Monday, November 23, 2009

Opium of the people

Very interesting account of how the Egyptian media engaged in deliberate stoking of tensions with Algeria before and after last week's World Cup qualifier in Khartoum. Which serves as an illustration of the way that "rage" in the Arab media can be turned on and off, with Israel as the usual subject. Predictably, the soccer rantings included a claim that the Algerians were fronting for the Israelis.

The Ireland-France tensions over Le Main de Thierry are not quite as heated of course, but the question is going to be whether the minds of ministers were busy with foreign quarrels as the flood waters rose in Cork and Galway.

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