Why Egypt Remains a Riddle

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak isn't known for levity. But on May 21, the stocky former air force general looked on beside his clapping wife, Suzanne, while several hundred guests, including much of the Egyptian political and business elite, bumped and ground to the raucous music of popular singer Amr Diab in a makeshift amphitheater overlooking the Red Sea. Despite Egypt's increasing Islamic tinge, liquor flowed freely. The blowout was the high point of a World Economic Forum meeting in the resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

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