The Blog Roll

1. Last week, 25-year-old Maikel Nabil Sanad ( was slapped with three years’ imprisonment for criticizing Egypt’s army. Speculation is that his Coptic Christian background and pro-Israel positions made him a soft target.

2. Award-winning journalist Wael Abbas ( made waves by posting videos of police brutality and mob harassment of women, and was among the first online voices to call for revolt, on January 25.

3. Mahmoud Salem ( writes in English with a heavy dose of snark and a decidedly pro-Western slant.

4. Fiery married couple Manal Hassan and Alaa Abdel Fattah’s ( widely read, anti-Mubarak postings have kept them on the government’s watch list since 2008.

5. Revolutionary socialist activist Hossam el-Hamalawy ( mouths off in English about labor issues, foreign affairs, and Egypt’s repressive State Security, which tortured him when he was a student. He is devoutly anti-Israel and has called Obama “the butcher of Afghanistan and Iraq.”

6. One of Egypt’s boldest bloggers during the Mubarak era, Kareem Amer ( was released from prison in November after serving nearly four years for criticizing Mubarak and Islam. Recently, he called for the ouster of Egypt’s military rulers.

The Blog Roll