90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, December 24, 2012

Fight Over Egyptian Constitution Heats Up

Egyptian journalists tape their mouths and raise their pens during a demonstration against the draft constitution in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday. (Amr Nabil/AP)

Egyptian journalists tape their mouths and raise their pens during a demonstration against the draft constitution in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday. (Amr Nabil/AP)

Rival headlines began popping up almost immediately after Egyptians finished voting for the country’s new constitution.

Papers supporting the government saw the vote as a validation of Egypt’s new democracy and governing party. The country’s largest independent daily, Al Masry Al Youm, shouted “Wholesale Violations.”

State media is reporting that the new constitution passed with nearly 64 percent support, but sizable minorities in cities such as Cairo voted against the constitution, saying it does not guarantee basic democratic rights and is not a document on which Egyptians can build their future.

The political battle represents a new stage in Egypt’s democratic evolution and it’s being watched closely in the Arab world.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 23 3 Comments

Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

April 23 Comment

Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

April 22 Comment

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 21 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.