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Elizabeth Arrott

Cairo Bureau chief and regional correspondent, Voice of America. Reporting news of the Arab Spring and other developments across the Middle East and North Africa

QUICKTAKE: Significance of Anti-Muslim Movie Exaggerated – Said Sadek

In the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and anti-American protests in Cairo, Egypt, VOA correspondent Elizabeth Arrott and videographer Japhet Weeks spoke with Said Sadek, Professor of Political Sociology at American University in Cairo. They asked him to comment about the reported role in the violence of an More »

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Head of UN Syria Mission Gen. Robert Mood

The following is a transcript of an interview with the Head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria, Norwegian General Robert Mood, done in Damascus on May 5, 2012 by VOA Middle East Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott. ELIZABETH ARROTT: U.N. officials have said they’ve seen signs that there’s been a reduction in violence under the More »

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Head of UN Syria Mission Gen. Robert Mood

The following is a transcript of an interview with the Head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria, Norwegian General Robert Mood, done in Damascus on May 5, 2012 by VOA Middle East Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott. ELIZABETH ARROTT: U.N. officials have said they’ve seen signs that there’s been a reduction in violence under the More »

Mohamed Morsi: Muslim Brotherhood's Best Hope For Egypt President

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi, is among the leading contenders to become the nation’s first post-revolution president. Morsi wasn’t the first choice for president of the Islamist group, Muslim Brotherhood. But with its lead candidate disqualified, Morsi has grasped his role as an accidental front-runner with gusto. Whether working a crowd, or a roomful of More »

Libya Battles Divisions in Arab Spring Fallout

Libya is offering a cautionary tale to the Arab uprisings of the past year, with regional divisions and independent militias challenging the hopes of a democratic post-Gadhafi state. In the year since the opposition to the late Moammar Gadhafi rose out of Libya’s long-seething east, the leaders of the uprising have struggled to address some More »

Syrian Uprising Moves Closer to Capital

Despite ongoing security efforts, the government has not been able to quell unrest in towns surrounding Damascus More »

Syria Religious Tolerance Showing Signs of Strain

They fear loss of Syria's tradition of religious tolerance in uprising More »

Arab League Verdict on Observers Imminent – Boon or Bust?

Foreign ministers to determine whether Syrian government honoring pledges to stop crackdown on opposition More »

Douma Residents Defiant In Syria, Try To Live Normal Lives

Despite 10-month crackdown on anti-government protests, Syrians in Douma keep up defiance of a regime many want overthrown More »

Egypt Islamists Raise Alarms Over Western Freedoms

Infrastructure developments in the village of Mit Rahina were nearly nonexistent under President Mubarak. Here, ditches are used for trash disposal.

Some Islamists concerned that secular, western freedoms, values influencing parliamentary elections More »