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Need to Know, February 24, 2012: Main Street, Cairo

This week's host Maria Hinojosa.

Egyptian-American Mona Iskander returns to Egypt where she was born and reports about how ordinary people including members of her own family are doing a year after Hosni Mubarak was swept from power. Among those interviewed are Iskander’s 80-year-old aunt who recently found herself surrounded by soldiers with weapons pointed at her head; a newly elected member of parliament who is part of the Muslim Brotherhood; two young protestors demanding that the military regime surrender power to a civilian government; a rug merchant whose business has suffered as foreign tourism has declined, and a driver and his wife who want to see Egypt become a much more conservative Islamic nation.

What’s on this week:

Egypt, today

What’s happening in Egypt a year after Mubarak was swept from power and a military regime took control? Need to Know’s Mona Iskander reports.

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  • Pfsgindi

    The Mona Iskander Report was excellent – but the message from Egypt was unsettling – will the revolution lead to true democracy and justice for All  the people in Egypt or to another Iranian Theocracy ?

  • Ramiro Social-Revolutionary Go

    This report was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen on television.
    It brought tears of emotion to my eyes multiple times.

    I think that perhaps we need to separate our FEAR from our judgement and see through the scary and unsettling images of angry protesters and understand instead that they are simply frustrated,
    and ACTUALLY going into the streets and DOING something…

    and even if their revolution isn’t completed today, tomorrow, or years from now, they at least tried.

  • J.V. Hodgson

    The first thing we as Americans need to do is give Egypt complete freedom of speech religion and the democratic right to vote as they have and stop being ” concerned/worried” about Salafists or the Muslim brotherhood, if that is the will of the Egyptian people democratically.
    We should be concerned that christians are not persecuted or become second class citizens.
    We should be concerned that the military do not usurp in any way the new democratically elected government and its efforts to draw up a constitution. Ideally that would be one over which the elected government had ultimate control of the military, but let democracy proceed down its own Egyptian driven winding road and stop demanding the instant gratification and results which are the American way and character.
     It will take 10 years before the so called Arab spring is ultimately defined and its socio and economic laws and military and international diplomacy are clear.
    They have to do it themselves. QED stop all military aid until a constitution is agreed and where the military fits…
     Substitute governance/ poverty elimination and infrastructure aid meantime thru the UN. Take away the American infidel cries by destroying any reality of that being true.

  • Kcarl7

    If the Egyptians don’t want our involvement with their country (which is why they arrested 28 Americans for interferring), then we should not interfere with their economy by giving them free money!  Use that money to help Americans if the Egyptians don’t want our help.