In a strongly worded letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., urges the administration to reverse the State Department’s decision to release foreign aid to Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waived congressional restrictions on U.S. assistance to the African country in March after the release of more than a dozen pro-democracy activists.… Continue reading Paul to Obama: End Foreign Aid to Egypt
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., challenged Congress to vote on an amendment that would cut U.S. financial support to Egypt until it releases 19 Americans who are being detained in the African country. The amendment would strip Egypt of all foreign aid for 30 days or until it releases… Continue reading Paul Demands Action to Free Detained Americans in Egypt
“Now I see they’re all out striking for salaries and jobs, but we don’t even have jobs in America. Where are they going to come from? That makes me sad, but the fact that these people triumphed and have their dignity back, that’s worth so much,” says Gray Henry.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned shortly before Biden took the stage at the University of Louisville McConnell Center. The Vice President began his remarks with a comment on the situation.
WFPL will broadcast a special edition of On Point tonight at 9pm. Now that Hosni Mubarak has resigned, there are difficult questions. How will Egypt’s military handle its central role? Will Egyptians get the democracy they fought for? Tom Ashbrook hosts.
Aly Farag was last in his home country in mid-January, shortly before the protests began. He says he thought Mubarak’s departure was inevitable, and he’ll be monitoring the news from Egypt to see who will lead the next government.
Egyptian State TV is reporting that President Hosni Mubarak will address the nation soon. There are reports that he has handed control of the country to the army and is preparing to leave, although there is some uncertainty about the situation.
Dr. Steven Myers left Egypt on Sunday, days after the anti-government protests started. Myers says the demonstrations began as peaceful attempts to change the government, but as government forces and pro-government demonstrators faced off, the situation turned dangerous.
Gray returned to Louisville from a trip to Cairo shortly before the protests began. She says communication with her family has been difficult, but she has been able to get through with a land-line telephone. Internet and cell-phone service in Egypt haven’t been reliable for days.