Egypt Global Impact
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
By Tala Al-Husry : former Brian Lehrer Show intern
The Jordanian king’s recent dismissal of the Prime Minister triggered dramatic statements by the press, asking “is Jordan next?” While the political change in Jordan seems to fit into the narrative of Tunisia and Egypt inspiring protests all over the Middle East, in reality, the change is a regular part of Jordanian politics.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I think what's really interesting about this situation is how much of a spectator the United States is really being forced to play. They don't have a lot of options right now, which is ironic considering the amount of money the United States has funeled into the Egyptian military over the past 30 years. But how much leverage has that bought in a situation like this? It's really hard to say.
— Rachel Martin, NPR National Security Correspondent, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
I don’t think it at all inappropriate to rescind any further military aid until a list of basic democratic reforms are in place, including freedom of the press. I don’t believe it grandstanding for the President of the United States of America to come out unequivocally for their right to democratic self-determination. Whether it has any chance of passing or not, it would not be an empty gesture to bring a motion to the United Nations to call for open elections, monitored by international observers.
Monday, January 31, 2011
— David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times on the Brian Lehrer Show
Friday, January 28, 2011
All of them have one common denominator, which is injustice, social injustice. All of those regimes had privileged certain groups in society and amassed wealth through illegal means like corruption...The people needed to be the rulers, not the other way around. If Tunisia did it, why shouldn't we do it?
— Walid Al-Saqaf, founder and administrator of Yemen Portal, speaking about protest in Yemen and the rest of the Arab world on The Brian Lehrer Show
Thursday, January 27, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
President Obama has said again and again, he has warned tyrants around the world that they’re on the wrong side of history. And he promised people around the world fighting those tyrants that the United States would support them. It’s time to show that now.
— Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues
Friday, January 21, 2011
I was with my family two weeks ago in Tunisia for the holidays, and we were surprised. It was a country that was waiting to explode. People, they start talking, they are not scared anymore.
—Sophia, a caller originally from Tunisia, on The Brian Lehrer Show