Africa Now April 20, 2016
Topics: Egypt Five Years After Mubarak; and The Realities of Cuba-U.S. Relations.
Topics and Guests: Five years ago a popular youth-inspired and led uprising in Egypt had forced Hosni Mubarak to resign the office of the presidency after a nearly 30-year reign. There was a sense of great optimism for the future of Egypt. Today human rights groups both domestically and internationally have issued reports documenting the increased crackdown by the Egyptian security forces on opposition voices, the press and civil society. Rights groups have stated that the police and other security forces under the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi have a culture of impunity. Just yesterday hundreds took to the streets to protest the death of a street vendor who was shot by a police officer. A few days ago Africa Now! had a conversation with Dr. Abderrahim Foukara (in photo above) focusing on the situation in Egypt five years after the fall of Mubarak. Dr. Abderrahim Foukara is Regional Director for the Americas and Host of Min Washington (From Washington) at Al Jazeera Media Network. Dr. Foukara joined Al Jazeera in 2002 as a Washington-based reporter. In early 2006 Abderrahim was appointed and still serves as head of Al-Jazeera's U.S. operations in Washington, DC. Prior to working at Al Jazeera, Dr. Foukara worked for the BBC where for nine years he worked in various departments, such as Arabic, French, and African.
Today marks exactly one month since United States President Barack Obama became the first U.S. head of state since 1928 to visit Cuba. The March 20 event follows the re-establishment of diplomatic ties last year between Cuba and the U.S. But the relationship with Cuba is still not normalized, a condition emphasized by Mr. Miguel Fraga First Secretary at Cuban Embassy stated a couple of weeks ago at the University of District of Columbia. In the studio with Africa Now! is Mr. Netfa Freeman, Events Coordinator, Institute for Policy Studies and Co-Host and Co-Producer of Voices with Vision on WPFW. But first Africa Now! plays a portion of the speech by Mr. Miguel Fraga First Secretary at Cuban Embassy at the event “Cuba-U.S. Relations: Where it Stands Today” at University of District of Columbia sponsored by DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.
Today Africa Now! commemorates National Poetry Month with a poem from Professor Fahima Seck entitled “Havana Sky.”
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