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.
Recently leaked diplomatic cables reveal that America's staunchest Arab ally—and the second-largest recipient of American military aid—is tenaciously resisting U.S. pleas to reform its military strategy to meet 21st-century threats.
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.