Curfew nights and blood-stained days

by Naomi Colvin

Today’s Guardian includes a long article by Ahdaf Soueif on Egypt since the fall of Mubarak. Despite being part history, part personal recollection and part sigh for what-could-have-been, it’s the clearest introduction to that very complex situation I’ve seen. I was already sold by the time I got to this bit, near the end:

Also not ours is the confrontation between the official Egyptian media and the old, frayed governments of the west; the Britain that arrests Green party MP Caroline Lucas for taking part in an environmental protest, the US that persecutes the journalist Barrett Brown and convicts Bradley Manning have nothing of value for us. The common struggle of young people everywhere is against the elites enforcing a corrupt system that’s sending the world to hell. It’s just that in some countries, like the UK, there’s more of a margin for life, a margin for doing things without getting shot.

The other article on Egypt I’ve enjoyed reading this week is Mike Giglio and Christopher Dickey’s profile of General Abdel al-Sisi for the Daily Beast. But read the Soueif first.