March 12, 2007

Please Welcome the Sandmonkey

by Michael J. Totten

I'm working in Iraqi Kurdistan right now on a consulting job that isn't writing related, so I won't be able to blog full time for a bit. When the consulting job ends I intend to stick around, though, and do some text and video blogging.

The Egyptian Sandmonkey is going to help me out as a guest blogger in the meantime. Give him a big welcome, and please be nice in the comments. I'll see you here as time allows.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 12, 2007 12:43 AM

Sighhhhhhh. Lately I must confess I've been finding myself thinking "Leba-who?" "I s'pose it's still 'portant."

Posted by: Kevin at March 12, 2007 07:42 AM

So what exactly is this consulting job, anyhoo? Will you tell us when it's over? Or are you enwebbed in nondisclosure agreements?

Posted by: glasnost at March 12, 2007 07:50 AM

Banking. Money. Portability. Security.

Posted by: OregonGuy at March 12, 2007 08:24 AM

Greetings Sandmonkey! How is life in Egypt these days?

Posted by: mary at March 12, 2007 08:49 AM

Yep, gotta love the Sandmonkey! WELCOME, and I hope your computer is fixed soon. But seriously now.....getta Mac! ;-)

Posted by: Renée C. at March 12, 2007 09:17 AM

Egypt and Kareem and What next?


Cairo, 12 March (AKI) - The lawyer of the first Egyptian blogger to receive a four year prison sentence for his web writings has said he will take the case to the Supreme Court. "We have no option but to go to the Supreme Court, and will do so as soon as possible," Ahmed Saif, lawyer for Nabil Kareem Soleiman, told Adnkronos International (AKI). His comments were made shortly after an appeals court on Monday confirmed the sentence handed down for Kareem, whose case has attracted international attention.

"The appeal court has confirmed what the first grade court decided, the conviction for incitement to hatred against Islam and slander of the president of the republic," Seif explained, "and as a result has not altered the sentence, which remains four years."

The news of the conviction of Kareem, 22, from Alexandria, spread like wildfire around the main internet sites and Egyptian blogs. Rights activists believe the sentence sets a dangerous precedent which may open up to persecution of bloggers.

"Kareem was in the court but I was unable to talke to him" the lawyer added. "There was a huge crowd of supporters and journalists . We lodged the request and hope to be able to meet our client this week or the next," he added.

After the initial sentence, which was widely criticised at home and abroad as a blow to freedom of expression, the Cairo authorities defended the decision and railed against what they called "meddling in the internal affairs of the country."

Mar-12-07 17:14

What kind of chance will this poor guy have at the Supreme Court?

Posted by: Renée C. at March 12, 2007 09:27 AM

Oops, sorry about the italics being messed up in the previous post, grrrrrrr. Obviously, a Mac won't cure everything, sigh.

Posted by: Renée C. at March 12, 2007 09:28 AM

Israel envoy recalled over bondage gear street shame

I told that bitch to suck it, not bite it. Shit!

Posted by: abraham at March 12, 2007 11:09 AM

My absolute two favorite bloggers...the SaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaandMonkey and Mr. Trotten. I won't miss a word.

Posted by: carey94tt at March 12, 2007 07:32 PM

Welcome, Mr. Sandmonkey,

I have visited your blog when time permits.

The Hobo

Posted by: robohobo at March 12, 2007 09:35 PM

Welcome Sam!

Sandmonkey’s blog is incisive, engaging, thought provoking and above all, funny.

Michael, great guest writer choice.

Posted by: Zak at March 12, 2007 09:37 PM


I look forward to your wit and wisdom.

Much love,

Red Tulips

Posted by: Red Tulips at March 13, 2007 12:29 PM

Good to see you visiting over in these parts, Sandmonkey! Welcome!

Posted by: bandarlog at March 13, 2007 11:51 PM

Why anyone would pay for such "reporting" is beyond me. Sometimes I wonder why people like you even bother travelling at all, when all you seem to do is confirm your preconceived notions and grovel for paypal donations. It's actually kind of sickening.

Just out of curiosity, what would anyone pay to have you do "consulting" for them about? How to act like an "expert" on the Middle East when you actually don't know anything about the region that couldn't be gleaned from a guide book and can't even speak the language?

People like you are part of the problem.

Posted by: paul at March 14, 2007 12:58 AM

paul: Michael Totten is not grovelling for money. He's very open about what he does and why and no-one is forced or even begged to pay.

Now if you had an interest in truth, even if you are at a different end of the belief spectrum, you would want to know who would pay Michael and for what. Instead you come here with your slurs, guaranteeing you will learn nothing.

If I had to choose between your outlook, whatever that is and Michael's, he is the more reasonable and the one I would be more inclined to believe.

Posted by: greenmamba at March 14, 2007 07:12 AM

SM is everywhere.

Posted by: effyourself at March 15, 2007 08:43 PM

Welcome, Sam!

Posted by: Daniel in Brookline at March 19, 2007 05:53 PM
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