Monthly Archives: February 2011

I’ve just watched the interview with Vice-President Omar Suleiman on television. There are a couple of concessions. Confirmation that Gamal Mubarak will not run for office; an offer to talk to the Muslim Brotherhood. But, overall, it struck me as an ominous interview. Read more

For the past week, there have been two big questions hanging over Egypt. First, just how ruthless is Mubarak prepared to be? Second, if he gives the order to shoot demonstrators – will the security forces obey? As I write, we seem to be getting the answer to the first question – with pro-Mubarak demonstrators on horseback and camels attacking the demonstrators in Tahrir Square. But who are these people? And what is the army doing? Read more