Dear Foreign Correspondents,
It’s a journalistic and academic commonplace to maintain that the Muslim Brotherhood derives some (or a lot) of support by providing social services for the poor-middle classes.
It’s also a journalistic and academic commonplace to maintain that the government is heavily involved in licensing and generally sticking its nose in everything. And it’s not exactly possible to run a medical clinic or whatever in secret, even if you’re totally deمحظورة out like مظاهر محظورة . (That’s a Kriss Kross reference.)
Where these two common places overlap lies an interesting story angle.
Bonus incentive: Al-Baradei will return on the 19th, and you’ll surely get a story out of it. But between now and then nothing is likely to happen that will get your name in the newspaper/magazine.
Sample pitch: OMG! The new MB leader is SUCH a fundo!!! He’s like a salafi and stuff and that means he wants to return to the roots of the Brotherhood where they help poor people and totally indoctrinate them about the caliphate and make them eat McEurabia sandwiches! YUCK! But it turns out the government is totes tolerating it, and it might be an islamofascist PLOT!