The Takeaway

Hershey, Pennsylvania: Retail Politics Up Close

Monday, November 05, 2012

In a state most pollsters considered off limits, Mitt Romney and the Republicans say they're playing Pennsylvania for keeps. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich headed back to one small corner, his home town of Hershey, in Central Pennsylvania, for one last battleground report.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Democracy in Pakistan

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nafisa Hoodbhoy, former staff reporter at Dawn, Pakistan's leading English language newspaper, former teacher at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College, and now author of Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy, discusses the politics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the post-9/11 era, and how ethnic violence and women's rights fit into Pakistan's democratic history.

You can see Nafisa Hoodbhoy in conversation with Professor Henry (Chip) Carey and Karen Frillman of WNYC tonight at McNally Jackson bookstore in NYC.


The Takeaway

Security Council Rebukes Syria as Tanks Settle in Central Hama

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Syria’s government is attempting to crush the democratic uprising, sending tanks, armored vehicles and snipers into the rebellious city of Hama for the fourth straight day of Ramadan. Unverified footage taken from YouTube and obtained by The New York Times depicts tanks shooting at civilians. Human rights groups say more than 140 people have been killed since Sunday, compounding a civilian death toll of more than 1,600 since March. The United Nations Security Council condemned the crackdown, but is the international condemnation too slow? 


The Takeaway

A Syrian-American in Chicago Fights for Democracy in his Homeland

Monday, July 04, 2011

This Fourth of July, as Americans across the country celebrate the country’s freedoms, Syria’s government is cracking down on its citizens’ democratic rights. Syria’s government has sent tanks into the city of Hama, two days after tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated there, and called for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Government has cut off power and telephone lines, and arrested scores of people, in an attempt to suppress a movement that mirrors the upheaval in Tunisia and Egypt.


The Takeaway

Nicholas Kristof on Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Egyptian military high council has announced that parliamentary elections are being put off until September. Opposition leaders are asking for more time to organize themselves into political parties. Presidential elections, originally scheduled for August, will also be held then. While younger Egyptians are hopeful about elections, they have grown wary of the military high council, which has ceased to be the force for change that they had hoped for.

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American Democracy: Still an Export in Demand?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

We Americans relish our revolutionary spirit. Our American system of democracy was founded on the cultural belief that we must fight against tyranny. That American-style democracy has served as an example for many emerging nations since the American Revolution. But as we watch revolutions change the sociopolitical landscape of the Middle East, is it fair to ask whether our own system should serve as the best example of a working and efficient system of government?

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Monday Morning Reality Check: Martial Law, Not Democracy in Egypt

Monday, February 14, 2011

Champions of democracy the world over welcomed the departure of Hosni Mubarak, Friday, with a massive display of joy. Protesters across Cairo savored their victory, and correspondents on TV channels worldwide fought back tears (some, in fact did cry) as they reported the story of a revolution.

I was inspired, instead, to turn to Brother Webster -- as in Webster’s Dictionary, for a little reminder of what all the hoopla was about:

Revolution |n. (pl. s)(Origin Latin revolutio.) a fundamental change in power that takes place in a relatively short period of time.

Given this definition – “a fundamental change in power” perhaps the celebration is a bit premature. I hate to be a spoilsport, but I’m fairly confident that military regime is not what the youth of Egypt had in mind over these last three weeks. And “revolutionary change” is certainly not what has come to Egypt – not yet.

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