Last fall, Ambassador H. Christopher Stevens was killed in an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, after a confusing set of circumstances. As the Obama administration scrambled to explain what had happened, Republicans accused the Obama administration of trying to cover up Al Qaeda’s involvement in the attack. It's a story told in two very different ways, depending which side of the political aisle you stand on. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo Bureau Chief and Mideast Correspondent at our partner The New York Times, set out to tell the truest version possible of what really happened in Benghazi.
Is there a change in the mood in Egypt? Is the interim government losing ground in its attempt to reassure the population that change is coming? Fighting broke out last night between supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi and Egyptian police. The clashes left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, is on the ground covering the developments in Egypt. He joins us to discuss the clashes and what it could mean for the developing government.
Did the protests undermined the elections that took place a year ago? Was Morsi not given the chance to carry out his leadership as the freely elected leader of Egypt? Will the military and Adli Monsour, chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, be able to move the country in a new direction? Joining The Takeaway to examine these questions and to look at the next steps for Egypt is David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.
The situation in Egypt is quickly intensifying after President Mohamed Morsi rejected an army ultimatum to find a resolution to the protests. A ban on international travel has been placed on President Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members by security forces, and a senior aide to the president, Essam al-Hadded, has accused the military of staging a coup. Joining us on the ground in Cairo now is David Kirkpatrick, Cairo-bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi pled with opposition leaders in Egypt to help him deal with a new wave of unrest around the country. Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared in areas along the Suez Canal. David Kirkpatrick is a reporter for our partner The New York Times.
Counterterrorism and State Department officials now say the effective response of newly-trained Libyan guards to a June bombing outside the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi may have led American officials to underestimate the security threat there.
Protesters gathered to express their anger over a film that they say ridicules and insults the Prophet Muhammad. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to get his team out of the building after the protest turned violent.
Sixteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted, Cairo continues to be at the epicenter of democratic turmoil. On the brink of the second round of presidential elections this weekend, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has dissolved the Parliament. The act makes relations between the Supreme Constitutional Court and the Muslim Brotherhood seem increasingly fraught.
Egypt's first freely elected Parliament in more than 60 years held its first session this morning. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party which took more than 40 percent of the seats has vowed to guide Egypt through the transition from military to civilian rule. Joining The Takeaway is David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for our partner The New York Times. Also on the program is Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at The Century Foundation.
"The United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they build a democracy worthy of Egypt's great history," the Obama administration said in a statement supporting the demonstrators in Tahrir Square. The protesters are demanding a speedier transition to civilian-led government. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, has just come back from Tahrir Square and reports on what he saw.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday night for a third day of protests against the country's transitional military leaders. Activists hope to capitalize of the resignation of Egypt's civilian cabinet, calling for a million-strong demonstration on Tuesday. Security forces and protesters have clashed violently, recalling the events that led to the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. Elections scheduled for next week are now uncertain.
Thousands returned to Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest the possibility of heightened military control of the Egyptian government to protest the possibility of heightened military control of the Egyptian government on Friday. While initial demonstrations were peaceful, the mood changed over the weekend, resulting in clashes between protesters and security forces that extended into the early hours of Monday morning. Said Abbas, a representative of the ruling military council, has called protesters injured by gunfire "thugs."
In the worst incident of violence in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, 24 people died, and more than 200 were wounded after a protest in Cairo turned violent on Sunday. Christians protesting a recent attack against a Coptic church in Aswan province were attacked by police. Thousands filled the streets chanting, "the people want to bring down the field marshal," in reference to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the military council that has ruled Egypt since February.
The Obama administration is scrambling to avert a vote on Palestinian statehood at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The Palestinian Authority and its allies say the vote would get the months-stalled peace process moving again toward a two-state solution. The move comes as Israel has seen a significant deterioration in diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey, its closest allies in the region. The U.S. hopes to avoid casting a veto in the Security Council against Palestinian statehood, as well as a more symbolic gesture in the General Assembly. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, talks about what's at stake for the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinian Authority and its allies.
A week after Egypt's media minister declared that the government would take legal action against outlets that "endanger the stability and security" of the country, Egyptian security forces raided the offices of Al Jazeera in Cairo on Sunday. The raid has prompted allegations of a crackdown on the news media by the transitional military-led government. Al Jazeera Live Egypt is a spin off of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network that was founded after the civilian uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Days after the mysterious death of Libya's top rebel leader, opposition fighters staged an eight-hour gunfight with a group Qaddafi loyalists who were posing as another rebel brigade. Tensions within the rebels ranks suggest that there is not unity among the factions. These developments are are latest in a chaotic, confused, and violent situation.
Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick, gauges reaction from the Middle East to President Obama's speech. The American perception, according to Kirkpatrick is that the president has made some hard and explicit moves in the Middle East. However, the perception fromthe Arab world is quite different as there's a sentiment that the United States dithered on Egypt, waiting too long to call for Mubarak's ouster, and hasn't done anything effective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians have been asking for accountability from Mubarak and his family. Suzanne Mubarak has reportedly agreed to give up $3 million in cash and a villa in a Cairo suburb. Under Egyptian law, by forfeiting the assets, she avoids an investigation into whether they were obtained illegally. There are rumors that Mubarak will apologize to his people; however, this seems unlikely, says David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times. What does this mean for Egypt's ousted leadership?
12 people died and hundreds were injured in sectarian clashes yesterday in Cairo. The violence was the result of longstanding tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt. Those tensions were softened in the immediate aftermath of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in February. David Kirkpatrick, Foreign Correspondent for The New York Times, says the violence has slowly crept back into the lives of residents in Cairo.