O Muammar

I think I just saw Muammar Qadhafi of Libya at the group photo at the end of the G8 summit wearing the most elegant rich, velvety, burgundy curtain — embroidered in gold of course — that I have ever seen. I wonder who is his haberdasher, or did he steal it off the windows of an Italian palazzo?

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.