Local Reaction to the Events in Egypt
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made history late in the eveing, declaring on TV that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians here in the Los Angeles region, we update local events against today's historic news from the Middle East. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, today's demonstrations that preceded Mubarak's decision as well as response from the Middle East to Washington.
Banner image: Protesters watch Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek give a speech on a projected television screen in Tahrir Square February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Local Reaction to the Events in Egypt ()
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a sort of history tonight. In a televised address to the nation, he declared that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians living in the Los Angeles region, we get local reaction to events in Egypt, including remembrance of a similar historic moment in Cairo in 1954, after King Farouk was deposed by a military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. We also hear from LA's Jewish community, which is America's second largest Jewish community after New York.
- Tamer Ali: Egyptian-born PhD student, UCLA
- Maher Hathout: Senior Advisor, Muslim Public Affairs Council
- Rob Eshman: Editor-in-Chief, Tribe Media
'Jubilant' in Egypt, Cautious in Washington ()
The crowds in Egypt today were bigger than ever, a "remarkable tapestry," a crowd "far bigger and more tumultuous than any in the previous week," according to the New York Times, "from young women with babies to old men with canes." We hear about the demonstrations the preceded President's Mubarak announcement that he will not stand for re-election and get response from the Israel and Washington.
- Udi Segal: Diplomatic Correspondent, Israel's Channel 2 News
- Brian Katulis: Senior Fellow, Center for America Progress, @Katulis
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