FROM Jehan Reda
Egyptians Vote in Historic Election For the first time in Egyptian history, voters are choosing a national leader, even though a constitution that spells out the powers of the office has yet to be enacted. We look at the candidates and the role of religion, the military -- and the prospects for real democracy.
Democracy in the Land of the Pharaohs For the first time in Egyptian history, voters are choosing a national leader, even though a constitution that spells out the powers of the office has yet to be enacted. The military says the election will be "free and fair," but will it cede power to the revolutionaries who overthrew Hosni Mubarak just 15 months ago? With conservative and moderate Muslims on the ballot, what will be the role of religion? Are most Egyptians concerned with who can put food on the table? As the voting continues today and tomorrow, we look at the candidates and what the first election in any Arab country could mean for the outcome of the so-called "Arab Spring."
Egypt: Ten Days of Protests, Disruption and Continued Uncertainty As the protests in Cairo have turned violent, some 17 million residents are wondering when their lives will return to normal. We hear what it's like to live in a city where history is being made and where Egyptians await resolution of the dispute over who will lead their country.
Egypt: Ten Days of Disruption and Continued Uncertainty In Cairo's Tahrir Square today, pro-government forces escalated attacks on anti-government protesters. There have been gunfire and reports of some fatalities. Reporters and camera crews from the international news media are being assaulted and detained, apparently to remove witnesses of the crackdown. At the same time, President Hosni Mubarak's new Prime Minister apologized for the violence, and the army began to separate the battling factions. We talk with residents of Cairo about the disruption of their lives and how a political transition might be accomplished, and hear how the Obama Administration is trying to influence events.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.