WBEZ | Egyptian protests http://www.wbez.org/tags/egyptian-protests Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Gene Sharp, 'Clausewitz Of Nonviolent Warfare,' Amazed By Egypt's Youth http://www.wbez.org/story/albert-einstein-institution/2011-02-22/gene-sharp-clausewitz-nonviolent-warfare-amazed-egypts- <p><p>He's been called "the man who changed the world," by <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/02/22/sharp_the_man_who_changed_the_world/" target="_blank">the editorial board of the <em>Boston Globe</em></a>, and the <a href="http://www.clausewitz.com/" target="_blank">Karl Von Clausewitz</a> of nonviolent warfare" <a href="http://www.rferl.org/content/interview_gene_sharp_on_egypt_revolution/2316311.html" target="_blank">by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty</a>.</p><p>As <em>Morning Edition </em>host Steve Inskeep notes, former Havard reseacher <a href="http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations74c0.html" target="_blank">Gene Sharp</a> has been an inspiration to young revolutionaries in countries such as Serbia and Egypt, where they used his manual <em><a href="http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations/org/FDTD.pdf" target="_blank">From Dictatorship to Democracy</a></em> and his book <em>The Politics of Nonviolent Action</em> to help guide them through what turned out to be successful — and peaceful — revolts against oppressive regimes.</p><p>In a conversation with <em>Morning Edition</em>, Sharp talks with Steve about why dictators can't stand up to a determined, organized, non-violent resistance.</p><p></p><p>"It's wise," he says of nonviolent resistance. "Nonviolence is a kind of people power — a people mobilizing power ... [and something that dictators] are not equipped to deal with effectively."</p><p>Violence, on the other hand, is a dictator's "best weapon," Sharp says, and something that such a regime is well equipped to handle.</p><p>Steve asks Sharp, who's now 83, if he learned anything from the young protesters in Egypt who ultimately led to the collapse of President Hosni Mubarak's regime.</p><p>"I was amazed when I saw, very early on in the Egyptian struggle, this testimony — 'we're not afraid anymore, we've lost our fear,' " Sharp says. "That is something Gandhi always advocated. He said 'cast off your fear.'</p><p>"Once a regime is no longer able to frighten people — to terrorize them into passive submission — then that regime is in big trouble."</p><p>Here's that part of their conversation:</p><p>Sharp is now a senior scholar at <a href="http://www.aeinstein.org/organizationsa4f8.html" target="_blank">the Albert Einstein Institution</a>, which he founded. It is "dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world."</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/stations/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams <em>Morning Edition</em>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1298443645?&gn=Gene+Sharp%2C+%27Clausewitz+Of+Nonviolent+Warfare%2C%27+Amazed+By+Egypt%27s+Youth&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=nonviolence,Albert+Einstein+Institution,Gene+Sharp,Anti-Government+Protests+Roil+Egypt,Egyptian+protests,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Author+Interviews,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133965129&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110223&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=3&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=133965504,133965500,133965153,133370727,133296447,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 23:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/albert-einstein-institution/2011-02-22/gene-sharp-clausewitz-nonviolent-warfare-amazed-egypts- Examining the widespread powers of the Egyptian military http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/examining-widespread-powers-egyptian-military-82315 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/seg a.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Egypt&rsquo;s military swiftly assumed control following Friday&rsquo;s ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Since then, military leaders have dissolved Parliament, suspended the Constitution, met with young opposition leaders and promised to move forward on a peaceful democratic transition.</p><p>The real test of its commitment to civilian rule will come six months from now, when elections are slated to be held.</p><p>While the military is widely trusted in Egyptian society, no real checks exist on its vast political and economic power.</p><p><a href="http://www.jamestown.org/media/experts/" target="_blank">Andrew McGregor</a> is the head of global terrorism analysis at the Jamestown Foundation and author of the book <em>A Military History of Modern Egypt</em>. He examines the enormous role Egypt's military has played in society and whether it will make good on its promises.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/examining-widespread-powers-egyptian-military-82315 Egypt's Revolution In Photos http://www.wbez.org/story/editor039s-pick/2011-02-11/egypts-revolution-photos-82228 <p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133370727/anti-government-protests-roil-egypt" target="_blank"><strong>Learn more</strong></a> about the events in Egypt. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297468637?&gn=Egypt%27s+Revolution+In+Photos&ev=event2&ch=97635953&h1=Revolutions,Egypt+protesters,Egypt+unrest,Egyptian+protests,Egypt,Editor%27s+Pick,The+Picture+Show,Photography,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133693869&c7=1004&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1004&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110211&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133566211,133402989,133374092,133296447,126932820,125399149,97635953,127602464,103943429,133370727,133370727,127602464,103943429,133370727,127602464,103943429,133370727&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/editor039s-pick/2011-02-11/egypts-revolution-photos-82228 Egypt: Protest Movement Continues; Government Projects 'Business As Usual' http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/2011-02-08/egypt-protest-movement-continues-government-projects-business-usual-81966 <p><p>On Day 15 of the crisis in Egypt:</p><p>— NPR's Eric Westervelt <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133583951/Egypt-Latest" target="_blank">reported on <em>Morning Edition</em></a> that while there are "no signs the [protest] movement is weakening," the government of President Hosni Mubarak is trying to project an image of "business as usual" and some Egyptians are hoping that things do ratchet down as talks continue between the government and opposition groups about a way forward.</p><p>— Al-Jazeera, focusing on the scene in Cairo's Tahrir Square, <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/20112851424979539.html" target="_blank">says that</a> "protesters in the Egyptian capital are holding mass demonstrations, with a new wave of optimism reaching the pro-democracy camp following the release of the detained cyber activist, Wael Ghonim. As demonstrations seeking an immediate end to Hosni Mubarak's rule enter their 15th day, protesters ... are refusing to leave until their demands are met."</p><p>— Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133586501/egypts-mubarak-creates-panel-for-reforms" target="_blank">the Associated Press writes</a> that Mubarak "set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional amendments to relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits — seeking to meet longtime popular demands as a standoff with protesters seeking his ouster enters its third week."</p><p>— But even as word of that committee emerges, Germany's <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,744148,00.html" target="_blank"><em>Der Spiegel</em> says</a> "exploratory talks are already underway about a possible stay by Mubarak in Germany. The scenario is certainly attractive: Egypt would get rid of its unpopular president, and Mubarak could make a dignified departure." It reports that the Egyptian leader might travel to the Max Grundig Clinic in southwestern Germany for "medical treatment." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1297170737?&gn=Egypt%3A+Protest+Movement+Continues%3B+Government+Projects+%27Business+As+Usual%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Anti-Government+Protests+Roil+Egypt,Egyptian+protests,Hosni+Mubarak,Foreign+News,Egypt,The+Two-Way,Africa,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133586823&c7=1004&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1004&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110208&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 06:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/2011-02-08/egypt-protest-movement-continues-government-projects-business-usual-81966 Demonstrators demand new U.S. policy on Egypt http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt <p><p>Hundreds of Chicagoans gathered downtown during rush hour on Friday to say that President Barack Obama still hasn&rsquo;t been forceful enough in telling Egypt&rsquo;s 30-year president to go.&nbsp;The demonstrators chanted as they held signs and waved Middle Eastern flags across from the Egyptian Embassy on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just hours earlier, Obama had spoken to reporters about Egypt, saying that &quot;there needs to be a transition process that begins now.&quot;&nbsp;But Laith Saud, one of the organizers of the rally, said that wasn't enough. When asked what he would rather hear the U.S. president say, Saud responded, &ldquo;President Mubarak, you have lost all legitimacy. We could start with that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many at the protest said they had friends who are at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the epicenter of the Egyptian protests. They said they'd rather be there, but voicing their part from Obama&rsquo;s hometown of Chicago is the next best thing.</div></p> Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/demonstrators-demand-new-us-policy-egypt Jordan's King Names New Prime Minister http://www.wbez.org/story/egyptian-protests/jordans-king-names-new-prime-minister <p><p>News is breaking from Jordan, where King Abdullah has reportedly fired the prime minister, the Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.</p><p>The AP is calling it a sacking.</p><p>Reuters says "King Abdullah on Tuesday asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, an official said. The official said the monarch officially accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai, a wealthy politician and former court adviser, and asked Bakhit to form a new government."</p><p>As first Tunisia and then Egypt and Yemen have been rocked by anti-government demonstrations, Jordan has also seen <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12257894" target="_blank">protests in recent weeks over rising prices and unemployment</a>.</p><p><strong>Update at 8 a.m. ET. </strong>The Jordan News Agency (PETRA) <a href="http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?lang=2&site_id=1&NewsID=20517&CatID=13" target="_blank">writes that</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday asked Marouf Al Bakhit to form a new government to replace the cabinet of Prime Minister Samir Rifai.</p><p>"The new government will have the task of 'taking practical, swift, and tangible steps to launch a real political reform process, in line with the King's vision of comprehensive reform, modernization and development.' In the letter of designation to Bakhit, the King said the new cabinet should proceed 'with confidence to bolster democracy, and move ahead with nation building that opens the scopes for broad accomplishment to all dear sons of our country and secure them the safe and dignified life they deserve.' "</p><p></blockquote> Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296567136?&gn=Jordan%27s+King+Names+New+Prime+Minister&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=King+Abdullah,Jordan,Egyptian+protests,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,World,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133398168&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110201&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133398204,133398202,133296447,127602464,103943429,133396481,133396479,128059985,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 06:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/egyptian-protests/jordans-king-names-new-prime-minister Live-Blog: Tuesday's Historic Day In Egypt http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/live-blog-tuesdays-historic-day-egypt <p><p>This post has as-they-happen updates on <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/133370727/anti-government-protests-roil-egypt">the news from Egypt</a>, where Tahrir Square is filling with what protesters hope will be a million people demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down and that their nation. Check back with us throughout the day, and be sure to hit your "refresh" button so that you'll see our latest updates:</p><p><strong>Update at 6:15 a.m. ET. Like Woodstock?</strong></p><p>From Tahrir Square, <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/nolanjazeera/status/32392202726412289" target="_blank">Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan tweets that</a>:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Protestor handing biscuits out to all in the heart of the square. It feels kinda like an Egyptian version of Woodstock at the mo!"</p><p></blockquote></p><p><strong>— 5:25 a.m. ET:</strong> It's midday in Cairo and <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12331520" target="_blank">the BBC writes</a> that correspondent "Lyse Doucet in Tahrir Square says the crowds there are already much bigger than on previous days."</p><p><a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/2011215827193882.html" target="_blank">According to Al Jazeera</a>, more than 100,000 demonstrators are already there. it also reports that the Army continues to provide security, without taking any actions to hinder the protests. Al Jazeera is again streaming its coverage online.</p><p>NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, who is in the square, says some of the demonstrators may march to the Presidential Palace later. Al Jazeera, though, is reporting that the march to the palace may be delayed until Friday.</p><p>Meanwhile, "the mood is extremely ebullient this morning," Lourdes reports, in part because last night the nation's new vice president — Omar Suleiman, who — said he has been instructed by Mubarak to to negotiate with all political parties on Constitutional and legislative reform. Protesters, Lourdes says, think that's a sign that Mubarak's days in power are numbered. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296559333?&gn=Live-Blog%3A+Tuesday%27s+Historic+Day+In+Egypt&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Tahrir+Square,Egypt,Hosni+Mubarak,Anti-Government+Protests+Roil+Egypt,Egyptian+protests,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Africa,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133395369&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110201&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133395687,133395684,133395682,133370727,133296447,127602464,103943429,133370727&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 04:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/live-blog-tuesdays-historic-day-egypt LISTEN: White House Spokesman Gibbs Walks Difficult Line On Mubarak http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/listen-white-house-spokesman-gibbs-walks-difficult-line-mubarak <p><p>How far to go in expressing support for the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133366510/egypt-opposition-urges-1-million-protesters-on-streets" target="_blank">demonstrators demanding freedom</a>, democracy and that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down vs. the uknowns and potential dangers involved if Egypt's leader leaves office?</p><p>Those are the thorny issues facing Obama administration officials as they try to answer questions about where the U.S. stands.</p><p>You can read and hear how the administration is trying to walk the line between supporting human rights and the dangers of the Middle East in this exchange that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had just a short time ago with NBC News' Chuck Todd:</p><p><strong>Todd:</strong> "As far as Mubarak is concerned. So, when you say 'orderly transition,' why is it that you're hesitating? It's clear that you're calling ... that the United States' position is — you want an orderly regime change, is that not correct?"</p><p><strong>Gibbs: </strong>"Again, again; I want to be careful because I don't want you to put words in my mouth ... "</p><p><strong>Todd</strong>: "I understand ... 'Orderly transition' — it seems you're calling for a change in government."</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "No, we're calling for a change in the way the country works."</p><p><strong>Todd</strong>: "So, if Mubarak implemented all that change you'd be OK with it?"</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "The determination as to when that change is met or how that change happens is not going to be determined or dictated by our country — no more, Chuck, than I'm going to determine what ... freedom of speech means to you or to NBC. That's not for me to determine. Why would it be for me to determine for Egypt?</p><p>"... Why would anybody who seeks greater freedom in Egypt be looking for my sign-off on what that means?"</p><p><strong>Todd:</strong> "But it seems to me that many of the protesters are upset about the perception that the U.S. government looks like it's still backing Mubarak."</p><p><strong>Gibbs:</strong> "I do not think that those protesters would be assuaged by the notion that somebody in a series of buildings several thousand miles away have [sic] determined the extent to what that means for them. That is for the people of Egypt to decide and determine." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296506337?&gn=LISTEN%3A+White+House+Spokesman+Gibbs+Walks+Difficult+Line+On+Mubarak&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Egyptian+protests,Hosni+Mubarak,Robert+Gibbs,National+News,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Africa,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133379474&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110131&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133296447,131521861,127911995,127602855,127602464,103943429,133370727,133370727,131423761,130357600,129828651,126922361,10617064,133369529,133369482,133369480,129641447,127602464,103943429,133370727,133296447,131521861,127602464,103943429,133370727,133370727&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/listen-white-house-spokesman-gibbs-walks-difficult-line-mubarak Egypt's Protests; Day Seven: Anti-Mubarak Demonstrators Stay Put http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/egypts-protests-day-seven-anti-mubarak-demonstrators-stay-put <p><p>Thousands of protesters who want Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down are in Cairo's Tahrir Square again today, as the demonstrations that have rocked that nation are in their seventh day. As NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133363676/lawlessness-could-hijack-egypts-popular-uprising" target="_blank">reported for <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, the most populous Arab nation has been turned "on its head" by the crisis.</p><p>We'll keep following the news from Egypt as the day continues. Click your "refresh" button to make sure you're seeing any updates.</p><p><strong>Update at 8:15 a.m. ET:</strong> Al Jazeera says six of its journalists in Cairo have been arrested by authorities.</p><p>The network continues to <a href="http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2011/01/30/live-blog-311-egypt-protests" target="_blank">live-blog here</a> and to<a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/" target="_blank"> stream its English broadcast here</a>.</p><p><strong>Our original post:</strong></p><p>To get started, here's a quick look at some of what's being reported at this hour:</p><p>— "Egyptian protesters have called for a massive demonstration on Tuesday in a bid to force out president Hosni Mubarak from power," <a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/20111316148317175.html" target="_blank">Al Jazeera says</a>. Organizers hope to have "more than a million people on the streets of the capital Cairo, as anti-government sentiment reaches a fever pitch."</p><p>— The Associated Press says that "the coalition of groups, dominated by youth movements but including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, said it wants the march from Tahrir, or Liberation Square, to force Mubarak to step down by Friday. Spokesmen for several of the groups said their representatives were meeting Monday afternoon to develop a unified strategy for ousting Mubarak. The committee will also discuss whether Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei will be named as a spokesman for the protesters, they said. ElBaradei, a pro-democracy advocate and former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, invigorated anti-Mubarak feeling with his return to Egypt last year."</p><p>— The <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12320959" target="_blank">BBC reports</a> that its correspondents "say all the signs continue to suggest that the only change the protesters will settle for is Mr Mubarak's removal from office. Meanwhile, Moodys Investor Services has downgraded Egypt's bond rating and changed its outlook from stable to negative, following a similar move by Fitch Ratings last week. Both cited the political crisis."</p><p>— Also <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133365402/Egypt-Protest-Update" target="_blank">on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>:</p><p>NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Novarro said the protesters in Tahrir Square are determined to stay until Mubarak goes. But "they're not anointing anyone" as the next leader of Egypt, she told <em>ME </em>host Steve Inskeep.</p><p>NPR's Michele Kelemen, who covers the State Department, said the Obama administration "knows what it doesn't want — it doesn't want a political vacuum" in Egypt and "it doesn't want anything that the U.S. does to backfire. So we've seen this administration's position changing, but quite carefully." The current position: The U.S. wants to see an "orderly transition" to democracy. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296480130?&gn=Egypt%27s+Protests%3B+Day+Seven%3A+Anti-Mubarak+Demonstrators+Stay+Put&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Egyptian+protests,Hosni+Mubarak,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Africa,World,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133366682&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110131&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133296447,131521861,127602464,103943429,130729880&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/egypts-protests-day-seven-anti-mubarak-demonstrators-stay-put ElBaradei: Mubarak 'Should Leave Today' http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/elbaradei-mubarak-should-leave-today <p><p>Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "has to leave" and should do it today, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said on CBS-TV's <em>Face the Nation</em> moments ago.</p><p>And ElBaradei, who also spoke with CNN today, told CBS that the U.S. government is "losing credibility by the day" because it appears to be "lending support to a dictator."</p><p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/30/133347704/secretary-clinton-u-s-doesnt-want-to-send-any-message-about-mubarak" target="_blank">we reported earlier</a>, the Obama administration continues to say that Mubarak must allow free and fair elections and put his nation on a path to "real democracy," but has stopped short of endorsing <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133346160/tensions-continue-to-rise-in-egypt" target="_blank">the calls of Egyptian protesters for him to step down</a>.</p><p>ElBaradei has said he is prepared to lead a transitional government while his nation prepares a new, more democratic Constitution. He was awarded <a href="http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2005/" target="_blank">the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize</a> for his work leading the International Atomic Energy Agency.</p><p><strong>Update at 11:05 a.m. ET:</strong> Several <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/storyfulpro/egypt" target="_blank">reporters in Cairo are saying</a> that ElBaradei is headed to Cairo's Tahrir Square, where the protests have been focused, to address the demonstrators. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296403957?&gn=ElBaradei%3A+Mubarak+%27Should+Leave+Today%27&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Mohamed+ElBaradei,Egyptian+protests,Hosni+Mubarak,Foreign+News,The+Two-Way,Africa,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133348846&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110130&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133348893,133296447,131521861,127602464,103943429,133347733,133347731,133296447,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/elbaradei-mubarak-should-leave-today