The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “US criticizes Egypt sentencing of NGO workers” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/201364231748620669.html).
“Guilty verdicts against 43 foreign nationals described by (the) State Department as “incompatible” with democratic transition”. “(the) State Department” is an AMERICAN institution, making this is an AMERICAN INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“John Kerry described the conviction and sentencing by an Egyptian court on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) of 43 foreign nationals as “incompatible with the transition to DEMOCRACY“. Again the EGYPTIAN version of “democracy” is VERY different from the WESTERN version.
“The court sentenced the group of Americans, Europeans, Egyptians and other Arabs in a case against democracy PROMOTION groups“. So, “promoting democracy” is STILL illegal in Egypt. Wait. Morsy is supposed to be moving Egypt FORWARD, TOWARDS democracy. That clearly is still NOT happening.
“The State Department issued a tough statement in Kerry’s name, but did not hint at any consequences – such as a cut in US assistance to Egypt – as a result of the verdict”. “The United States is DEEPLY CONCERNED by the guilty verdicts and sentences … handed down by an Egyptian court today (June 4 2013) against 43 NGO representatives in what was a POLITICALLY MOTIVATED trial“. Well, EVERYTHING seems to be “politically motivated” these days. “The decision to close these organisations’ offices and seize their assets contradicts the government of Egypt’s commitments to support the role of CIVIL (?) society as a fundamental actor in a democracy“. Egypt‘s “society” certainly is NOT “civil”. There are still many THUGS roaming the streets.
“The Egyptian investigation focused on charges that the groups were operating without necessary approvals and had received funds from ABROAD illegally“. “abroad” generally implies THE UNITED STATES.
“The judge on Tuesday (June 4 2013) gave five-year sentences to 27 defendants tried in absentia including 15 US citizens”. So, HALF of those arrested are AMERICANS.
Another American who stayed for trial was given a TWO-year sentence, but left Egypt on Tuesday (June 4, 2013) ON THE ADVICE OF HIS LAWYERS“. Was this GOOD “advice?”
“A German woman was also given a TWO-year sentence”.
“The other defendants sentenced in absentia included citizens of Norway, Serbia, Germany and ARAB states”. How will “Arab citizens” be treated?
“Eleven Egyptians who faced lesser charges were handed ONE-year suspended sentences”. So, Egypt is protecting their own nationals…AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The court ordered the closure of the NGOs involved in the case, including the US-based International REPUBLICAN Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and FREEDOM (?) House”. There are TWO things to note here. First, most Egyptians will NOT be familiar with “Republicans”, unless we’re talking about the Egyptian-AMERICAN GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86). On top of this, Morsy claims to be allowing more “freedom”, but as we know this just ISN’T the case. On top of this, IS THERE “freedom” in EGYPT?
“Both NDI and IRI plan to challenge the verdict”, again AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). .
“The Americans sentenced in absentia include the son of Ray LaHood, the US transportation secretary”.
“At one point, Egypt placed travel bans on the suspects, including US citizens who took refuge in the US Embassy”.
“They were allowed to leave the country on bail of $330,000 each, money that ultimately came from the US government” which will surely lead to some arguing that this exacerbates the US government’s SPENDING problem.
“Egypt was run at the time by a military council that assumed power from Mubarak (SCAF)”. Of course now WE CAN’T TELL WHO’S WORSE: SCAF OR MORSY.
“Robert Becker, the American who stayed for the trial and a former NDI employee, boarded a flight for Rome shortly after the verdict against him was read, Cairo airport sources said”.
“ON MY LAWYERS’ ADVICE, I have UNWILLINGLY gone into exile until appeals get sorted out,” he wrote on his Twitter account”. So, this ISN’T EXACTLY GOOD “advice”.
“The German sentenced to TWO years is an employee of the Berlin-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation”.
Finally, according to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, “We are OUTRAGED and VERY CONCERNED about the court’s harsh decisions against the employees of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Cairo and the order to close the office,”
To conclude, let’s go back to the title: “US criticizes Egypt sentencing of NGO workers”. We don’t know what will happen to the other 42 nationals, but we do know that the US IS NOT popular in Egypt and throughout the rest of the Middle East right now. So, “US criticizes Egypt sentencing of NGO workers”, but THEY CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. We can also say this about GERMANY, the other country that had a high-ranking official comment in this report.