Saturday, January 19, 2008

Mubarak as Bush's hero of civl society

Agence Global - Article: "If Bush had spent more than three hours in Egypt, he might have noticed Mubarak’s thugs doling out 'civil society.' The day after Bush's visit, Abdel Wahhab el-Messiri and his colleagues were taking part in a protest in Cairo, and the 70-year-old leader of the opposition Kefaya movement was taken by police and dumped in a desert suburb about 12 miles (20 km) out of town.

On Sunday, Bush said in the United Arab Emirates what he should have said standing next to Mubarak in Egypt on Wednesday: 'You cannot build trust when you hold an election in which opposition candidates find themselves harassed or in prison.' Bush was referring to Ayman Nour, Mubarak’s main opponent in Egypt’s first contested presidential elections in September 2005."

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