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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Oscar Docs: The Square

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Our annual series on Oscar nominated documentaries kicked off yesterday. We'll speak with the filmmakers behind all five films over the coming days: Cutie and the Boxer (Tuesday); The Square (Wednesday); 20 Feet from Stardom (Thursday); The Act of Killing (Friday); Dirty Wars (Monday)

Director and cinematographer, Jehane Noujaim of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary "The Square" talks about her film documenting the events in Cairo's Tahrir Square and the ongoing struggle in Egypt.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory Update: Egypt Since Tahrir Square

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ashraf Khalil joined us in January 2011, as protesters filled Tahrir Square. On today’s Backstory, he updates us on how Egypt’s democracy has taken shape, the growing power struggle between the country’s military and its democratically elected officials, and the mixed messages of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit there earlier this week. Ashraf Khalil is the author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

In Tahrir Square

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill discuss their new documentary “In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution.” They’re joined by Egyptian-American journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous, who is featured in it. “In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution” debuts on HBO Wednesday, January 25, at 8 pm.

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The Washington Report

Romney's Loss in South Carolina, E.U. Oil Embargo on Iran, Egypt One Year Later

Monday, January 23, 2012

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speaks to Kerry Nolan about the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Iran, and Egypt.

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The Takeaway

Thousands of Women Protest Army Violence in Egypt

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In what historians said was the largest demonstration by women in generations, thousands of Egyptian women marched Tuesday against their treatment by security forces. The fifth day of protests in Tahrir Square was sparked by footage of soldiers savagely beating a woman and tearing off her clothes at demonstrations over the weekend. Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces expressed regret over the incident, though suggested it was isolated. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against the Egyptian military's treatment of women, calling it "shocking."

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The Takeaway

Fifth Day of Violent Clashes in Tahrir Square

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Egyptian security forces attempted to clear protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square in a predawn raid on Tuesday — the second in as many days — as clashes between demonstrators and police entered their fifth day. Thirteen people have been killed in the protests since the second round of parliamentary elections began on Friday. On Sunday, the United Nations and the U.S. State Department condemned the violence. Gen. Adel Emara of Egypt's ruling military council denied using violence against the protesters on Monday.

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The Takeaway

Hassan Heikal on His 'Tahrir Square Tax'

Monday, November 28, 2011

Economic inequality is the primary motivation for the Occupy protests that began in New York and have since gone global. A clear-cut solution for restoring financial stability and easing public disgruntlement, stateside or in the burgeoning European debt crisis, is nowhere in sight. But one millionaire claims to have an answer.

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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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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

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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The Takeaway

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

Islamist Protesters Rally in Egypt's Tahrir Square

Friday, July 29, 2011

Islamist protesters packed Egypt's Tahrir Square this morning, calling for the implementation of Shariah law. Dominated largely by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most organized political contingent, the Islamists have remained quiet throughout most of the revolution since former-president Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February. Their goals differ greatly from those of the secular groups who have been leading demonstrations in Tahrir Square since early July.

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