Superman to Save Egypt

Superman flying over Nile to save Egypt

On Thanksgiving, as we toasted three generations of the family celebrating together, my visiting, Egyptian in-laws received a text.  President Morsy was grabbing power.

The last few days, around our kitchen table, the December 15th vote on the new Egyptian constitution has been a key conversation.  Declaring the 230 articles approved by the Islamists as “ridiculous”, my father-in-law decided enough is enough.   Donning his cape, he flew home to Cairo this morning.

My question is – will he make it in time to save his beloved Egypt from a second revolution?

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It’s Still Egypt but…

Egyptian Taxi

A year after the Egyptian revolution, it hardly looks like things have changed.  The decrepit taxis still run and negotiate for every pound they can.

The streets are still crumbing.

Ministry of Interior Building off the 5th of May Bridge

The burned out Ministry of Internal Affairs Building, a monument of the Arab Spring, like the other old buildings, temples and monuments, still graces the banks of the Nile.

Laid off Egyptian Refinery Workers protesting January 22 2012

People continue to protest.

Outside Prime Minister's office

The men in power surround themselves with soldiers.

Egyptian mosque and blue sky

Still – while driving through the Cairo, I was surprised to feel a lightness in the air.  I felt hope not darkness.

The young keep living and dancing.

It’s still a place where the sweet potato street vendor can leave his cart in the middle of the intersection under the peace cranes.

And still some Egyptians believe the Americans understand their cause and their desire for democracy.

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