21 December, 2008

Coffeeshop democracy

Condoleeza Rice defends her efforts to support democracy in Egypt in an interview in Washington Post:

"I do believe that the [September 2005] presidential election was a
different kind of election than Egypt had ever had. There was criticism of the
president's policies right on the front page of Egyptian newspapers. The café talk in Egypt was extraordinary."

Café talk? I bet that is a huge comfort to presidential candidate Ayman Nour in his prison cell... And by the way, which 'ahwa did Condi visit to catch the mood of the streets in Cairo?

1 comment:

  1. Hey Per, just ran across your blog totally at random. Nice to see you still out in Egypt. I'm looking forward to some good reporting.