Thea and Samy, our friends in Cairo, tell us what it was like to experience the the victory of the Egyptian protesters firsthand. Also, Professor Vijay Prashad tells us what this victory means in the grand scheme of things, and what’s next.
Plus, are we heading for a government shutdown? Bill Scher speculates.
While the Egyptian protesters are understandably frustrated that President Hosni Mubarak is refusing to step down until September, Egyptian filmmaker Samy is overjoyed that it’s even within the realm of possibility. We talk to Samy and his fiancee, Pioneer Valley native Thea, about growing up under a dictator’s rule, and what it means when your country is within reach of freedom.
Vijay Prashad keeps us updated on the situation in Egypt, and gives us an idea of what to expect. Alex Jarrett and Ruthy Woodring of Pedal People keep us updated on our options for solid waste disposal in a post-landfill Northampton. And, as always, Bill Scher keeps us updated on what’s happening in Washington.
While most of the U.S. deals with poor weather, over in Egypt they’re dealing with poor living conditions. We talk to a couple of people with unique perspectives on the situation: Vijay Prashad gives us a political and historical view of these events, while Thea Price-Eckles gives us a personal view of the world outside her apartment in Cairo.