I spent my birthday in Cairo with many friends and met dozens of Egyptian activists. When I was here three weeks ago a Cairo publication called Campus mag interviewed me on my views on Egypt, so did ON TV (Arabic, with great Special FX).
A good friend of mine who moved to Egypt sent me this highly insightful email about life in Cairo. I asked his permission to share it, it got over 1,000 hits. I recommend you read it.
I have a piece on Tribalism in the Arabian Peninsula out in the next week or so, and one on Qatar-Saudi economic relations, keep an eye out for them.