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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's Not Al-Azhar, or, Wait, Maybe it Is . . .

Speculation continues about where in Egypt President Obama will speak. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported yesterday that Obama will speak at Cairo University, not at Al-Azhar. Today, the US Embassy is saying no decision has been made, and an AP report suggests Cairo University has been ruled out, and Al-Azhar is still in the running.

The Egyptian media is distracted today by the sudden death of a 12-year-old grandson of President Mubarak, a tragic loss. Speculation about the venue for the Obama speech will no doubt resume soon, however.

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