Arab League monitors have been in Syria for more than a week, yet violence continues throughout the country. Activists claim about 400 people have been killed in clashes between protestors in the military in the past week alone. On Tuesday, an advisory body to the League said the observers should be withdrawn because they are providing cover to the Syrian government as it continues to treat its citizens inhumanely. But Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said Syria's release of political prisoners and its withdrawal of military artillery from residential areas demonstrates that progress is being made.
We hear from Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the forthcoming book The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, on the recent demonstrations, the trial of Hosni Mubarak and other Egyptian developments.
Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, available early October and Beirut bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times Borzou Daragahi, discuss the latest developments in Syria, where pro-government groups have attacked the U.S. and French embassies.
Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the developments in Libya and where the Arab League and NATO figure into the coalition forces running the military intervention in Libya.
Protesters in Egypt are not giving up. The unrest against the ruling regime continued into its sixth day, as tens of thousands flocked to the Cairo's Tahrir (or Liberation) Square. Among those protesters on Sunday was the diplomat, Mohamed ElBaradei, who is now representing a loosely unified opposition to President Hosni Mubarak.
Steven Cook, senior fellow for the Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations, and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Beirut bureau chief, discuss what's happening on the ground in the Tunisian capital and what it means for the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.