FROM Fares Braizat
President Obama and Change in the Middle East President Obama has made his second major address on the Mid East and North Africa. We hear how he thinks the US needs to adapt to changes brought on by the so-called Arab Spring, and what they mean for Israel and the Palestinians.
President Obama on the Middle East and 'Arab Spring' Speaking in Cairo two years ago, President Obama called for a "new beginning" in the Muslim Middle East based on "respect" and "mutual interest." Today, he said the so-called "Arab Spring" requires yet another "new chapter in American diplomacy," and he promised economic help to facilitate democracy. Once again, he criticized Israeli settlements. For the first time, he said a Palestinian state should be based on 1967 boundaries. Did he achieve the goal of a sweeping survey of a complex region? Can he revive American influence? We hear a variety of opinions.
After Egypt: How the Arab World Is Reacting In Egypt, the new military government has promised to end the state of emergency and re-write the constitution. Soldiers have told remaining protesters on Tahrir Square it's time to go back to work. We update the situation in the region.
The Pressure Mounts on Mubarak and Obama 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." The Army paved the way for the so-called "march of millions" by saying it would not fire on demonstrators and calling their demands "legitimate." The new vice president offered negotiations but, speaking for the protesters, Mohamed ElBaradai said they won't talk until President Hosni Mubarak leaves the country. What else do they want? What's the fallout in other Middle Eastern countries? And, what is the Obama Administration planning to do now?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?