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Egypt’s Comedy Hour

  • June 24, 2014
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Even the most brutal dictators and tyrants are comical, and every dictator is comical in his own way.   It’s not the kind of humour that really makes you laugh or go home with a warm glowing feeling. The comedy is generally low, often cruel, and invariably grotesque.

For example there is a story – which...

Cameron Condemns Egypt’s Persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood

  • April 01, 2014
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In a powerful demonstration of its commitment to democracy and the rule of law, the British government has reacted strongly to the 529 death sentences handed out to Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last week.   Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned what he called a ‘politicized show trial’ and a ‘travesty of justice’ based...

Egypt’s Trial of the Century

  • March 26, 2014
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How many Egyptians does it take to kill one policeman?   Exactly 529, if they are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Judge Saeed Elgazar.     That is the number of people Elgazar sentenced to death two days ago for the killing of a deputy police commander in the southern Egyptian city of...

Massacre In Cairo

  • August 15, 2013
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There was a horrible predictability about yesterday’s terrible events in Egypt for which many different protagonists are responsible.   Primary responsibility, of course, lies with the army, for launching a brutal all-out assault on the Muslim Brotherhood, which deserves nothing but universal condemnation.

From the moment the army took advantage of the anti-Morsi mobilisations to...

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