Thursday, February 28, 2013
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
If automatic spending cuts poised to kick in at midnight Thursday, $85 billion will come out of the federal budget – and healthcare, in particular hospitals, will get a larger slice of those cuts than any sector other than the military.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, talks about the recent violence in Sinai and its effect on Egyptian politics.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
There's more trouble unfolding this week in Egypt, as its newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, confronts violence in the Sinai Peninsula. Sixteen Egyptian soldiers were killed Sunday by shooters, and on Tuesday night, gunmen fired on up to seven government checkpoints in what appears to be a carefully planned attack.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. Many Israelis support the swap, but Arnold Roth, who was on The Takeaway yesterday, does not. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. The woman who drove that bomber is one of the 477 set to be released today.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Peace between Israel and Egypt was threatened late last week after a cross-border terrorist attack between the two countries prompted Israeli defense forces to fire at Egypt, killing three Egyptian officers. The killings spurred a diplomatic crisis. Egypt announced that it would recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak broke the Sabbath to issue a rare statement of regret for the deaths, and thousands of Egyptians protested outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The crisis is the sharpest signal yet that the amicable relationship between Israel and Egypt has changed.