Parliamentary elections are set to begin on Monday. Egypt's military rulers say the vote is a step toward democracy. But The World's Matthew Bell found few Egyptians willing to take the generals at their word.
Egypt's military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, has announced a partial lifting of Egypt's draconian emergency law. The announcement comes a day before the anniversary of the first demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square last year.
Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi's order to reconvene parliament has been rejected by the highest court, which says its ruling that led to the assembly's dissolution is binding. The decision sets up a potential showdown with the military.
It's been a tumultuous year in the Arab world. We asked The World's Middle East correspondent Matthew Bell to page back through his notes, looking for standout moments in 2012 and suggest what to keep an eye on in the year ahead.