Archive for June 28th, 2015

28/06/2015

Egypt’s Fear of the Beard

Human Wrongs Watch

By Belal Darder*

27 June 2015, Middle East Eye – Since Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rose to power, officially one year ago but in practice since the armed forces’ declaration of 3 July, it was clear that his policy towards Islamic political movements was different from former presidents Hosni Mubarak or Anwar Sadat.

Ibrahim Abdo Ibrahim, a leading member of the Brotherhood is now a fugitive, as he was sentenced three years in absentia (MEE/Belal Darder)

Ibrahim Abdo Ibrahim, a leading member of the Brotherhood is now a fugitive, as he was sentenced three years in absentia (MEE/Belal Darder)

Sisi’s policy is closer to that of Gamal Abdel Nasser – total and complete obliteration of Islamic movements, with a particular focus on the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the main tools to execute this policy was the use of the media – government-backed media specifically – to terrorise the Islamic political movements which seized the political initiative after the 25 January revolution.

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28/06/2015

Now There Is a New Way to Force Action on Climate Change – the Courts

Human Wrongs Watch

By Faiza Oulahsen*

Today [25 June 2015], something incredible happened in the Netherlands. In a landmark court case, in which NGO Urgenda along with 900 concerned Dutch citizens sued the government for failing to act on climate change, the Dutch court ruled in their favour. It was a brave and necessary verdict.

Source: Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace

The Netherlands is widely known for being progressive on social issues (gay marriage, soft drugs etc) but we are unfortunately far from that when it comes to tackling climate change.

The wet and soggy lowlands have been lagging behind on renewables, with only 4% – one of the lowest in Europe.

But today’s verdict is a game-changer in the fight against climate change.

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