AL AOUR, Egypt — Death is everywhere in Al Aour. When a video surfaced late Sunday showing Islamic State fighters beheading 21 men in Libya, it seemed no family here was spared. Thirteen of the victims hailed from this dusty Egyptian town, roughly three hours south of Cairo.
The Nile River and its Delta provide a home for about 97 percent of Egypt’s population, even though the river and delta form less than 5 percent of the country’s land area. This image, taken on October 13, 2012 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite shows a nighttime view. The VIIRS captured this image using its “day-night band”; this detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. It uses filtering techniques to observe signals such as gas flares, auroras, wildfires, city lights, and reflected moonlight.
Lights are abundant along the full length of the river, though the brightest lights are around Cairo. Away from the lights, the land and water appear black. As the image was acquired near the time of the new Moon, very little moonlight was available to brighten the land and water surfaces.
CAIRO — “Look at this: Freedom!” said veteran Egyptian cartoonist Amro Selim in Arabic, pointing at the irreverent drawings of Maurice “Sine” Sinet, once a cartoonist for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo: caricatures of the pope and Jesus, toilet humor, as well as plenty of nudes. “You could never draw this in the Arab World,” he said.
Selim manages the cartoons department of the popular Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm. In Egypt, political cartoons not only chronicle the day’s news and moods but often represent the most forceful political commentary in an environment where opposition voices tend to be stifled.