The coming Cairo autumn

 

My latest column at al-Masri al-Youm, touching on the Ibrahim Eissa affair, is now up. It looks back at the political opening of 2005, its subsequent reversal, and wonders whether the most lasting gain of the "Cairo spring" — media freedom — is now under threat.

David Kenner talked to Eissa over at Foreign Policy.

Bonus post theme song: David Bowie — Five Years

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.