Archive for January, 2011
“Carter calls Egyptian crisis ‘most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office’”
The former president, who performs work throughout the world for fair elections through The Carter Center in Atlanta, said this was not a revolution “orchestrated by extremist Muslims”.
“The Muslim brotherhood has stayed out of it,” Carter said.
|Saudi King in the Mix By Nina Shea
..winning the hearts and minds, don’t you? I can understand the point concerning the U.S. A billion and a half dollars per year in to Egypt, in “aid”. Guess that does keep the Panama Canal open, isn’t that correct Matthews?.
“The USA does not support democracy; they’re supporting Israel, which is like their baby,” said Ahmed, a 26-year-old Cairo resident. “They think Egypt is functional because it’s in favor of their considerations.”
“I don’t care if we have peace [with Israel] or not,” Ahmed continued, echoing the indifference of many demonstrators who don’t have a clear agenda for what they want a future Egypt to look like, as long as it does not include Mubarak. “But will Israel allow us to have a real president? For example, Turkey elected an Islamic government, but it was their choice. Will Israel give us the freedom to make the same choice?” he asked.
Demonstrators are relying on the foreign press to get their message to Obama.
“Isn’t this democracy?” they asked me over and over when I said I was a journalist from America, incredulous that the country held as the pinnacle of world democracy could ignore such widespread popular sentiment.