Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why Egypt Matters: Assorted Resources

Sometimes when we're hit with news about protests or unrest in the world, I like to write an explanation of why the news is important. I don't have time to write much, and for the situation in Egypt, I don't need to because so many journalists and analysts have done so already. Here are some links to help you understand why we should be concerned about instability in Egypt and what could happen:

In this first video, CBS Morning recaps the unrest and its causes:
President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year regime has fueled the uprising in Egypt and many citizens are going to continue their fight until they topple his reign. Elizabeth Palmer reports.


In this second video, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on CNN and answers the question of "Which side in Egypt Does U.S. Support?"



From Reuters, A Q&A about U.S./Egypt relations:
Below are key questions about the U.S.-Egyptian relationship, drawn chiefly from reports released this week by Jeremy Sharp of the Congressional Research Service, the nonpartisan research arm of the U.S. Congress, and by Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington.

WHY ARE THE UNITED STATES AND EGYPT ALLIES?

Egypt's decision in March 1979 to become the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel cemented its relationship with the United States and has resulted in its receiving an annual average of $2 billion in U.S. aid in the years since.
Read more.

From the BBC:
If Egyptian unrest turns into an Egyptian revolution, the implications for the Arab world - and for Western policy in the Middle East - will be immense.

Egypt matters, in a way that tiny Tunisia - key catalyst that it has been in the current wave of protest - does not.

Egypt, the most populous Arab state, can help determine the thrust of Arab policies - whether towards Israel or Iran or in the perennial quest for Arab consensus on issues that matter. ...
Read more.

From The Huffington Post:
Egypt has been a key ally for the U.S. in the region since the 1970's, and is currently the second highest recipient of U.S. foreign aid (after Israel).
It tells the story in a slide show.

At Nasdaq in World Markets:
What is happening in Egypt matters a great deal to global investors. It may be a relatively small market, but events like what we are watching punctuate the shifts in risk and capital flows that have been building up.

Egypt matters very much to the rest of the Middle East and has been seen as the one rock in a regional tinderbox of political, religious and social fuses. But if Cairo is the key to the Middle East, it is key to us — the entire Arab world is watching. ...
Read more.

Columnist Mona Elthawy tells CNN that a series of American presidents have chosen stability in Egypt rather than democracy.



Finally, experts try to guess what's next in Egypt, while Mubarak names his a Vice President:
His 30-year regime now facing intense pressure, Mubarak announced Saturday that the Arab world's most populous nation would once again have a deputy leader. For that role, he tapped Omar Suleiman, the intelligence chief who has been a powerful behind-the-scenes player for a long time.
Suleiman has been called "a thug." Read more here.

1 comment:

msladydeborah said...

Nordette,

There is a documentary on You Tube that was produced in 2008 by Aljazeera English on Egypt. The title is "A Nation in Waiting". It provides a lot of background on the situations that have lead up to the current rebellion in Egypt. It provides a lot of background information from a different perspective.

This situation is going to have an ripple effect on the rest of the world. I think that it is just a matter of time before the current government topples.