People are apparently still surprised that when you take a country like Egypt and remove most of the forces ensuring law and order (however imperfectly and corruptly), this kind of thing happens.
At this late stage in the proceedings, I honestly cannot figure out why they would be.
Shylock's free tip to aspiring female reporters - if offered the lucrative assignment of covering the freedom-loving democracy protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, you should politely decline.
My initial reaction to the first-mentioned story was "You mean they're still sending in female reporters to cover these events without a full bodyguard contingent? Seriously?".
Thank goodness she seemed to escape less harmed than some of the other cases, in part because she managed to not get separated from the rest of her news crew. That's when things tend to go downhill really fast.
The bad news is that public rapes are up.
The good news (apparently) is that people are voting!
The bad news is that the voters include the rapists.
The other bad news is that they're voting for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Not sure I'd score this as a win overall, methinks.