Egypt's Journey Towards Democracy

Monday, February 14, 2011

The will of the people of Egypt prevailed with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on Friday. In the wake of his departure the Egyptian military is taking control of the government, with elections to be held in six months. The military dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution. As much as Mubarak's departure is a welcome sight for protesters, there is a growing concern about the military's role in the transition. At the same time, there are longstanding problems that the interim government will have to solve, including ongoing labor strikes, poverty and a tradition of corruption.

For a look at the latest in Egypt we are joined by Omar Khalifa, managing director at O Media, a media company in Cairo, and Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and the author of, "Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East."


Rashid Khalidi and Omar Khalifa

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [5]

anna from new york

Patrick, this is my beef with this "professor" and a number of BBC "journalists." Clearly, they are manipulating and clearly they have an agenda which is in opposition to the interests of people in the region. That's reminds of the situation in communists countries when the population was told by "international" crowd that their problem was the U.S. and ... the Palestinians. The Poles knew better who their enemy was and what their concerns were.
The "international" left is totally discredited again. This is so sad, because there is a real need for civilized, non-prostitutional Social Democratic left representing the interests of the people.

Feb. 14 2011 10:57 AM
Patrick from Hoboken, NJ

I was disappointed with the interview with the Professor of International Relations at BU. His analysis of the Middle East seemed to rely on what I hope are tired cliches about the Middle East:
1) that State Dept policy will be to encourage local governments to appease protest and dissent, rather than push for real reform and democracy (it looks to me that the Administration is becoming much more aggressive in its approach to these regimes)
2) that the major concern of many people in the Arab world is Israel-Palestine. That seems wrong, especially in the light of what we have seen recently. While it is a major issue, it must surely be far down the list of grievances faced by people in Arab countries: lack of jobs, high food prices, gender inequality, and most of all, lack of representative and responsive government. Palestine is a convenient red herring for the autocratic regimes in the area.

Feb. 14 2011 10:26 AM
anna from new york

Well, dear Tarascon. Nice try.
Let's see. Let me start with something I said before. There are some two hundred countries in the world. In many of them, people are cooked, boiled, fried, etc. And when international (like in "Stalin") "journalists" and "academics" talk about Israel and Israel only - it's antisemitism. I can't spend my life here, so can I suggest that you start your education with checking basic vocabulary of theory and practice of prejudice and look up such words, as "singling out" double standards, etc.
For the last several decades, sick antisemites, paid prostitutes or both have been attacking Israel insisting: "No, no, no, we're not antisemises, some of our best friends are Jewish (check, BTW, history of that), we are just critical of the government of Israel.
This has been the same crown which hasn't been critical of governments of Stalin, Mao, Saddam; governments of Uzbekistan, Sudan, Morocco, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Now, this crown tells people in Muslim countries: "Forget about your hunger, forget about your joblessness, forget about your dictators, forget about your children rotting in prisons, forget about your daughters gang raped and stoned - think about .... your Palestinian cousins.
Yes, this is pure antisemitism. And, yes, this is one of areas of my expertise.
One more thing. Forgive me, but I see (and I should) this crowd as collaborators of all these dictators, by misdirecting attention.
Most of "nice" countries have nothing to do with the U.S., but why would international (like in "Stalin") "journalists" and "academics" mention this fact.
dr anna

Feb. 14 2011 09:38 AM
tarascon from TX

Anna, we really need to get away from equating criticism of Israel with "antisemitism." Real antisemitism is as vicious and insupportable as any racial and ethnic insult. To misapply the word is to dilute its meaning and effect. It also has the sad consequence of raising the level of anger, not quelling it.

Feb. 14 2011 08:49 AM
anna from new york

Nothing is more charming than the old fashinoned antisemitism of NPR and BBC.
People of Egypt an dother Muslim countries are instructed by BBC journalists and Boston University "professor" that they don't want bread, freedom and peace but should hate Jews the way European and American antisemites do.
A "professor" doesn't ask a question why Muslims everywhere don't watch videos of tortures in THEIR lands, but are offered the Nazi style hate propaganda films, just instructs them to hate Jews and Americans.
People in Muslim lands, your former masters manipulate you again.

Feb. 14 2011 07:12 AM

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