the twice-weekly MENA think tank webjournal's miscellaneous web dispatches
Americans were rooting for Egyptian protesters but, at the same time, they were helping to prop up Mubarak by participating in an American system that proudly promotes American hegemony by backing guys like him. The big contradiction in how Americans see our role in the world, obvious for so long to people in Africa and Asia and the Middle East, was finally becoming clear to us.
The first political scandal of Egypt’s fledgling electoral democracy erupted on Monday after an Islamist lawmaker was expelled from his ultraconservative party for fabricating a story that he was viciously beaten by masked gunmen. Doctors said that in fact the bandages on his face covered up plastic surgery on his nose.
Would you fake your own kidnapping to get a nosejob?
Apparently, this Egyptian MP would. NYT.