Monthly Archives: March 2015

Egypt Spate of detainee deaths points to rampant abuse at Cairo’s Mattareya Police Station

A string of deaths in custody has thrown the spotlight on torture and horrific detention conditions at a police station in the Mattareya district of Cairo where at least three people died last week, said Amnesty International.

Two of the deaths took place on the same day last week and according to the forensic authority in Cairo, one of the bodies bore marks consistent with torture or other ill-treatment. Since April 2014 at least nine detainees have died at Mattareya Police Station according to information gathered by Amnesty International, yet so far investigations have been half-hearted and no one has been held accountable.

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UK watchdog bans Israeli government tourism ad

An Israeli government tourism ad has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleading readers about the status of Jerusalem.


As the Empire Crashes on the Shores of History, We Call on Its Intelligentsia Urgently to Man the Lifeboats

History is being made, or remade, as we speak.

Upon the death of King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia, I wrote about the “winds of change” [] in the Middle-East, and how that would impact the desultory régime in Egypt. The significance of the change of leadership there wasn’t the fact of the accession of King Salman to the throne, but the coming of age of a new generation as his sons take over all the most importance political positions, cementing this power with the eldest, Mohamed bin Salman, becoming deputy crown prince. These relatively young men take over a seething Kingdom with 3 million Twitter users tweeting 2 million tweets a day. Mujtahid, for instance, is a pseudonym for an insider twitter account which regularly posts royal family secrets and receives mountains of critical messages back. Abdulla’s police state had repressed just about every aspect of the country, in effect to no avail. Strangely it found it too controversial to close down the Twittersphere.





Netanyahu’s US foreign policy gambit fails

If Hill Republicans thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address would build broad support for having Congress review any nuclear deal with Iran, they thought wrong.

And Obama’s approval ratings rise as a direct result of Netanhayu’s unprecedented speech to Congress

What the point of it was is unclear since Obama was always going to veto the bill,-White-House-urges-Congress