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Government cracks down on protests in Egypt

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Egyptian demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and calling for reforms face riot police in Cairo on January 26, 2011. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

At last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama had words of support for the anti-government demonstrators in Tunisia, but he said nothing about similar protests taking place now in Egypt. Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding government reforms and President Hosni Mubarak's ouster. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannons and beatings. This is not the first time demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest authoriatiran rule and poor economic conditions... what's different now?

Shibley Telhami a Middle East expert. He joins us from the University of Maryland.

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