Almost everyone drove to Alexandria for the weekend. A gorgeous trip to a gorgeous place, for sure. But Katie and I stayed behind for a couple of reasons so exciting, I need to share ’em.
In sort of particular order (particularly the first particular):
1. Katie is the best, and landed an extraordinary interview for the series we’re writing with Nick on Egyptian grassroots politics and opposition parties. We’re sitting down with former opposition leader and political contender Ayman Nour, who gained enough popular support on the liberal Al-Ghad ticket, the Egyptian government tossed him in jail four years ago. His hellish experience was well-covered by international media and he was released in February. This is an enormous opportunity. Enormous, enormous. We’re doing our homework pretty good, and drafting questions to do this chance some justice.
2. After we meet with Mr. Nour, Katie, Nick and I are flocking downtown for a conversation over coffee with an Egyptian blogger to learn about a nascent opposition group called the 6th of April Youth Movement. Also, in one of the ten worst countries to blog, she’ll help us understand the challenges and significance of her work.
3. Tomorrow afternoon, we’re meeting downtown with local opposition kids for interviews and a tour of the Almasry-Alyoum newsroom.
4. Electronic artist Machine Eat Man is playing Zamalek’s cultural center tomorrow night. He channels stuff like Brian Eno, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel, and has strong opinions about the Egyptian music scene. Sometime before his performance, we’re meeting up for coffee and an interview.
So, keep an eye on the main blog. We’ll be churning out more stories soon!