Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Understanding Events in Egypt

Jewish World Review Offers Plenty of Helpful Insight

A gull visits a sandcastle pyramid. Photo by R. S. Kirchman

Egypt and the 'Freedom Agenda' [click to read] by Jeff Jacoby in Jewish World Review.

"Yes, supporting freedom is the best policy. Not just because freedom is better than stability. Not just because tyranny breeds extremism. But because it is unworthy of a nation as great and free as ours not to promote the values it most esteems. It shouldn't take an upheaval in the Arab street to remind us that it is always in America's interest to promote liberal democracy." -- Jeff Jacoby

Mubarak's Supporters Struggle to be Heard [click to read] by Timothy M. Phelps in Jewish World Review.

"For the most part, the subset of Mubarak supporters consisted of those with something to lose, such as engineers, government employees and shop owners. Though one man said he was a driver and another an auto mechanic, there was an air of class distinction in the marchers' comments." -- Timothy M. Phelps

A Look at the Major Players in Egypt's Crisis [click to read] by Jonathan S. Landay and Miret El Naggar in Jewish World Review. To fully grasp what continues to happen in Cairo, there's a necessity to understand who the world is dealing with.

"Started by Hassan al-Banna in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of Egypt's oldest political organizations and its largest, most cohesive opposition movement." -- Jonathan Landay

Will the dominoes continue to fall? [click to read] By Borzou Daragahi and Stephen Starr in Jewish World Review.

"The dramatic political unrest in Egypt, long a pivotal nation in the Arab world, has intensified demands for change across the region and spurred attempts at reform by nations long ruled by autocrats." -- Borzou Daragahi and Stephen Starr

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