Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ted Cruz Praises Repressive Egyptian Leader

Three of the four Republican presidential candidates went up to bat (relatively anyway) for Muslims last night following frontrunner Donald Trump’s assertion that “Islam hates us.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used the opportunity to cite a Muslim leader as a shining example of someone the United States should be supporting — and not alienating, a la Trump.

“Let me give you an example of a Muslim for example, we ought to be standing with,” Cruz told the crowd of Republicans in Miami. “President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi of Egypt, a president of a Muslim country who is targeting radical Islamic terrorists.”

This isn’t the first time Cruz has directed praise at el-Sisi. “Why don’t we see the president of the United States demonstrating that same courage [as el-Sisi] just to speak the truth about the face of evil we’re facing right now?” Cruz asked during the first Republican presidential debate last year.

El-Sisi’s reign in Egypt has been called “worse than the dictators” of the past by the Guardian, while the Cato Institute has called him a man who rules with a level of “tyranny Mubarak only dreamed of.”

ThinkProgress traveled to Egypt last summer, and many people, including an Egyptian human rights activist, said the situation under el-Sisi, with regard to human rights and basic freedoms, was worse than ever before.

This is the same regime that sentenced a four-year old boy to life in prison. Authorities later admitted a mistake in this case, but only after the boy’s father spent 18 months as a fugitive.

On Friday, mere hours after Cruz’s comments, the Financial Times ran a piece titled “Egypt escalates crackdown on dissent.”

“Over the past two years Egypt has witnessed its harshest crackdown on dissent in decades, say rights groups,” FT reported. “They have documented a sharp rise in restrictions on basic freedoms, and an increase in torture and deaths in custody which some analysts say is a sign that the security establishment feels empowered under Mr Sisi.”

Original Article
Author:  Justin Salhani 

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