Am in Rome. Doing as the Romans do. Probably no posts until Tuesday.

(Italian readers might catch me on various TV stations and Italian newspapers talking about the Muslim Brotherhood, though. One TV interviewer -- from RAI 24 News -- handed me a mike, pointed the camera at me, and started the interview by simply saying: "Islam and democracy." That's the shot of me laughing out loud.)

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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,