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November 10, 2005


Ghurab al-Bain

Could have been a stray Iraqi still nursing a grudge at his really dishonest reporting from Al-Fallujah last year.

Jon Alterman

It's worth noting for those who don't know him that Ahmed is himself an Egyptian, so his criticism may ring especially raw in the eyes of some of the authorities.

Amy Hawthorne

And he had a recent kerfuffle concerning an interview with Kamal El Shazli...another notable elections tidbit is the 'defeat' of Ayman Nour...

Nur al-Cubicle

And Ayman Nour lost his seat in Egyptian elections.


There was an article a few days ago in al-Masri al-Youm about a kerfuffle between Mansour and Kamel il-Shazli, but unfortunately it isn't online. The Nour people have accused ig-Gazeera of having some sort of deal with the government so I'm interested to see how they cover his demise.

the aardvark

What are the odds that you and Amy both used the word "kerfuffle"? Did you two coordinate this, or was the word actually used in al-Masri al-Yom?

the aardvark

Definition of a kerfuffle, from a local source who is free to claim the story if s/he wants:

"But the story with Ahmed Mansour and Kamal Al Shazli was hiliarious. Shazli basically stood Mansour up for a live interview (Bila hudud) - Mansour was forced to resort to calling Safwat Sherif's mobile and Al Shazli's son's mobile to track him down...no one was answering, and when they finally did they kept saying he was 'at the office working late'"

And that was *before* the thugs beat him up outside his office.


actually, "kerfuffle" derives from "kafilfil," which is Arabic for "as pepper."

Nur al-Cubicle

Wha! The Scots-Arabic connection! Who knew!

Etymology: alteration of carfuffle, from Scots car- (probably from Scottish Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward) + fuffle to become disheveled.

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