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Jon Queally – Worldwide Condemnation as Egypt Whisks Al-Jazeera Journalists to Prison

Outrage and condemnation were the reactions inside a Cairo courtroom and across the world on Saturday after three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to at least three years in prison by an Egyptian judge. #FreeAJstaff Tweets Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted of “spreading false news” and acting on behalf of the …

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Isra Saleh El-Namy – Palestinians struggle to leave Gaza as Egypt opens Rafah crossing for four days

Fatigue and stress was apparent on the face of Nada Mumer. Nine months pregnant, Mumer waited for the officer to call the names of people who will be allowed to ride a bus to the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing in Gaza. “My husband is waiting for me in Egypt. I came to Gaza five months ago to visit my family, I managed …

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Egyptian President Vows to Fast Track Process of Putting People to Death – Sarah Lazare

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed Tuesday to escalate his clampdown on dissent and political opposition by expediting the process of putting people to death. The announcement is the latest sign the U.S.-backed head of state is enforcing full-blown authoritarian rule, which some analysts warn is the worst the country has seen in 60 years—including during the regime of former President Hosni …

Egypt’s Descent into Despotism By Lawrence Davidson

Military officers often take over countries, but only a fool would call the result a government. Governments do not have to be democratic, but they do have to be rule-based. The rules can come in the form of generic laws or customs, but in all cases they have to be promulgated, that is, be publicly set forth. In addition, obedience …

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Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s First Freely Elected President, Sentenced to Death – Deirdre Fulton

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death for their role in a 2011 mass prison break. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013 after days of street protests by Egyptians demanding that he be removed because of his divisive rule. His overthrow …

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Murders of Earth’s Defenders: The Deadly Trend Continues – Andrea Germanos

“How many more people will die before the world takes notice?” That’s a question posed by the organization Global Witness, whose new report, How Many More?, exposes what it calls a “hidden crisis” of murders of those who defend the earth from environmental destruction. The “overarching theme” of the killings last year, which averaged more than two a week, involved disputes over …

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Saudi Mercenaries And The Starvation Of Yemen – Thomas C. Mountain

The Saudi military is almost entirely staffed by mercenaries. The Saudi jets bombing an air defenseless Yemen are piloted by Pakistanis. Its mid and low level officers are mainly from Jordan and most ominously for its ability to actually launch a ground invasion, its rank and file soldiers are almost entirely from Yemen. That’s right, the Saudi army is packed …

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Washington’s “human rights” imperialism exposed

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is resuming arms shipments to the military dictatorship in Egypt, beginning with the transfer of 12 F-16 fighter jets, missiles and the components required to build 125 tanks. In a personal call to Egypt’s ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Obama also pledged to resume the annual transfer of $1.3 billion in military aid. …

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Kuwaiti Preacher, ISIS Call for Demolition of Egypt’s Sphinx, Pyramids

An Islamist preacher from Kuwait has called to destroy Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids, stating it is time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs’ heritage. The alleged call comes as Islamic State jihadists ramp up their attacks against historic sites. Although the ancient monuments are not religious – but rather cultural and historic sites – they should still be “destroyed” by Muslims, putting …