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Sunday, 21 February 2021

Egypt in the News on 21 February 2021

The Biden administration’s rhetoric on human rights is being called into question in the foreign press this morning after the government last week gave the all-clear to an arms sale to Egypt on the same day as members of Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan’s family were detained here. The State Department said in a press briefing that the sales was a “routine replenishment.” The Washington Post editorial board wrote in an op-ed on Thursday that the sale conflicts with the administration’s call for a tougher stance on rights abuses, while Forbes contributor Michael Posner urges a rethink of the sale. Human Rights Watch has also weighed in.

Also getting some digital ink: Egypt’s “Jewish Disney bros,” the story of Herschel, Shlomo and David Frenkel, is being told by the Times of Israel. The three brought cartoon animation to Egypt in the 1930s and will be featured in an Israeli documentary film, Bukra fil Mish-Mish. Meanwhile, two Egyptian sisters who intersected with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof get attention for having “stood up to goons with clubs and razors in Egypt” a decade ago.

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