Baheyya on Ismail Sabri Abdallah

It's about two weeks old, but Baheyya has written a beautiful portrait of the recently deceased Marxist intellectual and public servant (in the best sense of the term) Ismail Sabri Abdullah.

I wish Baheyya would write more these days, but then again things are so much more depressing than they were last year. I can't blame her for hibernating.

Update: Al Ahram Weekly also has pieces on Abdullah here and here.

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,