From The Daily Briefing,

Take it away Mick: “Every where I heard the sound of marching, charging
peeeeople”. The (Beirut) Daily Star looks at the street fighting men
(women) who brought down the Syrian-backed Lebanese government, and
carries an
editorial,”Lebanon’s
youth electrifies hope for a new beginning”.

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”, to quote another poet of
the people, and in the Middle East that would be the entire population
of the West Bank. Saree Makdisi in the London Review of Books takes an up close and personal
look at the impact it is having on the lives of Palestinians.

Time for regime change in Iraq? According to the NY Timesthe
US State Department’s annual human rights abuse report cites Iraq
for torture, rape and illegal detentions. Strangely there is no mention
of Abu Gahraib, Guantanamo Bay nor “extraordinary rendition”. Maybe next
year.

And of course you are sick to death of reading the reminiscences of
every hack who every drank bourbon and shot a racoon with the late,
great Hunter S Thompson, but if you want a concise, elegant essay for
grown ups, try Louis Menand in The New Yorker,
then have a taste of some of the best
one-liners
from the man himself.

(And there are still a bunch of you Crikey subs who’ve put the wrong
address on our mailing list, which would explain why you are not getting
an email!)