In this week's podcast, AFP reporter Samer Al Atrush and journalist Steve Negus join Ursula Lindsey. We discuss the clashes of Friday 9 September, in which protester defaced the Ministry of Interior, broke into the Israeli embassy and fought the police, and ask: why did the army and police seem to stand back? And has the protest movement let itself in for a crackdown?
We also discuss Mubarak's trial (for ordering police to shoot at demonstrators, and for corruption) which so far has offered little in the way of a smoking gun and has been marred by chaos. Samer gives eye-witness accounts of the clashes around the Israeli embassy and of courtroom shenanigans.
Links for this week's episode:
- Tantawi testimony in Mubarak trial postponed to 24 September, due to "fragile security" - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online
- Egypt's courtroom drama: Much ado about nothing
- Renewed Emergency Law raises fears of coming crackdown | Al-Masry Al-Youm: Today's News from Egypt
- Egypt’s Soccer ‘Ultras’ | PRI's The World
- Egyptian Chronicles: Regarding the Israeli Embassy and the clashes to this endless talk
- Will Mubarak Walk? The Case Against the Egyptian Dictator Looks Shaky - The Daily Beast
(P.S.: we apologize to the poor sound quality of this week's podcast, due to technical problems and a broken microphone these were unavoidable.)