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The Takeaway

Mubarak Defies Calls for Ouster

Friday, February 11, 2011

A massive crowd has filled the streets of Cairo on day 18 of Egypt's uprising. Thursday night, President Hosni Mubarak announced that he has no intentions of leaving office sparking rage among the crowds of demonstrators. For an analysis of what happens now is Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, author of “Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East” and “Palestinian Identity.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Advice for Egypt

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guests today include: 

As well as Shinasi A. Rama, deputy director of the NYU Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy and one of the leaders of the Albanian student movement; Suketu Mehta, New York City-based journalist, professor of journalism at NYU, and author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and FoundNeferti Tadiar, professor and chair of women's studies at Barnard College; Anne Nelson, adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University who's covered revolutions as a journalist in Central America; Omar Cheta, PhD candidate in the departments of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at NYU; Shiva Sarram, who was eight years old during the 1979 revolution in Iran and the founder of the Blossom Hill Foundation, which works with children affected by conflict.; Gladys Carbo-Flower, recording artist and witness to Cuba's revolution; Didi Ogude, a recent NYU graduate who was ten years old during South Africa's regime change in the nineties; Hesham El-Meligy, a Muslim-American community organizer from Staten Island; and Ali Al Sayed, Egyptian New Yorker and owner of Kabab Café in Little Egypt, Astoria, Queens.


The Takeaway

A Younger Generation Speaks to Power

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addressed the youth of his country — most of whom are the very people calling for his removal from office — with what many perceive as paternal condescension. We take a closer look at the generation gap between the President and his populace.

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The Takeaway

Must Peaceful Protest Be Abandoned?

Friday, February 11, 2011

President Mubarak's refusal to step down on Thursday turned the mood in Tahrir Square from hopeful anticipation to fury in a matter of minutes. Many see Mubarak's response as a direct rebuff to peaceful protest. Is violence the next (and last) resort?

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The Takeaway

What's Next for US Foreign Policy as Mubarak Stays On?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continues to hold power in Egypt after his announcement that he would not cede to demonstrators demands that he step down. Instead he decided to hand day-to-day powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman and made vague promises about the Egyptian Constitution.

President Obama watched Mubarak's speech on Air Force One, while returning from a trip to Michigan and seemed to be somewhat caught of guard. What role will the United States take now? A cautious one, says The New York Times, David Sanger.

 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Stand-off in Cairo, hanging on in Ivory Coast, and ECB confusion

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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It's A Free Country ®

Mubarak Refuses to Resign, Suleiman Tells Youth To Go Home, Crowd in Tahrir Is Upset

Thursday, February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people on state TV that he will remain in Egypt until his death and will not step down until there are free elections in September. He announced that he had transfered some powers to the Vice President, and will amend the consititution in preparation for a repeal of the hated emergency law that allows the arrest of anyone who is in opposition to the government—but left it vague when that would take place.

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It's A Free Country ®

The US Response To Egypt: Supporting 'Transition'

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WNYC

Speaking to students at Northern Michigan University, President Obama called the events unfolding in Egypt a "moment of transformation." The administration has been very careful with its words about Mubarak, so Obama appears to be riding the wave, not driving the wave.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Latest Update from Egypt

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today the Supreme Council of Egyptian Armed Forces met to discuss the continuing protests against president Hosni Mubarak and the demands that he step down. Wall Street Journal reporter Charles Levinson gives us an update on the results of those talks, the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, and what the government transition might be if President Mubarak leaves power.

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The Takeaway

Wave of Change: Tahrir Square Before Mubarak's Speech; U.S. Policy in the Middle East; Who is Omar Suleiman?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This is the eighth edition of Wave of Change, a special podcast from The Takeaway, covering the mass protests in Egypt and the consequences for the wider Arab world, hosted by John Hockenberry with Celeste Headlee.

This episode was recorded shortly before President Hosni Mubarak announced that he was transferring some of his power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, but refused to step down. While protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square are furious now, before Mubarak spoke, the expected him to step down and were jubilant, thinking Mubarak was about to step down. We take you there with a BBC interview with one of the protesters. Also, a discussion with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, on how U.S. policy has affected and may continue to affect democracy in the Middle East. Plus, in an excerpt from today's Takeaway, a look at Omar Suleiman with Patrick Lang, retired Army colonel, former head of Middle East intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency, who has known Suleiman for 20 years.

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It's A Free Country ®

Protest Context: The History of Mubarak Abuses

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Torture actually spread, it became sort of an epidemic, which is what it is today, I'm sorry to say. It happens in police stations, it happens not just with political dissidents, it happens with people just picked up for suspicion of committing ordinary crimes. This has become a serious and widespread problem.

Joe Stork deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Update on Egypt

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Joshua Keating, associate editor of Foreign Policy magazine, and Omar Cheta, PhD candidate in the department of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at NYU, update us on the situation in Egypt, the status of President Mubarak, and how he and his fellow Egyptians are feeling about recent developments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mubarak Before the Protests

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yesterday New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright discussed his new article on Scientology. But when he was at the studios, he also discussed his past reporting on the roots of Al-Qaeda and the connection to Egyptian prisons and abuses under the Mubarak regime. Then, Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division joins us from Cairo and provides a history of oppression and abuse under the Mubarak regime.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Omar Suleiman and the CIA

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt’s new vice president, Omar Suleiman, has been heading up negotiations with the opposition. He’s also been described as “the CIA’s man in Cairo.” Lisa Hajjar, associate professor at University of California at Santa Barbara, examines Mr. Suleiman’s relationship with our government and his role in controversial U.S. rendition and interrogation operations in Egypt.

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It's A Free Country ®

Twitter Responses To Military Announcement

Thursday, February 10, 2011

BREAKING—Egyptian military commanders told protesters in Tahrir Square that all their demands would be met today, but they were not. On twitter, the day started off with joyous pronouncements that the revolution had succeeded, followed by remarks of uncertainty, and now we're seeing anger, disappointment and promises to march to the palace in Cairo tomorrow.

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WNYC News

Mubarak Transfers Some Power to Vice President But Won't Step Down

Thursday, February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak said he transferred some power to his vice president but refused to step down Thursday as tens of thousands of protesters calling for his resignation gathered in Cairo to hear the nationally televised address.

Live Egypt Coverage: Special Broadcast from the BBC World Service

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The Takeaway

Getting to Know Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Is Egypt’s vice president, Omar Suleiman, ready to implement a swift transition to democracy and is that even possible? Who is Suleiman? Retired Colonel Patrick Lang has known and worked with Omar Suleiman for two decades. He says Suleiman's intention to provide a strong and orderly transition is genuine, but the time table that Egyptians are hoping for is probably unlikely.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Protests in Egypt Are Helping Break Down Sectarian Barriers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

“In fact, many Egyptians believe that the security apparatus played a key role in fueling sectarian tensions because that played into its hands. And the reality – I’m not saying there were no tensions - but the scenes in the Liberation, the Tahrir, Square really show very clearly that Egyptians are finally getting to know one another and this is really one of the most important lessons of what has happened in Egypt.”

-- Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. You can hear his whole conversation with Leonard about the many different roles of mosques in the protests in Egypt here.

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The Takeaway

Egypt's Labor Unions Galvanize Protest Movement, Spark Economic Fears

Thursday, February 10, 2011

In a move that futher galvanized Egypt's protesters, thousands of Egyptian labors union members held sit-ins and strikes on Wednesday that were expected to continue through the week. Union members have not called for President Hosni Mubarak to step down, instead airing their frustration with low wages and the Egyptian government in general.

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On Being

Scott Atran — Demonstrations, Hopes, and Dreams [remix]

Thursday, February 10, 2011

We make deeper sense of the human dynamics unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa. Anthropologist Scott Atran offers bracing context on the promise of this moment and the response it asks from the watching world.

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