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Obama Egypt Speech

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Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

In response to Mubarak stepping down, President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech calling for "nothing less than genuine democracy," not just a government aligned with U.S. interests. There will be many foreign policy takeaways from Egypt, but here's an obvious one: invading a country, toppling its regime, destroying civil society, and then trying to put all the pieces back together with a ten-year occupation and a few trillion dollars turns out not to be the only way to increase the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Wired was more effective than warred. People can now connect to each other faster than any government can connect with its people. And while governments may be able to shut down the hardware, they can't shut off the social effects of digital networks. Any leader who doesn't understand this dynamic should book a room next to wherever Mubarak is heading.

Egypt's Power Transition: Changing Rooms On the Titanic?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

There are huge stakes in this game. Did the U.S policy makers think it through? Do they know who is riding on the back of the emerging Egyptian tiger?

Egypt Buries the Myth That Obama Would Botch a Foreign Crisis

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The biggest potential stumbling block to then Democratic presidential candidate Obama's White House bid in 2008 was not race, but the knock against hi...

President Obama: Call on Mubarak to Leave Egypt Before It's Too Late!

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If there's any hope that the new Egyptian government will not be hostile to America (and Israel), then Obama can't wait even another day to make clear that the American government and the American people stand with the Egyptian people.

Marchers To Gaza Gather In Cairo, Egypt Says Few Can Cross Border | MONA EL-NAGGAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO -- More than 1,000 people from around the world were gathered here on Tuesday for a solidarity march into Gaza despite Egypt's insistence that t...

The iPod and the Queen, the Kindle and the King

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Promotion of literacy for girls is a noble cause. But unless sharia laws are repealed, more girls will find themselves in flogging pens rather than rising up the career ladder.

Obama's Cairo Trip: The Unreported Details in Context

Mohamed Elshahed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mohamed Elshahed

President Obama's speech was well-received on the Egyptian street, but retracing the President's path through "the timeless city of Cairo" quickly reveals that change will be hard to come by.

Israeli Settlers' 'Obama Hut' Constructed To Mock Cairo Speech

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect il...

Obama's Speech: Right Man, Right Place, Right Time

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Obama's critics missed the point that this president wasn't posturing, talking "at" Muslims, he was working to engage us in a conversation with them.

Obama Presents a Bold Vision for Change to Come

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

Obama's speech may serve as the preamble of an informal collective contract in which each party, Arabs, Israelis and Americans must play its role and honor its commitments and obligations.

Obama Tours Pyramids: "Five Guys Was Good, This Was Better" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

During his stay in Cairo, Egypt, where he gave his longest and arguably most anticipated speech yet, President Obama indulged in some tourism, visitin...

Obama Speech In Cairo: VIDEO, Full Text

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Below, the full text of President Obama's speech in Cairo, Egypt, titled "A New Beginning." Watch video: * * * * I am honored to be in...

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 Speech Draws Strong Reactions From Egyptians, Arabs And Israelis

Huffington Post/AP | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UPDATE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has now issued a statement following Obama's Thursday speech. From Jerusalem Post: "The g...

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.

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 "...

Obama's speech bridges the Abrahamic faiths

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Barrett

Can you imagine President Bush delivering a speech to Muslims and quoting seamlessly from the Bible, the Quran and the Talmud? Any reconciliatory word...

Obama Egypt Speech: VIDEO, Full Text

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Below, the full text of President Obama's speech in Cairo, Egypt, titled "A New Beginning." Watch video: * * * * I am honored to be in...

View From Cairo: What About the People, Obama?

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Obama's inevitable message to the Muslim world: the U.S. will look the other way at your governments' repressive policies because a working relationship with them is more important than peoples' rights.

Obama Egypt Speech: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In With Advice And Predictions (UPDATED)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reviews and reactions around the world to President Obama's Cairo University speech vary from being laudatory to disappointed to downright caustic, de...

Obama Egypt Speech: Venue Choice Draws Fire

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Egypt has the least favorable approval rating compared to other Arab countries in the Middle East, which begs the question: is Egypt the right place to address the Muslim World?

Obama Finishes 'Very Candid' Speech To Middle East

AP/Huffington Post | MARK S. SMITH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- In his latest push for an open dialogue with the Muslim world, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought the counsel of King ...

Arabs Greet Obama With Mix Of Hope, Skepticism (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A driving question behind much of the anticipation for President Obama's Middle East trip is: how will he be received by the people? Naturally, the a...

Obama Egypt Speech: Public Mood Depends On Cultural, Socioeconomic Status

Huffington Post Contributor | Noha Khattab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It's Wednesday afternoon, and I'm stuck in traffic on my way to an event at the American University in Cairo (AUC). While the drive from Zamalek to AU...

EXCLUSIVE: Cairo Under Siege Ahead Of Obama's Speech

Huffington Post Contributor | Hossam el-Hamalawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Right before he took off from DC, on what the media has been depicting as some "odyssey," to address the Muslim World from Cairo, President Obama had ...