On The Disco Front

It is a quarter to one in the morning, and Medo, a 16-year-old Kuwaiti, is chatting with his friend and compatriot Khaled, 22, as they prop up a wall at Sultana's, the third-floor disco at Cairo's Semiramis Inter-Continental. "Cairo is boring," grumbles Medo. Khaled murmurs in agreement as he eyes the action on the floor. "I come here every night," Medo says. "There's nothing else to do."

Nothing to do! Their country has been snatched by a thief; Americans, Egyptians, Britons and Saudis, among others, are braving the gulf deserts and Saddam's rockets to win it back for them, and these...

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