Let’s start in Egypt. By August of last year, the authoritarian leader Abdel Fatah al-Sissi had arrested more than a dozen people for criticizing his government’s response to the pandemic. During the crisis, Egypt mostly carried on with massive investments in infrastructure, including two new museums. In April, in a surreal spectacle complete with specially built trucks, music, lighting and military pomp, 22 mummies from the main archaeology museum in Cairo were paraded three miles through the streets to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. And at some point this year, another massive new museum in Giza, devoted to ancient Egyptian treasures, is scheduled to open. When it does, it will be the largest archaeological museum in the world.