"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
"Alternative Energy Goes Mainstream in Egypt" -- A very important little article from Business Today Egypt that talks about the government's new policy of phasing out subsidies for energy producers while continuing to help the poor and domestic consumers, making renewables competitive and giving Egypt a comparative advantage in the world market. Finally! Bravo Egypt!