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Chalk up another “victory” for spreading democracy

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We’re so good at this, we may just bankrupt ourselves back into a Hobbesian state of nature.

Fears for Egypt’s democracy deepened on Monday when a judge sentenced 683 men to death in the country’s latest mass trial, while another banned a youth movement that helped inspire Egypt’s 2011 revolution.

The 683 men – including the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Badie – were condemned to death in the southern city of Minya on charges of killing a policeman last August.

I guess the “new” modern anti-conspiracy laws in Egypt are not so new after all.

Mohamed Elmessiry, an Amnesty International researcher who attended the hearings, said: “In each trial, the defence were not able to present their case, the witnesses were not heard, and many of the accused were not brought to the courtroom. This lacks any basic guarantees of a fair trial – not only under international law, but also Egyptian national law.

“The trials themselves are a death sentence to any remaining credibility and independence of Egypt’s criminal justice system.”

So another good investment by America instead of something like universal health care…history’s real great evil.

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