The news out of Egypt this week has been, and continues to be, important, fast-paced and at times overwhelming. It's a lot to keep up with, not least because information is often fragmentary, and smart people can disagree about what it means.
These are the people you should follow on Twitter to keep track of what's going on inside of Egypt (as well as within relevant circles in Washington), what it means, why it matters and how to think about it.
You should follow the whole list (built off an earlier version). But if this is too much, skip down to the general observers and start by following them, a great way to ease into Egypt coverage.
(1) Dalia Ezzat – High-volume, rises above the frays that usually dominate Egypt's Twittersphere
Hate the coup, El Sisi+condemn the massacre but to say the MB wanted a democratic&pluralistic Egypt/quote a sketchy poll is stretching it
— Dalia Ezzat (@DaliaEzzat_) August 16, 2013
(2) Bassem Sabry – Thoughtful, analytical, often funny
Coming weeks will not be a glittering & ideal time for Egypt. A lot of people will find themselves questioning their morals and principles.
— Bassem Sabry باسم (@Bassem_Sabry) July 3, 2013
(3) The Big Pharaoh – Pseudonymous blogger, acerbic and opinionated
Clashes in Ramsis square between civilians. Vey very stupid of them to converge there. Ramsis is hub of street vendors mafia.
— The Big Pharaoh (@TheBigPharaoh) August 16, 2013
(4) Mosa'ab el-Shamy – A photographer of breathtaking talent and, often, compassion; that's one of his up top
Updated my Rabaa flickr set with recent photos this morning of the massacre's aftermath: http://t.co/N2kvtxkClq
— Mosa'ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) August 15, 2013
(1) Sarah Carr – Live reporting, candid assessments of what it means
The military is prepared to use lethal force to protest an officers' club but churches are on their own. What shld we understand from this?
— المرشح أبو كار (@Sarahcarr) August 16, 2013
(2) Bel Trew – Always in the middle of the action
Protester tells me they want to make a sit-in at Ramsis &even if security forces clear it they'll come back everyday no matter how many die
— Bel Trew - بل ترو (@Beltrew) August 16, 2013
(3) Abigail Hauslohner – The Washington Post's own (see also Liz Sly, normally in Beirut but today in Cairo)
"Popular committees"--(in this case, anti-Morsi) armed neighborhood groups r out in streets 2 protect their areas. Reminiscent of Jan 2011
— Abigail Hauslohner (@ahauslohner) August 16, 2013
(4) Lauren Bohn – Well-sourced with Islamists of all stripes
Only comment frm MBhood re sectarian FB posts http://t.co/eWnZTz8iMM "false accts publishing justifications," but this one created 2yrs ago
— Lauren Bohn (@LaurenBohn) August 16, 2013
(5) Evan Hill – Insightful, connects minute-to-minute developments to the big picture
Egyptian and US realities reaching point of zero overlap. http://t.co/Q7QssDGppD
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) August 15, 2013
(6) David Kenner – Wry, thoughtful, takes a wide view
During the festive mood of June 30, I remember jokingly wondering when the running and screaming would start. Sooner than I'd have expected.
— DavidKenner (@DavidKenner) August 16, 2013
(7) Rawya Rageh – A broadcaster's sense of immediacy
— Rawya Rageh (@RawyaRageh) August 16, 2013
(1) Michael Hanna – Not an optimist, but cuts through the noise like no other
The self-evident bigotry of Islamists and the acts of pro-Morsi violence do not absolve authorities from the norms of proportionality.
— Michael Hanna (@mwhanna1) August 16, 2013
(2) Steven Cook – Talks to everyone, wonderful writer, wrote my favorite Egypt book
I dont think anyone in #Egypt is "protecting the revolution"
— Steven A. Cook (@stevenacook) August 16, 2013
(3) Tamara Cofman Wittes – Precise, careful analysis
On July 3, I noted return of military, police, & judiciary - 3 institutions closely assoc'd w old Mubarak regime. http://t.co/nQnfA5tSbs
— Tamara Cofman Wittes (@tcwittes) August 14, 2013
(4) Shadi Hamid – Principled, not afraid to take a stand
Egypt's military will never think we're serious until we actually do something serious. That's why an aid freeze is necessary.
— Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) August 16, 2013
(5) Eric Trager – Skeptic who accurately predicted abuses of Morsi government
Today's deadly crackdown reflects existential nature of MB-military conflict. Negotiations weren't going to happen b4 & won't happen now.
— Eric Trager (@EricTrager18) August 14, 2013
(1) Blake Hounshell – Astute interpreter of official thinking in Egypt and the United States
Spot on: "The generals in Cairo have made cold calculations. One of them is that brutality pays dividends." http://t.co/c9HyBx25se
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) August 16, 2013
(2) Laila Lalami – A novelist's eye
Egypt: the captains and the mutineers are busy fighting over the wheel, and all the while the ship sinks.
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) August 15, 2013
(3) Tom Gara – Funny and insightful, a deadly combination
Say what you will about Egyptian authorities, but you will never underestimate their faith in dumb brute force as a solution to all problems
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) August 14, 2013
(4) Issandr el-Amrani – Runs the must-read Arabist blog from Cairo
Why oh why did Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria have to come and ruin a perfectly fine Tunisian Spring?
— arabist (@arabist) August 15, 2013
(5) Nervana Mahmoud – High-volume, in-depth, based in Britain
— Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) August 14, 2013
(6) Karl Sharro – Satirist beloved by Egypt-watchers, who laugh through the tears with his one-person MidEast version of The Onion
Due to the nature of recent events in the Middle East, this September when summer time ends you must set your watches back to September 2010
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) August 12, 2013
(7) Dalia Mohgahed – D.C.-based but Egypt-focused; the distance helps add clarity
Danger in 2 sides' overconfidence. Both claim to be "the people" vs fringe. Truth is Egyptian people split. No future w/o compromise.
— Dalia Mogahed (@DMogahed) June 28, 2013