Showdown in Egypt: The Situation and What's at Stake

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood hold prayers in Tahir Square ahead of the first anniversary of the revolution on January 24, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images/Getty)

Today, members of the Muslim Brotherhood will take part in protests across Egypt to demonstrate against the recent power grab by the Egyptian military council. The council has promised to hand over power by the end of the month, but that's done little to reassure the country and the international community that what they're witnessing isn't simply a "soft coup."  

The United States has urged Egypt's military to move swiftly on plans to transfer full power to an elected civilian government. Suggested failure to do so would prompt a review of U.S. ties, which includes billions of dollars in military and civilian aid. Joining us from Cairo is Jon Leyne, correspondent for our partner the BBC.


Jon Leyne

Produced by:

Rupert Allman

Comments [1]


It seems the US media's sanguine and euphoric exuberance during last year's protests in Egypt was more of a projection of immature fantasy rather than serious reporting based on reality, facts and history.

The narrative at the time was that Obama was the catalyst by forcing Mubarak to step down however the media seems highly reticent in giving the President credit for the ominous power struggle currently taking place between the military junta and the Muslim Brotherhood.

It must be disconcerting for the media when events do not match the "progressive" narrative they have created out of thin air.

Jun. 19 2012 08:02 AM

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