Site update

If you're seeing this post it means the migration from self-hosted Wordpress installation to's new home at Squarespace has taken place without problems. This move will enable me to concentrate more on posting and less on technical maintenance, and we hope to introduce some new sections focusing on books and reviews soon. There will inevitably be some kinks to work out, so please be patient. 

On another note, at the beginning of 2010 our sub-site Arabawy finally broke off altogether. Hossam, an ardent open-source advocate, wanted to stay with Wordpress. Good luck to him at, where he'll continue giving some of the best information on the left and labour movements in Egypt, and some of the most abysmal Scandinavian heavy metal videos. I'm glad Hossam — whom I spent over a year trying to convince blogging was worth it — has become such an ardent advocate of social media and web technologies. 


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,