Sunday, July 03, 2005

New Group Blog On Mid-East Culture, Politics, etc.

'Aqoul, which apparently means "Camel's Thorn" although the significance of that reference still escapes me, is a group blog in English that has just launched. After just a few days, it already has six longish posts up, ranging from a review of a ludicrous chick-lit depiction of Middle-Eastern men to an analysis of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Gulf Coast States as occasioned by Saudi proposed land bridge between the UAE and Qatar. From what little I know of the pseudonymous contributors, they tend to be business-types (one academic-type) who have been working in or on the region for some years. The site is well-designed, the articles written grammatically, and the content engaging. One to check out! (via Collounsbury)

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