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A Ground-Level Look at Egyptian Elections

Monday, November 28, 2011

The lead up to the election has been less than promising: Sunday marked the ninth straight day of protests against military rule in Egypt. At least 41 protesters have been killed and more than 2,000 wounded. However, these events haven't stopped a record number of voters from queuing up well before polls opened this morning. This will be the country's first parliamentary election since former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

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WNYC News

Egyptian New Yorkers Protest In Solidarity With Those in Tahrir Square

Friday, November 25, 2011

While protests rage on in Tahrir Square, about 75 Egyptian Americans and their supporters gathered outside the headquarters of Point Lookout Capital Friday afternoon.

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The Takeaway

Seventh Day of Mass Protests Called in Egypt

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after Friday prayers for a seventh day to call for a delay in the upcoming Parliamentary elections. Responding to calls for a "million man march," demonstrators fear the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the military-led transitional government, will refuse to cede power to civilian rule. The influential Muslim Brotherhood, which is poised to do well in the elections, is not supporting the protests. The military appointed a former prime minister who served under Hosni Mubarak to form a new government on Friday. In a statement, the Obama administration said power should be transferred to the people "as soon as possible."

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: White House Voices Support for Egyptian Protesters, Morning Headlines

Friday, November 25, 2011

"The United States will continue to stand with the Egyptian people as they build a democracy worthy of Egypt's great history," the Obama administration said in a statement supporting the demonstrators in Tahrir Square. The protesters are demanding a speedier transition to civilian-led government. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, has just come back from Tahrir Square and reports on what he saw.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Update From Tahrir Square, Morning Headlines

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to plan for a second week of pro-democracy rallies against the military-controlled transitional government. The BBC's Wyre Davies is in Tahrir Square and reports on the latest.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Turmoil in the Middle East and what Putin's return means for the West

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turmoil in the Middle East and what Putin's return means for the West

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The Takeaway

Egyptian Army Apologizes for Violence

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Egypt's military-led transitional government, issued an apology Thursday for the bloodshed caused by security forces in clashes with protesters. At least 35 people have been killed in the demonstrations, which are now in their sixth day. In a statement from two generals posted to Facebook, the SCAF offered its "regrets and deep apologies for the deaths of martyrs from among Egypt’s loyal sons during the recent events in Tahrir Square." Protesters are demanding the military accelerate its transition to civilian rule.

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The Takeaway

UN Condemns Egypt as Protests Enter Fifth Day

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thousands of Egyptians continued to demonstrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday, demanding the military-led government accelerate its transition to civilian rule. Not appeased by a deal struck between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military, protesters attacked the Interior Ministry. Thirty-one people are said to have died at the hands of security forces since the protests began. The United Nations' human rights chief assailed the Egyptian government for its "clearly excessive use of force" on the protesters.

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The Takeaway

Not All Egyptians Protesting in Tahrir Square

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Demonstrators continued to confront security forces in Cairo's Tahrir for a fifth day on Wednesday, demanding democratic reforms be accelerated. Despite a deal struck between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military to speed up the transition, protesters are staying put. But as BBC reporter Hugh Sykes found, not all Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir Square.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tahrir Redux

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Steven Cook, the Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about the latest chapter in Egyptian politics and the clashes between demonstrators and the military government.

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The Takeaway

Egypt Protests Enter Fourth Day

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday night for a third day of protests against the country's transitional military leaders. Activists hope to capitalize of the resignation of Egypt's civilian cabinet, calling for a million-strong demonstration on Tuesday. Security forces and protesters have clashed violently, recalling the events that led to the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak. Elections scheduled for next week are now uncertain.

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The Takeaway

Thousands Protest Military Rule in Tahrir Square

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A day after Egypt's civilian cabinet submitted its resignation to the transitional ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, thousands of Egyptians protested on in Tahrir Square Tuesday. In the largest demonstrations since the uprising that put down former President Hosni Mubarak, the protests, now in their fourth day, has brought a violent crackdown from Egypt's military rulers. BBC correspondent Wyre Davies is in Tahrir Square and reports on the latest.

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The Takeaway

Hundreds Injured in Tahrir Square as Protests Continue

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thousands returned to Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest the possibility of heightened military control of the Egyptian government to protest the possibility of heightened military control of the Egyptian government on Friday. While initial demonstrations were peaceful, the mood changed over the weekend, resulting in clashes between protesters and security forces that extended into the early hours of Monday morning. Said Abbas, a representative of the ruling military council, has called protesters injured by gunfire "thugs."

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The Takeaway

As 2011 Draws to a Close, the Arab Spring Marches On

Monday, November 21, 2011

The pro-democracy movements that swept across the middle east, and in many ways defined the year, remain in pivotal stages. The Egyptian army has clamped down on protests in Cairo, burning tents and firing tear gas to drive out thousands of anti-military demonstrators. Meanwhile in Syria, the Arab League's ultimatum that called for an end to the violence in the country has expired. And Sunday marked the one-month anniversary of the death of former Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

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The Takeaway

Egyptian Army Clashes with Protesters in Tahrir Square

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Egyptian army used teargas, rubber bullets and birdshot in clashes with protesters in Cairo over the weekend. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to begin in stages a week from today — but this violence raises questions about whether free, democratic elections are possible at this time in Egypt. 

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Top of the Hour: Third Day of Protests in Tahrir Square, Morning Headlines

Monday, November 21, 2011

As thousands of demonstrators return to the streets to protest the Egyptian military's rule, the Egyptian health ministry says at least 20 people have been killed and hundreds wounded since Sunday. 

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WNYC News

Egyptian Police Clash with Protesters Ahead of Vote

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Egyptian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed into Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday to dismantle a protest tent camp, setting off clashes that injured at least 507 people and raising tensions days before the first elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

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The Takeaway

Egyptians Take to the Streets for Jailed Blogger

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Demonstrations erupted in Cairo on Monday night as activists demanded the release of a jailed blogger and the end to military trials for civilians. The blogger, Alaa Abd El Fattah, criticized the Egyptian military's response to an October 9 protest that ended in violence and the death of 28 protesters, most of them Coptic Christians. He also referred to the army controlling Egypt as "Mubarak's military." Fattah is being accused of inciting violence.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Now the Hard Part

Thursday, October 27, 2011

With the OWS protests underway, Egyptian democracy activist Basem Fathy talks about the similarities and differences between Zuccotti Park and Tahrir Square, and the work left to be done.

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The Takeaway

The Death of Gadhafi and The Arab Spring

Friday, October 21, 2011

It’s been ten months since the series of revolutions and protests known as the Arab Spring sprung out across the region. It began in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Tunisians go to the polls this Sunday in the first democratic elections of the Arab Spring. How will the developments in Libya may affect the entire region, particularly the elections in Tunis and then Egypt?

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