When Cairo, the city that never sleeps, grinds to a halt
The prospects of going back to normal look grim as divisions in Egypt only deepen.
The first thing I noticed that had changed in Cairo since my last visit in 2008 was the lack of traffic jams. At the height of the morning rush hour, it was a quick trip from the airport to Tahrir Square. “The city is dead,” the locals say. It used to be impossible to move in the city or cross a street on foot. Now Cairo is despondent.