We start the show in Cairo, where the euphoria of Egypt's revolutionary ouster of a tyrant has been replaced by an uncomfortable and even deadly reality. This ancient land, with a democracy in its infancy, may have chosen a government leader whose own idea of democracy leaves them with fears of theocracy.
Egypt Divided - Reporter
The sounds of anger from protests in Cairo's streets and squares may sound familiar. But the country was mostly united when it threw out Hosni Mubarak last year. Now, millions are furious with what they see as a power grab by the new president -- but millions of others support Mohamed Morsi. They approve of his new draft constitution written by a mainly Islamist assembly. Opponents say the constitution does not represent the values of a free and democratic society.
On the weekend, President Morsi tried to appease those critics by rescinding controversial decrees he issued last month that gave him broad new powers. But he refused to meet opposition demands that he call off a December 15th referendum on the new constitution. Sharif Abdel Kouddous is a Democracy Now
Reporter in Cairo.Egypt Divided - Injured protester
Ola Shahba knows the Egyptian turmoil from first hand experience. She is an activist with the Popular Socialist Alliance, and was out in the streets with a friend last week when she was dragged away and brutally beaten. Ola Shahba joined us from Cairo.
Egypt Divided - Egyptian-Canadian
Egyptian-Canadians are tracking the unrest closely through social media and phone calls to friends and family. They feel the violence is unprecedented and worry about the future. Siham Kodsi joined me in our Toronto studio.
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