A less-than-diplomatic tweet from the US embassy in Cairo did not go over well in Egypt. Worse, perhaps, was its effort to make amends.
While the overall economic picture for Egypt is a gloomy one, a tiny, fabulously wealthy class remains that continues to prosper despite the grimmest economic conditions in decades.
Egypt needs IMF money to stay afloat, but the international lender is demanding tough subsidy cuts from an already-embattled government.
The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt has teamed up with Iran, Russia, and the Vatican to oppose a UN draft proposal on reducing violence against women on moral grounds.
The Muslim Brotherhood of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has greeted a UN proposal designed to reduce violence against women with unabashed horror.
Egypt's economic problems do have a possible solution: politics. But Egypt's politicians are failing.
Some protesters demanded President Morsi's ouster as they clashed with police on the anniversary of Mubarak's fall. Deepening economic woes and violence have marred Morsi's short tenure.
When Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt, torture of suspects and citizens was commonplace among Egypt's police. Under President Mohamed Morsi, not much has changed.
Morsi visited with a business delegation in hopes of boosting economic ties. But Germany issued a travel warning about Egypt, and Chancellor Merkel said nothing about loan forgiveness.
When the head of Egypt's military starts darkly warning of state collapse, it's time to worry.