Arab civilisation has not collapsed but the thuggish political, economic and religious mafias dominating the region are dying violently.
The least you’d expect of a disgraced politician is to bow out of the limelight. Not Silvio Berlusconi with his grandstanding and rent-a-crowd.
The acid attack on the Bolshoi ballet’s director highlights the worrying spread of organised crime and corruption to all facets of life in Russia.
Since the ‘Mubarak mafia’ were not outlaws but were the law, proving that Egypt’s lost billions were ill-gotten is an elusively difficult challenge.
Muammar Gaddafi and Silvio Berlusconi have something in common: delusions of grandeur that keep them desperately holding on to the reins of power.