CAIRO — Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo's Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government.
This Sunday, confrontations between Coptic Christians and armed forces left 25 dead in Egypt. We speak to CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab, who just returned from Egypt, about the country’s presidential election, military rule, and evolving sectarian tensions.
Eager to promote their distinct worldviews, powerful nations like the United States, China and Russia spend billions on international radio, TV and the internet. However, much of this public diplomacy falls on deaf ears.That’s largely the case for the U.S.
Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense.
During the revolution in Egypt, Muslims and Christians united to oust the government of President Hosni Mubarak. Many believed it was the beginning of a new Egypt where Coptic Christians would not feel marginalized by the Muslim majority.Since then, a crack has formed in their united front.