Alif no. 1

Alif, a new French-language online magazine on Egypt, has launched its first issue. Behind Alif is part the team that created the short-livedPetit Journal du Caire, as well as some of the people behind La Revue d'Egypte. Check out their content - including a weekly press review and articles on hash smoking among the Cairene intelligentsia and a profile of cyber-activist Wael Abbas.

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,