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Egypt is bracing for increased violence between massive crowds for and against Mohamed Morsi, the President elected just one year ago. Also, austerity in Ireland: job cuts, tax increases and wild horses.

Banner imge: Military helicopters fly above Tahrir Square while protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members during a protest in Cairo July 1, 2013. Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Producers:
Evan George
John Sepulvado
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower

Today's Talking Point Ireland under Austerity: Abandon the Horses, Evade the Tax Man 9 MIN, 26 SEC

Devastated by the collapse of real estate values, Ireland received $113 billion in bailout money from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. In exchange, Ireland is paying the high price of austerity. It's meant lower wages and layoffs, higher taxes and huge reductions in pension and social welfare programs. John Sepulvado reports on some unexpected victims --- with four feet.

Sepulvado's story was brought to us by the KCRW Independent Producer Project.

 

 

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Once busy retail centers like Shop St in Galway have seen up to a 50% drop off in customer traffic since austerity and the recession began.

 

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This boxing club for Irish Travellers has seen significant cutbacks in funding since austerity. The club serves about 100 at-risk children living in the town of Tuam.

 

 

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Roz Kachicchi and Eileen Naughton track abandoned horses running wild near Loughrea. They founded a non-profit group, Forgotten Horses Ireland, to help find homes for the 20,000 horses abandoned during austerity.

 

 

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Some schools, especially in rural areas, have cut afterschool sporting programs to save money. This school in Athenry sends fundraising letters at the end of the school year to raise money for capital improvements.

 

 

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Ghost estates are found throughout Ireland, from Dublin to the popular vacation spots. On this small island, about 75% of the vacation homes are empty, and 20% are in some process of foreclosure.

Making News Egypt's Military Outs President Morsi 7 MIN, 30 SEC

One year after Mohammed Morsi became Egypt's first elected president, the military has once again taken control and installed a temporary successor. In Tahrir Square, the massive crowd that called for Morsi's ouster is elated. Across town, Morsi supporters are denouncing the military coup. Abigail Hauslohner is Cairo Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post (@ahauslohner)

Main Topic Egypt at a Crossroads…Once Again 33 MIN, 49 SEC

NOTE: This discussion was recorded while events in Egypt were developing — and just before President Morsi's ouster from office.

Egypt is bracing for increased violence between massive crowds for and against Mohamed Morsi, elected just one year ago. The President has refused to step down, tanks are in the streets of Cairo, and Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood claims there has been a military coup. Was it "invited" by the millions who are protesting his rule?  Has the US given its tacit approval?  What are the potential consequences for democracy in Egypt and, more broadly, in the rest of the Middle East?

Guests:
David Kenner, Foreign Policy magazine (@davidkenner)
Omar Rezda, investment banker
Shadi Hamid, Brookings Doha Center (@shadihamid)
Robert Springborg, Naval Postgraduate School
Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations (@stevenacook)

The Struggle for Egypt

Steven A. Cook

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