Who Will Be Egypt's Next President?
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For only the second time in Egypt's history, voters will go to the polls next month and find more than one candidate on the ballot. But one year after the unprecedented revolution that pushed Hosni Mubarak from office, how has Egypt changed? The 13 presidential candidates include politicians associated with the old regime, Islamists and independents, but 10 other candidates were disqualified by the election commission. Guest host Sara Terry looks at what role last year's revolutionary spirit will play a part in the elections. Also, the economic recovery slows in the first quarter, and tackling poachers in Central Africa. How one animal rights activist has helped turn the tide against the illegal trade in wildlife.
Banner image: A supporter of Mohammed Morsi (poster), Egyptian head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and presidential candidate, chants slogans at a campaign rally in Zagazig city, 90 kms (56 miles) northeast of Cairo, on April 23, 2012. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images
Economic Recovery Slows in First Quarter ()
Consumers spent at the fastest pace in more than a year, according to news today from the Commerce Department today. But the economy still grew more slowly than had been predicted in the first quarter of 2012. The report does say, however, that the economy is expected to continue to make steady, slow growth. Daniel Gross is a columnist and economics editor at Yahoo Finance, and the author of the forthcoming book, Better Stronger Faster: The Myth of American Economic Decline.
Historic Elections in Egypt, the First since the Arab Spring ()
Fourteen months ago, a revolution led by Egyptian youth forced Hosni Mubarak out of office, in one of the most decisive moments of last year's uprising in the Arab world. Now, Egyptians are getting ready to head to the polls to elect a new president. But controversy surrounds the process. Yesterday, Egypt's election commission released the list of 13 candidates approved for the ballot, disqualifying 10 candidates who had registered and casting doubt on the credibility of the election. How far has Egypt come on the road to democracy since last year's Arab Spring? Will last year's revolutionaries go to the polls or sit it out? What role are women playing in trying to reform the country?
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Laura El-Tantawy: documentary photographer, @lauraeltantawy
- Mona Eltahawy: syndicated columnist, @monaeltahawy
- Nathan Brown: George Washington University
Apes, Elephants, Poaching and Extinction in Africa ()
Just over a century ago, there were an estimated two million chimpanzees living in Africa. Today it's estimated those numbers have dwindled to 150,000, thanks in large part to poaching and the illegal international wildlife trade. News about threats to the continent's great wildlife is nothing new, but news about efforts that are making a difference isn't something we often hear. Ofir Drori is the founder of the organization, The Last Great Ape, and the co-author of The Last Great Ape: A Journey through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of a Continent.
- Ofir Drori: Last Great Ape
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