The scourge of the cell phones...(Updated)
Technological advances are changing the shape of Middle East politics, or at least they've added a new dimension to how scandals get depicted to the viewing public. From Junbulatt's embarassing utterances to scenes of mob violence, images and videos taken by cell phones are a never-ending source of scandal to the gossip-whisperers of the region.
And now, a video surfaces of the brother of Iraq's minister of trade
In other news, Maliki's office has sent out directives punishing businesses that sell alcohol. There's also a move in parliament [led by party-pooper MP Layla al-Khafaji of the UIA, a Canadian citizen] to ban alcohol imports. Boy, that's going to put a damper on the partying. It is also clear that much of the partying is being done by the nouveau riche Islamists.
Here's the video, which I'm posting strictly for educational purposes:
UPDATE (Monday, May 25, 2009): The Minister of Trade submitted his resignation today.