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U.S. quietly allows military aid to Egypt despite rights concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt's failure to meet democracy standards.

 

Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations.

 

Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for judicial reform that critics see as a way to purge judges perceived as hostile to the government.

 

Despite stating in a May 9 memo that "we are not satisfied with the extent of Egypt's progress and are pressing for a more inclusive democratic process and the strengthening of key democratic institutions," Kerry said the aid should go forward.

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And if Obama cuts the aid to Egypt then problems between Israel and Egypt are bound to increase and Egypt can be a LOT less cooperative with Israel. The aid that the US has given to Egypt has always been about bribing them to normalize relations with Israel and even cooperate.....and they have assisted Israel in the blockades. Israel cant impose a blockade without Egypts help.

 

I am in favor of ending that bribery money because I dont agree with the US helping to commit genocide/ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

 

As far as Egypt pleasing US political idealogy and meeting our "markers".....not really our problem. The Egyptian people are responsible for their own govt and its not just their responsibility to fight for the one they want, its their right.

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And if Obama cuts the aid to Egypt then problems between Israel and Egypt are bound to increase and Egypt can be a LOT less cooperative with Israel. The aid that the US has given to Egypt has always been about bribing them to normalize relations with Israel and even cooperate.....and they have assisted Israel in the blockades. Israel cant impose a blockade without Egypts help.

 

I am in favor of ending that bribery money because I dont agree with the US helping to commit genocide/ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.

 

As far as Egypt pleasing US political idealogy and meeting our "markers".....not really our problem. The Egyptian people are responsible for their own govt and its not just their responsibility to fight for the one they want, its their right.

SWEDEN SUCKS

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That's an unstable regime with a lot of unsophisticated hands we don't want to put sophisticated weapons into. Put everything on indefinite hold until Egypt calms down and we're revisit it then.

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