Our nasty Egyptian ally, &c.

President Trump welcomes Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House, April 3, 2017. (Carlos Barria / Reuters)
General Sisi, George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Abraham Lincoln, the Detroit Pistons, and more

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here was a man named Shady Habash. He was an Egyptian filmmaker. In 2018, he directed a music video that made fun of his country’s strongman, General Sisi. He was arrested and imprisoned. For two years, he was held in a maximum-security prison, without trial. He is now dead at 24.

To read about this case, consult Declan Walsh in the New York Times, here. Let me quote an interesting paragraph, just as an aside:

Mr. el-Sisi released 4,000 prisoners last month, in a traditional gesture of clemency for Sinai Liberation Day, marking Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai in 1982. But those released


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