The hitlist

Sandmonkey reports that a previously unknown Islamist group has sent emails targeting a wide range of people, many of them Egyptians, with death threats. The list includes Muslim secularist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Coptic activist Adly Abadir, Muslim thinkers Gamal Al Banna and Ahmad Mansour, and more. As one comment on Sandmonkey's site puts it, "that's some heavy shit."

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,