send out what I’m certain is […]

Five minutes. That’s how long the meeting between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and PM-designate Najib Mikati lasted yesterday. An-Nahar newspaper described the encounter as “extremely cold.” C’mon, RiRi, didn’t anyone ever tell you? Life is not a contest, it’s a journey. And more importantly, the only way you’re going to be able to continue […]

Egyptian rapper Ramy Donjewan is offering up an explosive track against the Mubarak regime. The song is called “Ded el-7kooma,” or “Against the government.” Protesters in Egypt, apparently inspired by the “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia, took to the streets on Monday to call for the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak and for serious reforms. And […]

The only thing better than Michael Jackson (R.I.P, MJ) is a Michael Jackson song medley by this boy: Sam Tsui. This kid is INCREDIBLE. I’ve previously posted his take on Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Oh hey, your Thursday just got better…

The hunt is on for a mystery soldier believed to be serving in Afghanistan who apparently misdialed his girlfriend’s number and left a marriage proposal on the wrong answering machine. The British soldier left a 90-second message on the phone of a 44-year-old mother of three from the UK. The message is emotional, heartfelt and […]

“This is do or die. The most important thing to do is to keep meeting them,” Mustafaf Youssef, a college student in Egypt who marched with friends through various protests told The New York Times. The events unfolding in Egypt are incredible: they are the largest anti-government protests in three decades. And despite a serious […]

CNN senior international correspondent Nic Robertson interviews Lebanon’s new Prime Minister Najib Mikati, and he’s asking some hard-hitting questions. “You’re being called the Hezbollah prime minister, how do you respond to that?” Take a look… Here are some of the highlights from Mikati’s responses during the interview: “One, there is an international resolution and this […]