iOS app Android app

Cairo Speech

The Story Behind the Polls

James Zogby | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To pick one result, while ignoring this "big picture" is to "miss the forest for the trees." Pointing out a result is as easy as finding a number on a chart. But understanding the meaning of that result is the key to making sense of this or any poll.

What Is Obama's Message for Tahrir Square?

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Jonathan Guyer

Last night, I attended the White House's State of the Union "tweet up," a gathering of a couple hundred new media addicts at the Eisenhower Executive ...

Marcus Baram

CHART: Obama's Middle East Speeches Compared | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Since President Obama's much-praised speech at Cairo University in June 2009, a lot has changed in the Middle East. Thursday's highly a...

America's Arab Comeback Except for Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

America's problems with Arabs and its challenges in the Middle East are far from over. Mr. Obama must still fulfill his promises to celebrate with Palestinians their full membership in the United Nations this fall and to draw down its forces in Afghanistan.

Obama Should Give Second Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

People in America need to hear this type of leadership, and the people in the region who are risking everything -- including their lives -- to protest tyranny absolutely deserve to hear from Obama at this point.

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

Oasis and Mirage: Fulfilling the Promise of Cairo

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

From the Emir of Qatar to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the message to Secretary Clinton was that renewed momentum in the Arab-Israeli peace process was crucial to reverse the slide in the president's credibility throughout the Muslim world.

Nobel Oblige

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Snow

The prize places this very new American president in the position of herculean expectations to fulfill his vision that the world might live together peaceably in a nuclear-free environment.

What President Obama Should Say About Iran 's Election

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

President Obama may well find that no matter who is elected president of Iran, the chances of a negotiated rapprochement will be far greater than it has been in the past 30 years.

Pardon Me, Sir, But is My Eye Hurting Your Elbow?

Howard A. Rodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard A. Rodman

Sorry to say, the world can be divided into two kinds of people -- those who apologize, and those who don't. Among the former is David Letterman, a man so sorry he apologized to Sarah Palin twice.

'Bill Clinton is Syrian' and Other Tales of Obama's Speech From Damascus

Freddy Deknatel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Freddy Deknatel

Syrians will continue to ignore gestures of American reconciliation and Obama's optimistic oratory until an American ambassador is returned to Damascus and sanctions are lifted.

The Difference Between Bush's "Freedom Agenda" and Obama's "Support for Human Rights"

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Neil Hicks

President Obama's strength is that he does not need to engage in the abrasive and divisive rhetoric of the Bush administration to get the attention of the region's autocratic governments.

Obama Electrifies The World: Should We Believe The Hype?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter

Some like the President of France marry celebrities. Others like Barack and Michelle become celebrified, sparking adulation and fostering unrealistic expectations.

Palestinian-American Teen Reacts to Obama's Cairo Speech

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Samr "Rocky" Tayeh On Thursday I went...

What Would Obama Do If His Only Concern Was Israel?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

If Barack Obama suddenly abandoned his activist policies -- his call for a settlement freeze and the two-state solution -- would that make him a better friend of Israel? The answer is obvious.

Cooperation and Conflict: Obama's Cairo Speech

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

In Cairo, President Obama employed a variety of historical, liturgical, and political references to express America's hope for a new beginning with the Islamic world. Here are ten critical lines from the speech.

Obama's Muslim Engagement

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Fauntroy

To be the first African-American president with a heritage that includes Islam gives him Obama legitimacy than any other president to make this speech.

The View of Obama from the Heart of the Arab (Comedy) World

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dean Obeidallah

If someone threw a shoe, I have no doubt that Obama would have dodged it in a graceful slow-motion style like Neo from The Matrix and he wouldn't have even missed a word from his speech while doing it.

President Obama Hits All the Right Notes in Cairo

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph A. Palermo

President Barack Obama's speech today in Cairo hit all of the right notes and was exactly what he needed to say after eight years of saber rattling, r...

Palin's Foreign Policy: " We Win! They Lose!" Obama's: "Peace"

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

At Sarah Palin's speech with Michael Reagan, she was part cheerleader, part gladiator. She went after Obama, saying "we should never apologize." I was waiting for the "Ready? Okay!" Pom-poms, anyone?

Obama in Cairo: Settlement Line, Brutality Against Women Ignored

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taylor Marsh

As the president made his first and most important outreach to the Arab and Muslim world, he pulled up short on fundamental human rights as it applies to women.

Jason Linkins

Ignored In Obama Speech: Shift From Bush On Muslim Charities | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I credit Spencer Ackerman for being the guy who got me looking for the many ways President Barack Obama applies counterinsurgency strategy to policy a...

Obama Cairo Speech (VIDEO): Calls For New Beginning, Gets Standing Ovation

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Read the full transcript of the speech here, full video below... CAIRO - Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called for a "...