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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Egypt under self-anointed/illegitimate president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a brutal US-supported fascist dictatorship.

Anyone challenging junta rule risks imprisonment or death. Countless thousands are imprisoned for political reasons, many others sentenced to death by state-controlled kangaroo tribunal proceedings.

Press freedom is banned, dozens of journalists imprisoned for doing their jobs responsibly.

Disclosing anything Sisi wants suppressed assures arrest, incarceration, and brutal treatment amounting to torture.

Reporting anything critical of junta rule is considered a “terrorist crime.”

On Tuesday, Masr al-Arabia news website editor-in-chief Adel Sabry was arrested after being fined nearly $3,000 for republishing a NYT article, criticizing Egypt’s electoral process – a sham by any standard.

In late March, Sisi re-anointed himself president, running virtually unopposed, arresting or intimidating other aspirants from running against him.

His only legitimate challenger Ahmed Konsow was sentenced to six years in prison for “stating political opinions contrary to the” official narrative – for daring to challenge Sisi’s iron grip on power.

He re-anointed himself president with a 97% majority – despite being widely despised.

Sabry is charged with operating a website unlicensed and publishing false news, something unheard of in civilized countries.

On Tuesday, regime security agents stormed Masr al-Arabia’s office, seizing computers and other materials.

Hundreds of websites in Egypt are blocked, Masr al-Arabia the latest one – press freedom in the country a non-starter, truth-telling about regime policies considered a high crime against the state, harmful to national security.

An earlier article called Sisi Egypt’s Pinochet – a common thug, a brutal despot, ruling by iron-fisted brute force, tolerating no opposition or criticism, a US favorite.

He’s Washington’s man in Cairo, complicit with its imperial agenda. A climate of fear pervades the nation from mass arrests, disappearances, torture and mass murder.

Muslim Brotherhood members, human rights activists, academics, union heads, independent journalists, student activists, and other suspected regime opponents are targeted.

Last April, Trump met with Sisi at the White House, calling it “an honor to welcome” him, saying “(h)e’s done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation. We are very much behind Egypt” – disgraceful remarks.

Sisi’s repressive regime is one of many enjoying strong US support, their high crimes ignored.

One fascist regime supports another, democratic governments like Venezuela targeted for regime change – along with all other sovereign independent states.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.