Democracy & Egyptian military council

The pictures coming out of Cairo and seven other Egyptian cities depict a frenzy and an anger over a revolution sidetracked as the ruling military council stumbles in what was supposed to be a transition to democracy.

Part One of The Current


It's Tuesday, November 22nd.

Canada, the United States and Britain have announced tough new financial sanctions against Iran amid new concerns that it is developing nuclear weapons.

Currently, Iran continues to insist there is no nuclear weapons program ... just like there was no Holocaust.

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Democracy & Egyptian military council - Sherif Gaber

We started this segment with the sights and sounds from Cairo these past four days could easily be mistaken for the sights and sounds of last January. Once again, protesters are in Tahrir Square, and once again, they are agitating for real freedom. In January, they blamed their oppression on Hosni Mubarak.

Now, they are focused on military - which has resorted to increasingly lethal violence in the face of swelling protests. Numbers are hard to track but close to 30 people have been killed, and more than 1,500 wounded.

The military in Egypt has been in control since President Mubarak was forced out in February. It was meant to oversee the transition to democracy. But with the first round of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin Monday ... many Egyptians fear the military has no plans to relinquish any real control to the people.

Sherif Gaber is a political activist in Cairo and we reached him in Tahrir Square this morning.

Democracy & Egyptian military council - Heba Morayef

The Arab spring is heading into winter and for many Egyptians at least, not much has changed. Heba Morayef has been closely watching developments since the revolution. She's a reseracher for Human Rights Watch, based in Cairo. We reached her there this morning.

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