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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The US employs “blatant hypocrisy” in supporting Egypt despite rights concerns

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning is more backlash against the death sentences handed down of 75 people over the 2013 Rabaa Adawiya sit-in. A dozen rights groups have since issued condemnations, saying that the ruling “degraded standards of fairness,” a dozen of rights group said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.

The Trump administration is getting plenty of flack, too. The US employs “blatant hypocrisy” in supporting Egypt despite human rights concerns, while denouncing the same issues in other regimes, the Daily Times’ editorial board says. Meanwhile, the Intercept’s Alex Kane is calling out the Trump administration for sending US aid to Egypt. He noted that the sentences came down a day after the aid was sent.

The never-ending debate on whether Egypt needs a new capital city is playing out once again in the foreign press. This time it’s in the pages of the Independent, where Oliver Bennet is calling the project “an update of an older story: the new town as a medium for political and national grandstanding.” He notes that this is a legacy project that would reintroduced Egypt to the world as “a stable and internationally inviting sort of place that is considering the future as well as being a guardian of the past.”

Other headlines worth a look this morning:

  • US President Donald Trump did not have very nice things to say about President El Sisi, according to Bob Woodward’s new book, Newsweek reports.
  • Actors of Middle Eastern descent are more often than not ignored or stereotyped by Hollywood, a new study cited by the AP shows.
  • Egypt’s security forces killed 11 terrorists in a shootout in Arish on Monday, reports Reuters and France’s AFP.
  • UK tabloids continue to make an issue out of Holiday-gate, with the Sun interviewing a UK holiday who caught e-coli at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic in Hurghada last year.
  • Marassi visit: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash visited Emaar Group’s Marassi in Sahel, calling it a "successful model of Arab investment and cooperation," according to the National.

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