People's Revolt in Egypt Continues to 'Snowball'
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The Obama Administration appears to be distancing itself from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, after 30 years of support in the name of "regional stability." In Cairo, protesters are defying another afternoon curfew with no opposition as yet from Egyptian troops, and there's talk of turning millions of people into the street tomorrow. Also, the accelerating growth of mixed-race Americans.
Banner image: Protestors carry a large Egyptian flag through Tahrir Square on January 31, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Unrest in Egypt: Should the US Take Sides? ()
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has reorganized his government, but protest leaders plan a "million man march" tomorrow to demand that he step down. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on several weekend news programs to talk about the Obama Administration's evolving position on the crisis. Protestors denounce the Administration's call for "an orderly transfer of power" as "hypocrisy." But would pushing Mubarak out provide a path for democracy or an opportunity for some new form of tyranny, perhaps one like that of Iran? In the meantime, will Mubarak order the riot police and the Army to crack down? After supporting an increasingly unpopular despot for 30 years, what can the US do now to stay on "the right side of history?"
- Nicholas Kristof: Columnist, New York Times
- David Sanger: Washington Correspondent, New York Times, @SangerNYT
- Leslie Gelb: President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
- Shadi Hamid: Deputy Director, Brookings' Doha Center, @shadihamid
- Fawaz Gerges: Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations, London School of Economics
Accelerating Growth of Mixed-Race Americans ()
Immigration and intermarriage are changing the population of the United States. One of the fastest growing demographic groups is multi-racial Americans. Mixed-race marriages used to be illegal in some states. Now, one in seven new marriages is between spouses of different races or ethnicities. That's according to the Pew Research Center, which has analyzed data from 2008 and 2009. Mixed-race statistics from last year's census will be released, state by state, in the next few months. Jeffrey Passel is senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center.
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