Walaikum As-salaam, Mr. President

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It’s mid-day on a hot June day in the busy city of Cairo, but the streets leading up to Cairo University are unusually quiet. A driving ban is in force and cars are being diverted from the venue where an important speaker is expected. The media has been abuzz with speculations about what will be said and people in the streets have their own ideas about what they will hear. The speech is being broadcast live into every tea shop and many households in Egypt and around the globe…