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There are 6 comments on Cairo, Up Close and Personal

  1. I’ve been reading Margret’s blog for a while and felt it was tremendously helpful in that it captured the mood of people in Cairo much better and more nuanced than the news. Kudos, Margret!

  2. I’m an Egyptian grad student at BU! I was in Egypt during Jan 25 Revolution! It was amazing but sometimes terrifying! I’m proud of this revolution but yet I’m not optimistic, we’ve no clear road map! We’ve no clear guarantee that Human Rights will be preserved!

  3. I had the pleasure of spending this past summer in Jordan, and your perspective really changes when you have your feet on the ground. The pace of life over there is usually pretty slow and relaxed compared to our hectic lives, but many of the people I met were excited about what was happening in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere in the Middle East. Jordan itself has been quite stable through the Arab Spring, there were only a few small demonstrations while I was there, and I was never in Amman when they happened. There was one event that sticks in my mind; one night I was in Al-Karak with a group of locals I had just met when someone nearby started spreading a rumor that Muammar Gaddhafi had been captured by Libyan rebels. Everyone on the street started hugging and cheering. That rumor ultimately turned out to be false (at the time), but it really cemented in my mind that the Arab Spring transcends national boundaries, and that everyone is rooting for each other to be successful in their attempts to reform. And that’s why it’s going to be successful; in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and wherever else people can unite in the name of a higher ideal. Just my 2 cents.

  4. I like your blog it is very interesting! I share your view that some demands made by the protesters are unrealistic and can not be provided on the spot. One of the funny demand was that a few protesters said that “The people demand that the tourist to return to Egypt” :-).How can we force tourists to return to Egypt Lol?
    :-) I also like it that you were living here 10 years ago makes it very interesting as you can combine your memories with the changes that occured in Egypt. Good luck with your blog and keep up the great work!

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