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Beinin discusses Egypt uprising
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | By Marwa Farag
History professor Joel Beinin, an expert in Middle East history, delivered a talk on the current uprisings in Egypt on Tuesday afternoon in front of a full crowd in the Lane History Corner.
Since Jan. 25, protestors have taken to the streets of Egypt’s main cities, calling for the fall of the existing regime and the resignation of incumbent president Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981.
Over the weekend, Mubarak appointed a vice president and made attempts to reshuffle his government, measures that did not appease protestors. Monday saw the launch of a “Million Man March” in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and during Beinin’s talk, Mubarak announced that he would not be running for reelection in September. Several world leaders, including President Obama, had previously urged him to take this step. Egyptians continue to call for his immediate removal.........
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1 Response for “Beinin discusses Egypt uprising”
Ted Rudow III,MA
February 2, 2011
No one should give President Hosni Mubarak too much credit for being such a great peacemaker, such a martyr, and such a sacrificial idealist to make peace with Israel! As for Mubarak, he is a strong man, strong-willed. He looks unto his own ways. But that kingdom fights even among itself, and that house shall not stand.
He is a man who is set in his ways. He is strong in his own eyes. Yet there are many hidden sorrows, there are many deep disappointments. There were many opportunities for him to give in, but he would not. He turned to his own strength. Within himself he struggles, he fights, he knows not where his loyalties should be. He has compromised so many times, and knows not what is right.
You can bet your boots the US promised him everything if he would make peace with Israel, and they have been delivering. They give Egypt now almost as much aid as Israel. Israel’s getting US$2 or 3 billion a year. Egypt got US$1.2 billion this past year.
Of course, they’re not going to give as much to Egypt, former enemies, as they are to their dear friends and relatives the Jews!