The ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital after his heart stopped. He was transferred from the Torah prison hospital to a military hospital, and was understood to be in a coma on Tuesday night.
Egypt is suffering under worse conditions now than under Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, Mohamed ElBaradei has told the Guardian, and it is on the brink of allowing a "new emperor" to establish total domination over the country.
Egypt, a Cairo wit quipped recently, is "lost in transition". The serious point is that although Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011, the country's progress from autocracy to democracy has been halting and complicated by tensions, divisions and violence at every turn.
When Yemen's long-term dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to silence Tawakkul Karman, he called in her brother.
If petrol bombs were being thrown in St Marks Square in Venice, or outside the British Museum, what would reports say? We would never stop hearing about the threat to humanity's cultural heritage.