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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Friday, September 09, 2005

Egyptian Sandmonkey in The Globe and Mail

My interview with the Canadian newspaper the Globe and mail is finally published and online. Sitting at his computer terminal in the tree-lined Cairo neighbourhood of Zamalek, the man who calls himself Sandmonkey sees little to get enthused about. To him, Egypt isn't really getting more open and democratic; the ruling regime is just getting smarter about how it presents itself to the West. Instead of holding single-candidate referendums as in 1987, 1993 and 1999 -- which saw Mr. Mubarak returned with 90-per-cent-plus results that were scorned internationally -- he and many other denizens of Egypt's vibrant "blogosphere" say they believe the regime is going through the motions of a rigged election so the 77-year-old strongman can be a more palatable friend to his allies in Washington. Mediawhore, moi? Blasphemy! Read the whole thing!


At 9/09/2005 08:07:00 AM, Anonymous brenda said...

Investment banker? Hmmmmm. I had no idea :) Nice article.

At 9/09/2005 08:30:00 AM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Well, they know almost where you live, what you do for a living....

You might consider moving, if you don't want that October number to be 20,001.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 9/09/2005 09:22:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

As a Canadian, I can confirm that the Globe and Mail is Canada's most respected paper on both sides of the culture war. It is Canada's version of the New York Times only a bit more centrist.

Congrats media-whore! Now you just need a reference in the Simpsons and you are complete

At 9/09/2005 10:35:00 AM, Blogger stefania said...

Wow!!!! I'm going to report it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You go, Sam!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sam for President of Egypt!!!!! :))

At 9/09/2005 12:19:00 PM, Blogger Happy Bushra said...

Congrats Ya Sam on the article... Keep up the good work

At 9/09/2005 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't out-and-out disagree with anything Jordan wrote re: The Globe and Mail, but...

The Globe and Mail has tacked increasingly left in the last decade, ever since a right-leaning rival, The National Post, was formed. Is it more centrist than the NYT? Maybe, I wouldn't pretend to be able to quantify that. It hews pretty closely to international consensus media: left-leaning, pro-UN, anti-US. They get a lot of their international news from Guardian news service and I think I recall that their publisher used to work at the Guardian.

It is certainly the major paper in Canada (though the Toronto Star might have a higher circulation, I'm not sure).

At 9/09/2005 05:12:00 PM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

I think Anonymous has a point, but I still see G&M as centrist, or atleast much less left-wing as the National Post (which is also a good read) is right-wing.

When it comes to social issues, probably more left. When it comes to fiscal issues, it is clearly to the right. But the paper is less prone to idiological biaus than Conrad Black's former empire (poor guy)

Also, Canada is much more liberal than America (we are essentially San-Fransisco but alot less fun).

Either way, it is the best choice for hard news in Canada. Toronto Star is more low-brow and definately more left-wing.


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