Round Table: Obama Administration's Middle East Policies

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On Thursday, President Obama plans to deliver an important speech regarding his Administration’s Middle East policy. For first time since demonstrations and political revolutions began sweeping across the Middle East and Northern Africa, President Obama will likely address specific countries, including Bahrain and Yemen. The Takeaway hosts a round table discussion with Arab-Americans, who share their expectations, and hopes for U.S. involvement in their home countries.

Nancy Yousef came to America from Egypt, and now works as a Professor of English Literature at CUNY Baruch in New York; Naima Nour moved to the US from Tunisia 10 years ago and is the founder and director of the Tunisian Cultural & Information Center USA.

 

Guests:

Naima Nour and Nancy Yousef

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

listener

The one thing that unites these "democracy" movements is fierce hostility to the one true democracy which is Israel and the "progressive" hostility to the only fragile
Islamic democracy which is Iraq. Expect more platitudes from the President as he waits to see who wins before he picks sides.

May. 18 2011 09:09 AM
Celia

Editorial comment....running background music up under the last minute or so of Kati Marton's incredibly sobering and interview re: husband Holbrooke's work to counter the administration's militaristic bent in Pakistan was grating, almost insensitive.

May. 18 2011 09:00 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The Christian and other religious minorities in the Middle East need more protection. Their presence also adds stability in these countries and keeps radical Muslims from taking over. If the Christians are forced out, it will be bad news for everyone. The US should tie aid to better protection for these groups.

May. 18 2011 08:17 AM
AM:Hate Radio from Atlanta Goergia

1. We Need to End Both Wars [Occupations] In Afghanistan & Iraq

2. Quickly End Our Involvement In [Libya]

3. Stop Giving Foreign Aid To [All] Middle East Nations.

Note: We Can't Afford it

4. Stop Intervening In Other Nations Squabbles

5. Have No Favorites: It Doth Not and has Never Profited Us.

6. Improve Our Nation's Infrastructure.

7. End All Bush Tax Cuts+Oil+Gas+Mega Farm Subsidies

Note: Its Costly Corporate Welfare

8. Create a National OJT:On The Job Training Program, That Places Unemployed Americans On a Job Paying More Than $10.00 An Hour+Benefits

9. Create a True Energy Program

10. Renovate & Sell All Abandoned+Depressed Homes At A Bargain Price

Note: Opposed To Letting Properties Go To Waste.

Equals: Great Recovery, For All Americans & America

May. 17 2011 11:20 PM

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