BBC Radio Documentary on Mubarak's Egypt, Part One

The BBC World Service has put up the first part of an excellent documentary piece on Egypt's current predicament, looking at the Mubarak era, the role of the military in it, and many more things. It really delves into questions rarely probed in depth by most journalists, notably the important role played by the military in the economy and its lingering political power. This first part deals mostly with the features of the Mubarak regime, and the next one will tackle the question of presidential succession.

Highly recommended, and also read this companion peace, Egyptians look to military 'saviour'

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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, www.arabist.net.