Hosni of Borg

"It is futile."

President Hosni Mubarak on the opposition's call for constitutional reform.

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."

The Borg, in Star Trek The Next Generation.

"My election manifesto has been announced and exists and is applied every day, for I'm not new to the scene and my acts are my manifesto."

President Hosni Mubarak on his campaign program.

"I will continue, aboard this ship, to speak for the Borg. While they continue, without further diversion, to Sector 001, where they will force your unconditional surrender."

Locutus of Borg.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.