Leslie T. Chang lived in China for a decade as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She is a recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize. She is currently based in Cairo.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has used lethal force to stamp out dissent; reports of abuse and torture are widespread. But as I discovered in interviews with leading Egyptian talk show hosts and newspaper editors, they regard the defining feature of Sisi’s administration—the use of state-sanctioned violence and politicized trials to maintain order and crush its opponents—with near-unanimous approval.