Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Egyptian Court Convicts NGO Workers

Egyptian Court Convicts NGO Workers - WSJ.com: "Egypt started investigating the mostly Western-based NGOs in late 2011 after the country's minister of planning and international cooperation, Fayza Abul Naga, publicly accused U.S. and Western-based NGOs of financing dissent against the then-ruling council of military generals. Activists said the investigation and subsequent charges amounted to what they termed a cynical attempt to blame foreign powers for the chaos that has continued to rein in Egypt, following the February 2011 ouster of Mr. Mubarak. The accusations were particularly confusing since the U.S. government has supported the Egyptian military with $1.3 billion in annual aid since the 1980s."

Lesson: in Egypt today (and probably elsewhere), the US government is not seen as a force for good--or a force for democratic principles--instead the US government is seen as "rich man" with "guns." The Egyptians don't have a clue that the US government and the western-based NGOs might share any common principles or values--so-called "western values."

Maybe the Egyptians are right?

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