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With 'friends' like these....

Egypt had a public holiday on Sunday to celebrate its 'victory' in the Yom Kippur war (erm, you lost, actually).

I would like to say that I am shocked, but I am not. Perhaps more important is that the Egyptian equivalents of the Mirror and the Guardian are appalled at a publication strike by opposition newspapers over "the country's crackdown on press freedom": "Government newspapers criticized the opposition decision to halt publication on Sunday, which coincided with Egypt's holiday marking the Yom Kippur War and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan".

And what has this crackdown involved?: "
an Egyptian court last month sentenced the editors of four outspoken tabloids to a year in prison for defaming President Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party after they criticized senior officials in the government. One of the editors also faces charges in a separate lawsuit of spreading rumors that the 79-year-old Mubarak was in poor health".

I have always thought that Mubarak looks like an extra from The Godfather, so I suppose his acting this way is no great surprise. Meanwhile, I hear that the Lord Protector suffers from an ingrowing toenail, mainly because he cannot reach to chew it.

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Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 6:40 am

Same old double standards. We only care about repressions of freedom and speech if we have something against a country already e.g. they have oil that we want. Countries such as Egypt have pro-Western dictators, meaning that the US and the EU are not going to rock the boat.  



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