Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has granted himself far-reaching powers and immunity from legal oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.
Similar, but very different to Egypt, Zimbabwe's citizens are simply too downtrodden to resist.
Protests and crackdowns follow successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
After the US's invasion of Iraq, the American military took to reading TE Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom for after-the-act advice.
Egypt's new prime minister told thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square on Friday he was committed to the goals of their revolution.
New evidence of spying and torture by an Egyptian security agency has piled pressure on military rulers to abolish a hated symbol of the Mubarak era.
Egypt will hold a parliamentary election in September, its military rulers said on Monday.
Protesters gathered in Cairo, Alexandria and other Egyptian cities on Friday, demanding that ousted president Hosni Mubarak be called to account.
Over 800 people were killed in the uprising against former president Mubarak - more than double the previous estimate, says Egypt's health ministry.
Five people were killed in a sectarian clash in Egypt on Saturday over a Christian woman who had allegedly converted to Islam.