Lenin once said “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Well that’s the way things feel in Egypt at the moment.
In the past fortnight there has been an election- where the “pro revolution” candidates did well, but their vote was split. Thus the runoff is between the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarak’s old mate Ahmed Shafiq. I have written extensively about the election for The Sunday Business Post over the past two weeks.
It is not very professional to say this, but I was very depressed writing those articles. Although I am not Egyptian I find it hard not to empathise heavily with the pro revolutionary forces who find themselves with a not so great choice in the second round. There is an excellent discussion on the election in the most recent The Arabist podcast- and the contributors also share my gloomy mood.
Then there was the Mubarak trial verdict - the initial euphoria and then the resulting anger among the revolutionaries.
I will shake of this gloom and will be reporting and blogging extensively in the coming two weeks in the run up to the historic vote on the 16/17 June.
As of now- nobody can say for certain what will be the result in the runoff.
But with so much depression about there are still reasons to be cheerful , beautiful trees across Cairo (see above), catching a perfect fresh breeze down the Nile, Maggie Gyllenhaal, the music of Umm Kulthum, ice-cream, an ice cold Stella, Maggie Gyllenhaal, reading the novels of Naguib Mahfouz on a Cairo balcony, hearing the beautiful call to prayer from my local Dokki mosque, ice cream, smoking a sheesha in a local ahwa, enjoying a perfect Tameya...and eh Maggie Gyllenhaal and ice cream (sorry it’s got very hot in Cairo and its affecting my thought process).