Former President Mubarak was cleared of criminal charges related to the uprising that unseated him in 2011. As young activists filled Tahrir Square at the time, few imagined that just three years later a new military regime would again chain the press and civil society.
The Canadian man who shot dead a soldier at the country's war memorial in Ottawa yesterday is a classic 'lone wolf' – and a reason why state-led efforts to counter 'radicalization' and jihadi recruiters won't amount to much.
Turkey doesn't want to allow Turkish Kurds - most importantly members of the Marxist PKK - to go fight in Syria. But the PKK's fighters have proven most effective in resisting Islamic State advances in Iraq.