Egypt’s communication systems are slowly coming back to life after a weekend-long blackout of email and cell phone networks. Even with the shutdown of communication lines images and reports flowed out of Egypt since Friday as the popular movement against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, a movement that seems to transcend class, religious and political distinctions, grows in size and scope. There are tons of unanswered questions: what will the leadership of the protesters look like, as it’s still unclear on who, if anyone, is calling the shots; will Hosni Mubarak ever relinquish power voluntarily or will he have to be forced out; what role does the military play, as they are assumed to be loyal to the Egyptian president but they have not yet cracked down on protesters; and what will Egypt’s next government look like? We take a look at the uncertain future of Egypt from the middle of the action in Cairo.
Ashraf Khalil, senior reporter for Al Masry Al Youm English edition in Cairo; reporter for the Times of London and Foreign Policy magazine