Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ye Olde Pulpit

All the US understands nowadays is ka-boom or the bully pulpit. 4 hours of talks with the Iranians and Chester Crocker did nothing but lecture. Maybe in a week he and Hassan Kazemi Qomi will actually talk. I'm not holding my breath. On the other hand, it could have been ye olde dogue and pony show for the US publick.

However, this was comforting: Premier al-Maliki (inasmuch as he'll last until the end of the week) declared that Iraq would not be used as a springboard for aggression aimed at neighboring states.


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