There is some chance that 2011 will be the new 1989.  Cutting off the internet should signal to the populace that matters are dire and thus it may prove counterproductive.  Tullock might say it means they will start shooting soon.  It is difficult to put together a "Favorite Things Egyptian," at least for this American, once you get past Mahfouz and music.  Intellectually and culturally, Cairo has been punching below its weight for a long time.  Fortunately, there has been a resurgence in Egyptian cinema since 2007.  When I visited the country in the mid-1990s, I had an overwhelming impression of a cynical populace and a lot of cement.  Timur Kuran's work will rise in status and importance.  "Catch-up" remains the global story of the last ten to fifteen years.


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