Pro-democracy protests In Egypt02/01/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Robert Lorei. The AP is reporting today that:
"More than a quarter-million people are flooding Cairo's main square for the largest demonstration so far against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
"The protest has been peaceful, with people standing shoulder to shoulder, chanting and singing nationalist songs.
"A 23-year-old unemployed university graduate pushing for Mubarak's ouster says, 'This is the end for him. It's time.'
"Egyptian authorities tried to limit the protest by shutting down all roads and public transportation to Cairo.
"Train services nationwide were suspended for a second day and all bus services between cities were halted."
We're joined now by three guests: Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Zunes also chairs the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is a senior adviser for Foreign Policy in Focus, Zunes authored, among other books, Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, a look at how current U.S. policy actually threatens U.S. Security.
Also with us is Aya Batrawy who is a journalist who's reported for NPR and FSRN. She currently is in Cairo where she teaches at The American University.
Also here is Ahmed Bedier who is co-host of WMNF's True Talk Program.