The latest news from Cairo, and an interview with UK journalist and Middle East expert Robert Fisk.
Record Rally in Tahrir, Egyptian Protests Spread, Labor Unions Strike
(Democracy Now! 0930 PST, February 9, 2011) Egypt's pro-democracy uprising is seizing new momentum one day after hundreds of thousands turned out for one of the largest protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square to date. A gathering of protesters led to the evacuation of the Egyptian cabinet building today, and tent camps are also being set up outside the Egyptian parliament. Egypt's labor movement has launched new strikes across the country, with an estimated 10,000 workers taking part. Democracy Now! senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous interviews Mona el Seif, a demonstrator outside the Egyptian parliament building.
Robert Fisk on the Gap Between U.S. Rhetoric and Action in Egypt
(Democracy Now! 0930 PST, February 9, 2011) Two-part interview with Robert Fisk, longtime Middle East correspondent of the Independent newspaper in London, about the popular uprising ongoing across Egypt, its regional implications, and how President Obama should respond.