Egyptian government shuts down offices of US election monitors

The military is scapegoating these US based NGO's, telling the Egyptian people that the riots and unrest at Tahrir Square is the result of money being funneled to groups from the United States. It's just an excuse to shut down election monitors in advance of the last round of parliamentary elections and the presidential election that may take place as early as next summer. New York Times: Two of the organizations, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute, had been formally authorized by the Egyptian government to monitor the parliamentary elections set to resume next week. Critics said the surprise raids contradicted the military's pledge to hold a fair and transparent vote. The other American-financed pro-democracy group whose offices were closed, the advocacy group Freedom House, had completed its application for official recognition just three days ago. An American group that helps train Egyptian journalists was among the other nonprofit groups...(Read Full Post)