Egypt set to try American democracy activists

To be honest, I never thought it would come to this. I believed that cooler heads in the Egyptian government who realized how important - indeed vital - American aid is to their economy would step in and perhaps change the charges and let everyone off with a slap on the wrist. This may yet happen. But the chances are looking bleaker by the day. There are 19 Americans charged in this paranoid fantasy being pushed by the Egyptians that "outside groups" are fanning the flames of unrest. Many have taken refuge in the embassy. Will any of them show up for the trial? Reuters: An Egyptian court will start the trial on February 26 of activists from mostly American civil society groups accused of working illegally in Egypt, in a case which has strained U.S.-Egyptian ties. A judicial source told Reuters that the 43 accused, including around 20 Americans, would go on trial next Sunday, charged with working in the country without proper legal registration. The state new agency MENA said...(Read Full Post)