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I honestly don’t read many blogs – severe lack of time being the primary reason. Hence, my blogroll remains stagnant unless one of my gentle readers comments and leads me back to their house. So, for Blog Day, I decided to highlight some blogs that I only get to read now and then but which all of you should be reading every day. The first one is desi-driven but all the rest are Iranian bloggers writing in English.

Here’s a Happy Blog Day to You. Enjoy the Punch.

Sunday Reading for Dog Days

Saw the 40 year old Virgin recently. Best abstinence propoganda ever made [only if the Xtian Right can overlook the nudity, insanely hilarious bad language and winking adoration of gays]. No reviews I read had pointed out the two desi scene-stealers [Shelly Malil and the awesome Gerry Bednob] who were like the anti-matter to Wes Anderson’s Kumar Pallana. Incidentally, am I wrong in thinking that Gerry Bednob was Babu’s friend on Seinfeld? And, Google proves me right!

  • Had a conversation recently with phdcs about Indian history textbooks – where I used the example of American History 101 textbook as a template. Intriguingly, Boston Globe directed me towards Robert Orill and Linn Shapiro’s From Bold Beginnings to an Uncertain Future: The Discipline of History and History Education. The teaching of history is only as dear to my heart as history itself. I look forward to the debate on this at HNN.
  • Kathryn Hughes reviews Lizzie Collingham’s Curry: A Biography. Another commodity history. Leave something for me, please.
  • Martha Bayles talks about the Good, Bad and the Ugly Americans. American popular culture is no longer a beacon of freedom to huddled masses in closed societies. Instead, it’s a glut on the market and, absent any countervailing cultural diplomacy, our de facto ambassador to the world.
  • This plus this equals some Beckettian snark.
  • Alan Dershowitz, Norman Finklestein and writing the history of Holocaust in the Chicago Reader [pdf].
  • A few blog highlights: Raven at Reality Cafe had a post on Ludo which send me to the archive. So look forward to the history of parcheesi tomorrow. Baraka at Truth & Beauty had a post on her mother that is worth your time. Danial has a great post on Jama’at-i Islami, Madrasas, MQM and Karachi that is a must-read [in Urdu]. There is lots to say about it and I think I will in the coming week.
  • Speaking of Madrasas in Pakistan.
  • Finally, the endgame begins – for better or worse.

Unrelated: Go England!. Did I really just type that? I need therapy, stat.

Dear Mr. Brooks

In your 8/25 column, Divided They Stand, you conclude:

But when you get Galbraith and Gerecht in the same mood, you know something important has happened. The U.S. has orchestrated a document that is organically Iraqi.

It’s their country, after all.

However in your entire piece there is not a single quote from any actual Iraqi who may or may not have any opinion on the constitution. As I see it, you have demonstrated the myopia of the American enterprise in Iraq perfectly – American analysts talking about perceptions in the American media as counter spin in an American op-ed for American audience.

Since you couldn’t find any "IRAQI" to tell you anything about what that constitution means to them, I really fail to see your conclusion. I take your words of esteem for "Peter W. Galbraith, a former United States ambassador to Croatia, and smart Iraq analyst, Reuel Marc Gerecht, formerly of the C.I.A. and now at the American Enterprise Institute" but I doubt that they call Iraq their country.

If you would like to get the Baghdad street view of the Constitution, perhaps you can call someone who is 1. An Iraqi 2. In Baghdad 3. Involved in the Constitution making process. THEN, you can conclude whether the Iraqi constitution is organic or not.

cheers,
m.