The ferrane

This is a nicely written story about the role of public bakeries in traditional Moroccan life -- it made my mouth water at the thought of the tasty bread I grew up with. But it was slightly ruined for me towards the end with the author's dinner at Mohammed Benaissa, the hapless and reportedly quite corrupt foreign minister (and former ambassador to the US).

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,