Sarah A. Topol

Egypt Bombing Raises Fears of More Sectarian Attacks

The new year began in the Arab world's most populous country with an explosion of long-simmering sectarian tensions. Thirty minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, during a New Year's Eve mass, a bomb exploded in front of Saints Church in the northern port city of Alexandria, killing 21 worshipers and injuring about 100 others in the deadliest attack on Egypt's Christian minority in more than a decade.

Election Sweep Boosts Mubarak

With the results of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Egypt, the regime of President Hosni Mubarak sent a powerful message that it will brook no dissent as the country moves toward a possible presidential transition as early as next year.

A New Campaign for Succession in Egypt

Election season in Egypt is turning into a mysterious time. In recent weeks, posters reading GAMAL MUBARAK: THE DREAM OF THE POOR have sprung up in impoverished neighborhoods across the country. The odd thing is that Gamal's father, octogenarian President Hosni Mubarak, has never once hinted at what, or who, might follow his reign.