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Sunday, 11 June 2017

47K NGOs, 21 sites, one lawyer and a partridge in a pear tree

47k NGOs, 21 websites, one lawyer and a partridge in a pear tree: Non-Qatar coverage isn’t going Egypt’s way this morning, with reports and opinion pieces on Egypt’s human rights record popping up over the weekend. We begin with the latest hatchet job from The Economist, which has woken up from a month-long slumber to recap everything from Khaled Ali’s arrest to the NGO Law and the possibility of Parliament discussing a social media registration bill. It tops it off with the ever familiar trope of Donald Trump giving the Egyptian and other regional government the green light to clampdown on human rights — and concludes with the familiar notion that the US could condition aid on progress on the human rights front. German outlet DW at least gets specific enough to discuss the nitty gritty details of the NGO Law. It juxtaposes the passage of the law with statements made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit here in March in support of civil society.

A twofer from the people at Carnegie: Also joining the NGO Law hate parade is a piece from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that called the crackdown on human rights a waste of resources that could have been brought to bear on terrorists instead of activists. Meanwhile, Zeinab Abul-Magd writes for the think tank that the military is relying on food charity during Ramadan to ease public discontent and maintain political stability, emulating a tactic used under former president Hosni Mubarak that is simply not financially feasible in the long run.

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