Democracy in the Middle East

February 14, 2011 2:07:58 PM PST
Suddenly it's democracy fever in the Middle East, and parts of Africa. And once again, young people are leading the charge.

From Egypt, the fever is spreading, with demonstrations today in Iran, Yemen, Algeria and Bahrain.

Democracy fever in that region is like this year's H1N1, and it's hard to imagine a shot that will stop it. Even if it comes from a rifle, or a tank, or a fill-in-the-blank.

I suspect that somewhere deep down inside themselves, the leaders of those countries know that if people want an end to tyranny, whether it's fundamentalist Muslim or a moderate Muslim dictator, then that quest for freedom is going to be difficult to kill.

To the surprise of no one, the Egyptian military today called on demonstrators to quit their business of protesting and get back to the business of generating income. The military that now controls the biggest country in the Middle East has made noise about backing democratic reforms, but it has done little to move in that direction. Of course it's only been a weekend of control so far, but putting off elections for six months isn't the answer.

The world is looking carefully at how this military is handling the power it seized or was given if you buy the Army's line and how long before they relinquish it to the people. The worry is that it won't.

Jim Dolan is in Cairo for us tonight at 11.

Also at 11, the family of that Pace University football player, shot and killed by police in Westchester County, reacting angrily tonight to the grand jury's decision not to charge the two police officers who fired weapons in the incident.

This was, you'll recall, a complicated and controversial case; but historically, police get the benefit of the doubt in these kinds of cases, and charges typically are not forthcoming unless there can be some kind of malfeasance proven.

Tonight, the parents of DJ Henry, the student who was killed, are speaking out, asking Gov. Cuomo and the U.S. Dept. of Justice to look into the case.

Also at 11, we take a closer look at a recently FDA-approved laser treatment that allows peeps to use it a home to remove lines and wrinkles. I'll repeat that: Use a laser at home. On their face.

Darla Miles looks at this new procedure for us.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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