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Thursday, 1 June 2017

NGO Act dominates conversation on Egypt this morning

Leading the conversation on Egypt in the foreign media this morning is morenegative ink on the signing of the controversial NGO Act this week. First up has to be the Washington Post, whose partisan editorial board cannot go on a rest in blaming US President Donald Trump for “not lecturing” President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on human rights. This they believe resulted in both the website ban and the NGO Act passing when it did. It concludes with a call to congress to block military aid to Egypt. Al Jazeera added nothing new to that hypothesis, beyond suggesting that El Sisi banking on Trump was a miscalculation, as it is congress that holds the purse-strings to Egypt’s aid.

And then, surprisingly enough, there is Bloomberg View, which ran a particularly sour “I told you so” opinion piece by Noah Feldman. While it goes against the mold of blaming Trump and the US for the NGO Act and the website ban and gives Egyptians credit as mature adults who can make decisions on their own, Feldman criticizes Egyptians for overthrowing Morsi adding that they have themselves to blame for the “repression” that followed.

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