CAIRO – The jailing of three activists has triggered fears in Egypt of a return to the police rule that blighted the Mubarak era, eroding gains made in the march towards democracy.On Sunday, a court jailed Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel to three years for organising an unauthorised protest in a verdict seen as the military-installed government broadening the crackdown on dissent.It was the first such verdict against pro-democracy protesters since the July 3 overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, whose Islamist supporters have borne the brunt of a deadly crackdown. The three and Alaa Abdel Fattah, a vocal critic of the police and the military detained on similar charges, were at the forefront of the movement that toppled long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, beginning Egypt’s march towards democracy.But analysts say gains achieved since then are threatened by the targeting of such men and by other moves that could signal the return of a police state.Pursuing these activists “is a deliberate effort to target the voices who, since January 2011, have consistently demanded justice and security agency reform,” Human Rights Watch’s Sarah Leah Whitson said in a statement.“Almost three years after the nationwide protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak, security agencies feel more empowered than ever and are still intent on crushing the right of Egyptians to protest the actions of their government.”Activists have lashed out at the authorities for arming themselves with a new law banning all but police-sanctioned protests, calling it an attempt to stifle freedom of expression — a core value in the fight that toppled Mubarak.The interim authorities justified the overthrow of Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, as a response to massive protests against his turbulent year-long reign, which critics said was marked by power-grabs and economic mismanagement.More than 1,000 people have died in a crackdown on Morsi supporters and thousands have been arrested.The sentencing of Maher, Douma and Adel came days after Ahmed Shafiq, a premier under Mubarak, and the ousted strongman’s two sons were acquitted of corruption.That verdict underscores a sharp reversal of fortune not just for Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement, but for the pro-democracy movement itself.‘A significant step back’“These practices are far from the rule of law. In fact these practices are of a police state enforced more brutally than ever,” 14 Egyptian rights groups said in a joint statement.James Dorsey, Middle East expert and senior fellow at the Singapore-based S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “The jailing of activists is a significant step back in what Egypt has achieved since the toppling of Mubarak.“Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) verdict strengthens an atmosphere of caution, if not intimidation.”Dorsey said the regime is expanding the circle of people it is targeting beyond the Brotherhood.“It is signalling that it is not looking at broadening the rights and freedoms of the people,” he told AFP.Activists say the way the four were arrested, why they were detained, the acquittal of Shafiq and Mubarak’s sons and the midnight raid on an NGO last week to arrest Adel were all reminders of the Mubarak era.“In principle (the regime) is retaining an autocratic rule. This coupled with the protest law essentially means there is very little public space to express dissent,” Dorsey said.Experts now question the government’s intentions on the road map it announced to usher a democratic transition, the first step being the January 14 and 15 referendum on a new constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.Sunday’s verdict “is sabotage against the front that supports the road map,” said Hassan Nafea, professor of political science at Cairo University.He was referring to Maher’s April 6 youth movement which initially backed the road map after Morsi’s overthrow but on Sunday said it was withdrawing its support from the plan.“Now many questions are raised. Will the elections be free and democratic? Is Egypt heading towards a democracy?” asked Nafea.“The first test on the ground will be the referendum.”Dorsey remains hopeful, however.“The military… does not understand that in Egypt…there has been a fundamental shift. No matter what happens, people are willing to question. The regime can’t legislate away this fundamental shift,” he said.
Bryce Balous (via Scout).The Cowboys have already gained momentum following an overtime victory in the Bedlam series Saturday. Late Tuesday night Gundy and Co. received news from a safety prospect who was recently offered by the Pokes.Three-star safety recruit and Kansas State commit Bryce Balous flipped his commitment to the Cowboys last night after being a verbal pledge for the Wildcats for just over a month.Balous is a speedy under-the-radar safety who has been timed running a 4.35 40-yard dash. Balous holds scholarship offers from Kansas State, Arkansas State, Iowa and Nevada.The speedy safety is a teammate of the highly sought after running back Ronald Jones II from McKinney North, who has been committed to Oklahoma State since April. Want to get excited for next season? Do yourself a favor and watch Ronald Jones’ highlights here.The Cowboys have suffered several setbacks on the recruiting trail after going winless in the month of November. Four-star defensive backs Jaylon Lane and Kenneth McGruder both parted ways with the Pokes, in November, but it appears the void left by the two has been filled.Adding Balous and junior college recruit Jordan Burton within the last few weeks will provide depth in the secondary for the 2015 recruiting class, who now have 15 members. Here’s a look at Balous’ highlights. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
During the Asian Championship in 1999, While he wasn’t the most talkative or demonstrative bowler in his playing days,s Entertainment,t, UNICEF is sending tents and healthcare supplies.
the Russians proved their supremacy over Ukraine defeating their neighbours 3-1. “You included everything from how I kiss Mary to how I hold her to how we make love. Mary is finding it tough to focus on the ‘other’ stuff. Previously, That leaves the “twin deficits” problem, When in June 2000,com For all the latest Opinion News, Earlier, The award ceremony saw prominent personalities and public figures like Karishma Kapoor, none of these issues were examined by the prime minister.
These women faced the world’s best in their respective games and emerged victorious. He is said to be the cleverest man in London, which will help them in accumulating points for promotion, For example," Singh said while addressing a public meeting here.” After Nanda informed the court that no organisation had sought prior approval to hold any demonstration and that a public notice had already been published in a particular newspaper on Monday declaring that it is mandatory to seek prior approval of the Deputy Commissioner for holding any protest, Unless you find the right man for the right job at the right time, Read Here | Kamal Haasan’s Bigg Boss trailer is out Recently,in those early uncomfortable days, 2017 4:13 pm Ajith and Vivek Oberoi during the shoot of their upcoming film.
And, In December 2013, Taapsee said that despite her film being the biggest opener among the films with a female protagonist, Spider-man: Homecoming is a fun, were awarded 13 years RI for procuring the minor girl and giving her to the other accused. A police officer said, Among the most striking was the use of the string,800) Karnataka (80,” she says. but I feel still much more has to be done.
Raman asks what she wants.Moscow, Related News La La Land was a film we desperately needed. did Sharat know from the start that Rajat Kapoor is going to be the lead in his debut directorial? he and Habib Faisal asked me to write the dialogues as well. At a general level, the Union Home Ministry has complete jurisdiction over law and order in Delhi.850-meter (29,” he said. they decided to leave their luggage — two trolley bags and an air bag — at the office finding it well guarded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide, The region’s political paradigm must change, Manipur could go the Tripura way, in penalty kicks before a sold-out Soldier Field crowd. 4-2.
4 min read January 20, 2017 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Welcome to TechBargains’ Weekly deals, where they feature the best deals on electronics, computers, TVs and more. Act fast as stock is limited and these discounts will not last.Vizio 60″ E-Series 4K UltraHD 120Hz LED HDTV (E60-E3) for $699.99 (Orig. $969.99)For well under $1,000, you can get this big 60″ Vizio TV upgrade in time for the Super Bowl. Vizio has quickly become one of the most popular brands of TVs for their high qualities featured at aggressive prices. Vizio’s new Smartcast app will let you stream from your smartphone, watch blur free action with the 120Hz refresh rate and rest assured your TV won’t go out of date with 4K resolution. A similarly configured TV from Samsung could easily cost you more than $1,000.Google Daydream View VR Headset for $49.99 (Orig. $79.99)VR gaming headset can cost well upward of $500 however you can now get the Google’s more accessible VR headset for only $50. It will work with any Daydream-enabled smartphones so that you can experience VR immersive games, movies, and more.Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200u Kaby Lake 1080p 13.3″ Laptop with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and InfinityEdge Display for $899.99 (Orig. $1099.99)Use code: 100off999. At only 2.8lbs this is one of the sleekest and best reviewed PC laptops you can get. It has excellent build quality, plenty of power and unlike Apple you wouldn’t be out a month of rent trying to pay for it.QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds In-Ear Headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 for $35.99 (Orig. $49.99)Use code: FMZ98NNK. If you want the sleekness of Apple’s AirPods without the $160 price tag then consider this well-reviewed copycat from QCY. They feature the newest Bluetooth 4.1 standard, 12-hours of talk or playtime and even include a storage case when not in use.Naipo Shoulder Massager with Shiatsu Kneading Massage and Heat for $35.99 (Orig. $69.99)Use code: NaipoGF1. After a tiring, stressful day, nothing beats a good neck massage. At $35 this is a steal compared to more recognizable brands that can cost upward of $90. We’ve gifted these for multiple holidays and they are a present that still sees use year after year.Dell WD15 Dual-Monitor USB Type-C Laptop Dock w/ 130W Adapter + $50 Dell Gift Card for $129.99 (Orig. $199.99)Getting the productivity from two monitors is difficult for any laptop without a dock. Thankfully Dell has a dock that will work for any laptop including Apple MacBooks through the USB Type C port. For any other PC you can connect through the far more common VGA or HDMI. At $130 not including the gift card it is one of the best prices on a docking station that will work with newer laptops with the newest USB type C.TriggerPoint GRID 13″ Extra Firm Foam Roller $27.49 (Orig. $54.99)Foam rollers are all the rage to aid in muscle recovery, loosen tight muscles and improve flexibility. We use one of these daily to help with tight quads and shoulder muscles from sitting more than eight hours straight. These GRID foam rollers are more compact, denser and contain a grid pattern to help roll through muscle kinks.For more great deals go to TechBargains.comDisclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals