Papers? What are they? They have none. They live in the shadows of the Pyramids. They walk through the ancient bazaars filled with familiar aromas: fresh baked bread, herb-scented clothing, and spice-filled air.
As much as it is an insult to our national dignity, the scandal over the sudden departure of the foreign defendants in the NGO case makes us face up to an important fact: Hosni Mubarak has fallen but the system he set up is still governing Egypt.
Neither the Egyptian people nor the international community should expect a velvet transition from dictatorship to democracy. But the new government in Cairo should work to smooth the transitional process and shorten the period of chaos and instability.
The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have revealed a broad-based, pro-democracy movement that is not driven by a single ideology or by religious extremists. What has occurred is not an attempt at an Islamist takeover, but a broad-based call.