Media coverage of the demonstrations in Sudan has been scant here in Cairo as well as in the West. I know all my Egyptian colleagues are only paying strict attention to fast moving events in Egypt, and after that the drama playing out in Syria.
The liberalization measures of the past decade have never altered the fundamentals of this regime which makes the defiant turn out in the streets so striking.Abdallah Schleifer
I tried to find out more by calling Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi in Khartoum. El-Mahdi is a coordinator for the NGOs that manage to operate in Sudan, and is not partisan for any party. When he answered the phone he was standing in the street just outside of a police station, where his wife Dalia Rubi – an activist - was being held. Earlier in the evening the police had come to their home and arrested her; he isn’t allowed into the station and has no idea how long they will hold her.