“A Huge Blow to Civil Society”: Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the Quarantine Report. We end today’s show in Egypt, where the executive director of the leading human rights group in the country was arrested Thursday night in an unprecedented crackdown. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of activists and journalists since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of the late…

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"A Huge Blow to Civil Society": Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown

In Egypt, the executive director of the country’s leading human rights group has been arrested as part of an unprecedented crackdown on activists and journalists. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of people since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. “These arrests are a huge blow to civil society in Egypt,” says Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Democracy Now! correspondent and reporter for Mada Masr, the…

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Commissioner says children in care ‘failed by the state’ as private companies make huge profits

Thousands of children in care are being repeatedly moved between residential homes or living in unregulated accommodation, reporting “disgusting” and prison-like conditions, a report has found. “Irrational system” Some children feel “dumped” in children’s homes in areas they haven’t heard of. While hundreds of children who need a place can’t get one anywhere in England, the children’s commissioner said. Anne Longfield said those falling through the cracks of an increasingly “fragmented, uncoordinated and irrational system” risk becoming victims of criminal or sexual exploitation. She has published three reports setting out how children’s residential social care is failing some of the country’s most vulnerable children. The government’s failure to…

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White community leaders must respond to the huge numbers of white people voting for Trump

Whatever the result of the US election, white America has once again chosen Trump’s fascism.An exit poll from the New York Times used research carried out by Edison Research to put together a picture of gender and race differences in voting.Of course, exit polls only provide a snapshot of elections. There will be updates to these numbers as vote counting continues. There are, however, some insights we can pick up here with some confidence. The largest voting group was people of no colour. 58% of white men voted for Trump, as did 55% of white women. The rush to ask ‘leaders’ of minority groups to comment every time…

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