Egyptian Diaspora

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Demonstrators Rally Outside UN Egyptian Mission In New York Demonstrators rally outside the UN Egyptian Mission In New York (Spencer Platt/Getty)

As protests continue in Egypt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, voices from the Egyptian Diaspora in New York react to the ongoing events. And, NPR’s Rachel Martin looks at Washington's response to the situation, and discusses the dismissal of Jordan's government.  Plus: a preview of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget for the state of New York; author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts looks at Harlem as the center of Black America; a close-up of the Brazilian economy from the perspective of American investors; and the role of the Arab journalists in covering the recent uprisings in Egypt.


Open Phones: Egyptian New Yorkers

There are big developments in Egypt today - we check in with those watching from Little Egypt here in New York, including Omar Cheta, PhD candidate in the Departments of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and History at NYU.

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Previewing Andrew Cuomo's Budget Address

Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Assemblyman (D-57) representing central Brooklyn, and Senator John J. Flanagan, New York State (R) 2nd Senate District, preview the New York State budget announcement later today.

Note: Today at 1pm watch the budget address live online at the It's A Free Country homepage.

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Her Harlem

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, contributor to Transition Magazine and author of Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, talks about the history and future of Harlem as the center of Black America.

Sharifa will be at the Hue-Man Bookstore and Cafe tonight at 6pm.

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Rachel Martin on Egypt and the U.S.

Rachel Martin, national security correspondent for NPR, discusses Washington's reaction to the unfolding events in Egypt. 

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Business in Brazil

As part of a series on New Yorkers doing business with BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), Robert Wood, Latin America Senior Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, gives a close-up of the Brazilian economy and what it's like for American businesses working in Brazil. Also, Robert Kartheiser, partner of the Project Finance group at Allen & Overy LLP, on operating from Sao Paulo.

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The New Arab Journalists

Lawrence Pintak, author of The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil, talks about his new book, and the role of Arab journalists in the recent uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere.

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