Mubarak Defies Calls for Ouster

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian anti-government demonstrators wave their shoes as they show their anger during a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who failed to announce his immediate resignation. (PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

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.”

We're also joined by Zachary Lockman, professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University.


Rashid Khalidi and Zachary Lockman

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [10]

anna from new york

Correction to 10:22
It should be: "This what Arab propaganda and international prostitutional "left" (international sickos) says.
I would set up a trial for those sold out (oil pecunia non olet) bastards who for decades were babbling about ... Israel when countless victims were burned, boiled and cooked elsewhere.

Feb. 11 2011 10:50 AM
anna from new york

"They are one of the richest nations in the world"
Wrong Ragu, wrong. You cofuse them with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, etc.
"Israel , the apartheid state , cruely controls the Palestinian people and deserve no help from the"
Wrong, Ragu, wrong. This what Arab propaganda says. For analysis see, for example, "Muslim Antisemitism" by Rober S. Wistrich.
Yeah, I love those who couldn't care less about Muslim slaves in Muslim countries, but care about the Palestinians.

Feb. 11 2011 10:22 AM
Ayman from Florida

I do hope history doesn't repeat itself...but it will....

Let's all try to remember the Abadan and Reichstag fires...and the ensuing consequences that engulfed the world...

Feb. 11 2011 09:45 AM
Alex from Fredericksburg VA

When I hear callers who think they have "what's best" in mind for Egypt in a 30 second soundbite, it makes me laugh. We (the US) haven't proven ourselves efficient or competant nation-builders, first of all; second of all, it's beside the point. 99% of this country probably still couldn't locate Egypt on a map. We don't really have anything to gain or lose by what eventually happens in Egypt, UNLESS we interfere, in which case we'll continue our Team America losing streak.

Feb. 11 2011 09:20 AM
pk from Somerville, MA

Is the US doing enough? What an absurd question. It's none of our (the US's) business. This is the way that democracy should come to the Middle East--from within.

Feb. 11 2011 09:14 AM
Ragu Spag

Time to stop supporting Both Israel and Egypt and
let them settle their own bouts.
Mubarak is probably one of the richest men in the world, yet his people starve daily.
Israel , the apartheid state , cruely controls the Palestinian people and deserve no help from the
U.S. They are one of the richest nations in the world
and we still send them money when the U.S. has none.
U.S. Senators and Congressmen are owned , except for Tea Bagger Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and Kucinich.
The only folks who really have guts to fight the system!

Feb. 11 2011 09:09 AM
Ray Piskor from Redford, MI

The US government needs to mind its own business - "...remove the plank from your own eye..." Ask yourselves, "How would we respond to any foreign government trying to force it's will on the USA?" If we would not accept this, how can we expect others to accept our butting in on their business? US foreign aid should be limited to helping citizens of the world, not governments. It is not our job to "police" the world, and most of the world resents our attempts to so. The American people should support all people fighting tyranny with our thoughts, our words, and our prayers without interfering in their internal affairs.

Feb. 11 2011 09:04 AM
Rory S. McLaren from Salt Lake City, UT

With regard to what my sign would read:
"Vietnam, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iraq - America's history of "democratizing" countries is a dismal failure." Watch out for the monster you may get in exchange for President Mubarak. Didn't we learn from Iraq? For once I wish America would not interfere with another country's business and let their people decide what's best for them.

Feb. 11 2011 08:47 AM
anna from anna

And the reason NPR is inviting only those who just didn't "notice" all this monstrosity in countless countries - (apartheid (?) in Sudan, martial law for 30 years in Egypt, slavery in rich, very, very rich Arab countries, mistreatment of women, non-existing labor law here and elsewhere ... is?
What can is be? What can it be?

Feb. 11 2011 07:47 AM
anna from anna

Nicholas Kristof likes the Muslem brotherhood. Nothing new. Nicholas Kristof likes any Nazi he meets (or just longs to meet).

Feb. 11 2011 07:38 AM

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