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Egypt's Unfolding Political Situation

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Unidentified anti-Muslim Brotherhood/Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square shout slogans calling for Morsi's resignation on June 30, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Mohamed Elsayyed)

On Wednesday, an Egyptian court ordered that former president Hosni Mubarak be freed from prison. It’s the latest piece to of Egypt’s post-revolution political order to fall, after a military coup earlier this summer ousted Pres. Mohammed Morsi from office and led to a crackdown on protesters that has left some 1,000 Morsi supporters dead. Ashraf Khalil, Cairo-based correspondent for the Times of London, Foreign Policy, and other publications and author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation, and Charles Levinson, Middle East Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, fill us in on the latest from Egypt.

Guests:

Ashraf Khalil and Charles Levinson

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Comments [5]

Kevin from Midwood

The Amazon link for the book is broken. It points to a 404 page.

Aug. 22 2013 05:24 PM

Thanks ana.

Yes, why are secular Egyptians not mentioned???

Just as there are secular religionists of all faiths in the US, why don't commentators acknowledge the same group in other countries???

Aug. 22 2013 01:03 PM
Sam Feldman from NJ

Anybody think this segment shed light on anything? It's journalists' attempt (including WNYC) to paint this as a 3-party Western-type political struggle, when in fact it's a Muslim Brotherhood attempt - openly admitted by MB - to turn Egypt into an fundamentalist Islamic State dictatorship, MB being the only funded and organized group to succeed in these quick elections. The military are "secularists" backed by the majority of Egypt, as the lesser evil. Your whining about civil rights distorts the reality, this is a religious conflict, and it's to the death.

Aug. 22 2013 01:02 PM
ana from bkln

Instead of calling them anti-muslim, why don't you (yes, you WNYC) call them secular people. That will help people here in the US understand who is who. I wouldn't like for fanatic religious people to run our government, but i'm not anti-[some religion] Don't be part of the problem. You're another example of media rallying the west against stability in Egypt.

Aug. 22 2013 12:46 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Remember when some Muslims in Egypt were ringing Coptic churches to defend them from other Muslims? Who were those defenders--were they members of specific groups, & what's their situation now?

Aug. 22 2013 12:27 PM

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