Monday links


  • Egypt’s Mubarak reported to be in a coma (CNN)
  • The Netanyahu paradox (Vanity Fair)
  • Vogue regrets Asma al-Assad profile (NY Times)
  • Syrian National Council picks secular Kurdish academic as new leader (AP)
  • P5+1 political directors meet in Strasbourg on Iran (State Department)
  • Russian FM Sergei Lavrov to Tehran Wednesday ahead of Moscow nuclear talks (Al-Arabiya)
  • Iran’s Ali Bagheri writes EU negotiator again to press for agenda-meeting (IRNA)
  • Iran talks: time for a bold new approach? (Imran Khan; back story: Al Monitor)
  • Iran bans women from watching public screenings of Euro 2012 soccer games (AFP)
  • Opponents to Iraq PM Maliki fail to muster majority for no-confidence vote (AP)
  • Two years on, Mavi Marmara still stands in way of improved Turkey-Israel political ties (New Yorker)
  • Second-term Obama wouldn’t push Middle East peace unless certain Netanyahu wants deal (Ryan Lizza/New Yorker)


(Photo: Free Syrian Army members, with covered faces and holding weapons, sit by the side of a street in Qaboun district, Damascus June 11, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer.)