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Monday
Jan312011

Egyptian Unrest Affects Relationship with US

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As protests in Egypt continue, questions about the United States' role in the region have increased.

For the second day, protestors on Sunday arrived in front of the White House to demand that President Obama call on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.  Instead, President Obama met with his national security team throughout the weekend and called for an "orderly transition" to a more responsive government.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that a "faux democracy" is unacceptable.

She told ABC News that Egypt needs "real democracy, not a democracy for six months or a year and when evolving into essentially a military dictatorship or a so-called democracy that then leads to what we saw in Iran."

In Egypt, leaders of the protest movement have expressed surprise that Washington has not thrown its full support behind their movement.

"People expected the U.S. to be on the side of the people, there is a legitimate need for democracy and social justice and to let go of a dictator" opposition figure and Nobel Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei told ABC News Sunday morning.  Without completely abandoning Mubarak, who met with his military team Sunday afternoon, the Obama administration is now talking more about the Egyptian people.

"This is not about America.  Let's not make Egypt about America.  The minute we do that there is enough anger in the region, not just about our relations with authoritarians but on our foreign policy," says Shibley Telhami, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

While the recent revolt in Tunisia brought about quick change and helped spark Egypt's uprising, change at the top in Egypt may not follow that same model.  Some believe that Mubarak has a stronger will to remain in his country.

"My gut tells me Mubarak is not going to flee the country like the president of Tunisia.  He's not made that way," former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Nicholas Veliotes said.

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Friday
Jan282011

Rival to Egyptian President Taking Part in Protests

Photo Courtesy - Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- As he tries to hold his government together in the face of widespread protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak must now contend with the return of major political opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

ElBaradei, who won a Nobel Peace Prize, plans to attend demonstrations set for Friday to protest government repression, police brutality and widespread unemployment.  A huge rally last Tuesday, mostly fueled by bloggers on social networks, led to violence and at least three deaths.

In the past, ElBaradei has been hesitant to participate in political protests but he indicated that the situation has gotten to the point where he feels he must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with opponents of Murbarak, who are calling for the 83-year-old leader to step down.

ElBaradei earlier told Newsweek magazine, "I am going back to Cairo, and back onto the streets because, really, there is no choice.  So far, the regime does not seem to have gotten that message."

Until now, the Egyptian government felt that ElBaradei, a renowned international negotiator, and his National Front campaign were too weak to have much of an impact.  However, ElBaradei's appearance Friday in full public view could serve as a tipping point in favor of anti-government protestors.

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