FROM David Kenner
In Egypt, the Crisis Continues Egypt's interim President hasn't spoken in public since he was installed by the military after it deposed the first elected leader in the Arab world, Former Judge Adli Mansour has proposed a time-table leading to future elections and named some cabinet members. Egypt is divided between religious and secular forces, each of which is divided within, while an uneasy coalition tries to establish credibility and restore order. Will outraged supporters of ousted President Morsi allow another election? Will there be more blood in the streets? Is the Obama Administration protecting America's vital interests? We hear about a dangerous moment for Egypt, democracy and stability in the region.
Egypt at a Crossroads…Once Again 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?
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