Big Nanny and Big Brother

This Vanity Fair article by Scott Anderson is one of the finest piece of reporting on Egypt I have ever read -- the kind of article that makes you want to go out and shoot anyone driving a Jeep Cherokee. It lays bare everything that terrifies elite Egyptians or should be keeping them up at night.

(Thanks Josh).

Update: Well Matthew beat me to it on this one and has a different take. Such are the problems with intercontinental blogging.

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,