Violence against judges

Fifteen activists were arrested and one judge was beaten so badly he had to be hospitalized early this morning. The group was holding a sit-in in front of the Judges' Club in solidarity with the judges currently being threatened with expulsion for their demands for greater independence. This--physically attacking a judge--is dangerous esclation indeed. I have heard few details so far (it's a national holiday here today) but you can read the wire story here.

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.