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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

NYT says the US should not be “Egypt’s accomplice”

Where have you folks been these past months? The New York Times’ editorial board is back at it again, saying the US should not be “Egypt’s accomplice.” They say Egypt will want the preferential financingthat allows for ordering weapons on credit restored and the modest amount of weapons that is still being withheld disbursed soon. After claiming the government has “persecuted violent and nonviolent Islamist groups with equal zeal and without due process … maligned and harassed human rights activists … And it has smothered what remains of the political opposition.” One notion we won’t quibble with at all: The Times urges that detained humanitarian worker Aya Hijazi be released.

Read the editorial alongside Joshua Hammer’s lengthy piece, published yesterday, for the Times’ Magazine: “How Egypt’s activists became ‘generation jail.’

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