Congress of Arab American Organizations en Mubarak refuses to resign <p><strong>Update 6:01 p.m.:</strong></p><p>Egyptians in Michigan are disappointed by the news that President Hosni Mubarak plans to remain in office until elections in September.</p><p>Ola Elsaid&nbsp; is a doctor who lives in Rochester, north of Detroit. She stayed home from work today to watch the developments in Cairo.</p><p>Elsaid says Mubarak’s announcement was like “a slap in the face,” and she’s worried about the reaction it could produce:</p><blockquote><p>"So we’re afraid that everybody’s going to revolt even more. We see the reaction from our families. I was speaking to my cousin, he’s already dressed and going down to the street to join the demonstration. And we’re just worried about the bloodshed that might ensue in Egypt right now."</p></blockquote><p>Elsaid says she wants to see the U.S. government support the push for democracy in Egypt.</p><p><strong>Update 4:39 p.m.:</strong></p><p>We're waiting to hear the reaction from local Arab Americans to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's decision not to resign.&nbsp; The <a href="">New York Times</a> filed this report from Cairo:</p><blockquote><p>President <a class="meta-per" href="" title="More articles about Hosni Mubarak."><u><font color="#004276">Hosni</font></u></a><u><font color="#004276"> Mubarak</font></u> told the Egyptian people Thursday that he would delegate more authority to his vice president, <a class="meta-per" href="" title="More articles about Omar Suleiman."><u><font color="#004276">Omar Suleiman</font></u></a>, but that he would not resign his post, contradicting earlier reports that he would step aside and surprising hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered to hail his departure from the political scene.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In a nationally televised address following a tumultuous day of political rumors and conflicting reports, Mr. Mubarak said he would “admit mistakes” and honor the sacrifices of young people killed in the three-week uprising, but that he would continue to “shoulder my responsibilities” until September, and did not give a firm indication that he would cede political power.</p><p>Even as Mr. Mubarak spoke, angry chants were shouted from huge crowds in Cairo who had anticipated his resignation but were instead confronted with a plea from the president to support continued rule by him and his chosen aides. People waved their shoes in defiance, considered an insulting gesture in the Arab world.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><a href="">NPR</a> and <a href="">BBC</a> will provide continued coverage of the situation in Egypt throughout the evening on Michigan Radio. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:10 +0000 Steve Carmody & Sarah Hulett 1244 at Mubarak refuses to resign Michigan's Arab-American Community excited at prospect of Mubarak resignation <P>&nbsp;Many in Michigan’s Arab-American community are celebrating the possible resignation of Egyptian president&nbsp; <A href="">Hosni Mubarak</A>.&nbsp;&nbsp; <A href="">NPR</A> is reporting that Mubarak will announce his resignation this evening.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>Osama Siblani&nbsp;is the spokesman for the Congress of Arab American Organizations in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He's also the publisher of the <A href=" Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:17:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 1239 at Michigan's Arab-American Community excited at prospect of Mubarak resignation Arab American group asks Wayne State to reconsider Helen Thomas award <p>A prominent coalition of Michigan Arab-American groups is angry that <a href="">Wayne State University</a> has pulled an award honoring journalist Helen Thomas.</p><p>Wayne State ended the “Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award” last week after she made controversial comments at an event in Dearborn.</p><p>Thomas asserted that “Zionists” control major U.S. institutions, including the White House.</p><p>Wayne State called those remarks “anti-Semitic.” But the<a href=""> Congress of Arab American Organizations</a> disagrees.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 23:03:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 516 at Arab American group asks Wayne State to reconsider Helen Thomas award