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

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 02:01 PM

Egyptian anti-government demonstrators chant slogans as tens of thousands gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011 amid rumors that Hosni Mubarak appeared to be stepping down. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

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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RJ from Prospect Heights

There is more truth in the suggestion of the audience member who suggested that Netanyahu is ruling Egypt. The US has not suggested stopping its massive funding to Egypt, which is a gamble that Mubarak is taking because he knows that a) Israel counts on it, b) the US arms industry counts on it.

Feb. 11 2011 10:42 AM

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