National Salvation Front Co-founder, Mohamed Aboulghar
Mail: Boston Marathon
F.B.I. Investigators are still searching for answers. They're pleading for people to turn over photos and videos from the finish line at the Boston Marathon.
Tomorrow, there will be an interfaith service in Boston dedicated to those wounded and killed in the explosions... U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend. There are at least three dead ... an 8-year old boy who was watching the race with his family, a restaurant manager who went to watch the marathon every year since she was a child and a Boston University graduate student. More than 170 people were injured.
On our program yesterday, we spoke with Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki. He is the one who took the riveting photo that appeared on the front page of many of Tuesday's newspapers and he described the moment for us.
Many of you asked for more information about that orange-shirted runner in John Tlumacki's photo. Well, he is 78-year old Bill Iffrig of Washington State. And he's since spoken about the ordeal. He suffered minor injuries.
When we said we would try to make sense of the bombings, Carol Collins tweeted:
How can you make sense of a planned, senseless act of violence?
And Al Dokis tweeted:
Sense can be made of this? It's time to take a stand and make a change. Too many of our children are being taken.
One of our guests, James Der Darian, contrasted this bombing with what happened in Iraq the same day. And to that, Elle Flanders says:
Thanks to James for mentioning 60 dead Iraqis. There is a need for global perspective.
National Salvation Front, Mohamed Aboulghar
It's hard to forget the jubilation of the Egyptians who filled the streets on February 11th, 2011 when Hosni Mubarak resigned following 18 days of protests across the country. Protesters sang "Hold your head high, you are Egyptian."
But you'd be hard pressed to find that optimism today. The post-Mubarak transition led by the Muslim Brotherhood's President Mohamed Morsi has been marred with violence, political upheaval and disappointment. Not to mention crippling economic woes.
Many of those disillusioned with the Islamist government now put their hope in the National Salvation Front, a coalition of Egyptian opposition parties.
This week, Mohamed Aboulghar, one of the founders of the National Salvation Front, visited Canada during its first international conference in North America, held here in Toronto.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.
Promo: Caregiver Documentary
Coming up in the days ahead on The Current ... As a 14 year old girl., Jenna Cooper did the kinds of things 14 year olds do: attend school, shop with friends, spend time with Mom.
But one weekend - everything changed. Following a diagnosis of a life altering illness, Jenna became the primary caregiver to her Mother. And with that Jenna became one of an estimated 10 percent of young people in this country to take on that type of responsibility.
In the days ahead we will bring you a special documentary about Jenna Cooper and her mother Kim Latour. We played an excerpt from the documentary.
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