Mamdouh Habib was an Egyptian emigrant to Australia. He was captured and sold to the Americans who sent him to Egypt to be horrifically tortured. From there, he was sent to Guantanamo, where he was ultimately released, but only after more torture. Now, Habib is suing his Egyptian tormenter, former head of Egyptian internal security, Omar Suleiman.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday April 26, 2011 4:03 pm|
|By: emptywheel Monday February 14, 2011 8:15 am|
It appears that the CIA has labeled its disappearances simply a matter of flawed bureaucracy rather than a clear example of the problems that result when you eliminate due process.
|By: Rayne Friday February 11, 2011 8:09 am|
In a brief announcement on Egyptian state television, Vice President Omar Suleiman said that President Hosni Mubarak has relinquished power and asked the Egyptian Armed Forces Council to assume responsibility for leadership of the country.
|By: Siun Thursday February 10, 2011 9:45 am|
The latest reports (or should we call them all rumors?) point to the Egyptian military planning to assume at least transitional power in Egypt. What this means for the people and their demands is hard to predict.
|By: Siun Thursday February 10, 2011 8:29 am|
The immense crowd in Tahrir is cheering louder and louder – and clearly feels that something is about to change. Of course, Mubarak’s removal is not the protesters sole demand and we’ll have to wait and see if he does leave – and if the other demands are met for full regime change.
|By: Rayne Thursday February 10, 2011 7:57 am|
Multiple outlets are reporting that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is anticipated to make an announcement on state television this evening; it’s not clear whether he will say he is stepping down.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 9, 2011 11:45 am|
After the world turned away and thought the protests in Egypt over and a smooth transition to democracy under torturer-in-chief Omar Suleiman assured, everyone forgot one thing: the view of the protesters. They have actually stepped up their protests, blocking the entrance to Parliament and forcing the new Mubarak cabinet to convene elsewhere. In the face of this, the other US allies in the Middle East are pressing Obama to back off of Mubarak and allow the “stable” process to take hold. They aren’t really talking about Egypt, but their own countries; they don’t want to see the same kind of unrest at their doorstep, and so they view Mubarak holding on as crucial to their continued survival. They say it would “destabilize the region.” But stability in this case is synonymous with autocracy.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 9, 2011 8:46 am|
No wonder Obama has no problem pushing our Egyptian torturer, Omar Suleiman, to lead Egypt. It’s completely consistent with our own practice of promoting our own torturers.
|By: Rayne Wednesday February 9, 2011 6:06 am|
The crowd in Cairo’s Tahrir Square remains strong today. New participants continue to stream into the square to take part in what Egyptians see as both a historic event and as the first opportunity to exercise freedom of speech. Yet in spite of the increasing size and reach of the uprising, Vice President Omar Suleiman made a veiled threat about the duration of the protests.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 8, 2011 3:30 pm|
Sometimes the irony of two news events that happen on the same day is almost surreal.