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Two tidbits from Egypt
Funny: According to Perry Link in the New York Review of Books (24 March, p. 22),

a few of the protesters' signs in Tahrir Square --- "Mubarak Go!" and "The Egyptian People Demand Mubarak Resign" --- were written in Chinese.

Not funny: According to a poll (http://pewglobal.org/2010/12/02/muslims-around-the-world-divided-on-hamas-and-hezbollah/), 84% of Egyptian Muslims believe in the death penalty for apostasy. If I learned that 84% of American Catholics believed in chopping off the heads of people who left the Church, I would be skeptical of the prospects for American democracy.