Monday, January 31, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
It's Monday, January 31st.
Anti-government protests are expected to continue this week, but the current regime shows no sign of falling.
Currently... yes, Canada's parliament is back in session.
This is The Current.
Egypt Politics - Reporter
We played a clip that illustrated one of the scenes in Cairo's central Tahrir Square yesterday - dozens of protesters standing on top of army tanks cheering and calling on President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Canadian-Egyptian Mona Rabie was there. She says that after days of angry and violent protests, there is now an air of jubilation...
To discuss where the events of the last few days have left the situation in Egypt, we reached BBC Correspondent Lyse Doucette in Cairo.
Egypt Politics - Ambassador
Wael Aboulmagd is Egypt's ambassador to Canada. Before that, he was Egypt's deputy assistant foreign minister for human rights. He was in Ottawa for the show.
Egypt Politics - CIA
The Egyptian revolt is putting the United States' commitment to democracy to the test.
Successive U.S. administrations have called on president Mubarek to extend greater political freedom to his people. But the dictator is a vital American ally and those same administrations have supported Mubarek with billions in economic and military assistance.
For days now the U.S. has been appealing for stability... There is plenty of concern over what could happen if the revolution is successful... and a power vacuum opens the door to religious extremists.
Emile Nakhleh argues America must begin to engage with Islamic parties like the Muslim Brotherhood. He is the former Director of the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program. He is also the author of, A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World.We reached him in Edison, New Jersey.
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