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Egypt and the US: How Will They Proceed?

Monday, January 31, 2011

What seemed to us, or to much of America, to be a helpful calm in Egypt, and Egypt that was run by a secular strong man, may have in fact had significant radiating results that we are only now coming to terms with.

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times on the Brian Lehrer Show

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Egypt Protests One Week In

Monday, January 31, 2011

This is Egypt focusing on Egypt. Yes, Mubarak has been one of the major allies of US administrations for decades now, and they knew very well that he was a dictator and ran a police state, but this revolution is about getting rid of his tyranny and his dictatorship of 30 years. It has nothing to do with the US and Israel. It has everything to do with Egypt saying this it the time for our freedom and dignity..

Mona Eltahawycolumnist and public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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When Quiet Diplomacy May Beat Grandstanding

Monday, January 31, 2011


On Friday, Americans discovered they didn’t need a television to catch the most gripping program around – and that, in most parts of the country, TV wouldn’t help them.

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Muslim New Yorkers Watch Egypt Protests With Hope and Fear

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Many Muslim New Yorkers said they felt moved by the events in Egypt, as protests in the Egyptian capital of Cairo calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continued over the weekend and hundreds gathered at the United Nations in New York in a show of solidarity.

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At Anti-Mubarak Rally, Anger and Optimism from Egyptians

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City Saturday, calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. They were optimistic about Egypt's future, though many complained that it was time for the United States government to start supporting the Egyptian people and not their dictator.

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The U.S. Response to the Protests in Egypt

Friday, January 28, 2011

I’m just stunned at what is going on. The United States seems like it really has lost the plot and is behind the curve on this.

Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy

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The Silence of Friends

Friday, January 28, 2011

As Americans, we have come to expect our leaders to stand up for the rights of those who want to be free—calling on other nations to foster democracy and not to squelch it. With the situation developing in Egypt, however, we need to hear more from the White House than labored fence-straddling between what is best for our national interests and the principles we profess to uphold.

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Protests in Yemen

Friday, January 28, 2011

All of them have one common denominator, which is injustice, social injustice. All of those regimes had privileged certain groups in society and amassed wealth through illegal means like corruption...The people needed to be the rulers, not the other way around. If Tunisia did it, why shouldn't we do it?

Walid Al-Saqaf, founder and administrator of Yemen Portal, speaking about protest in Yemen and the rest of the Arab world on The Brian Lehrer Show

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From Tunisia to Egypt: Protests for Democracy in the Arab World

Thursday, January 27, 2011


President Obama has said again and again, he has warned tyrants around the world that they’re on the wrong side of history. And he promised people around the world fighting those tyrants that the United States would support them. It’s time to show that now.

Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues

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What Tunisia's Revolution Means to Arab Americans

Friday, January 21, 2011

I was with my family two weeks ago in Tunisia for the holidays, and we were surprised. It was a country that was waiting to explode. People, they start talking, they are not scared anymore.

—Sophia, a caller originally from Tunisia, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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How Much Does Tech Drive Revolutions?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We've tended to overestimate the political value of access to information, the idea that someone, if given free access to Wikipedia and The New York Times will then agitate for democracy, and we've underestimated the value of conversation. What really leads citizens to participate in the kind of public sphere that ends up demanding political change is the ability to coordinate with one another.

Clay Shirky,author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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