“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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Sunak’s latest plan will ‘cut families adrift’, warn campaigners

MPs are due to vote on the amount of Universal Credit families will receive next year in November. The extra £20 uplift in Universal Credit that began in April is currently planned to be cut. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) estimated this would add up to 16m people losing over £1,000 a year. Many organisations, including JRF and End Child Poverty (ECP) coalition wrote to chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to keep the increase. The impact The JRF further predicted that the loss of the extra Universal Credit could force 700,000 people into poverty, including 300,000 children. Recent research commissioned by ECP found that child poverty has…

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Johnson is gaslighting us, his energy pledge is just the latest example

On 6 October, Boris Johnson announced big plans to make the UK ‘the Saudi Arabia of wind energy’. In what was touted as a huge announcement, he told the nation: Offshore wind will be powering every home in the country… You heard me right! Your kettle. Your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them – will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands. With much fanfare and the requisite amount of air-punching, Johnson went on to promise £160m in funding for offshore wind projects. His speech was further peppered with inane…

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Britain’s status as rogue state confirmed, thanks to latest moves by the Johnson Gang to flout international laws

Outrageous government proposals regarding asylum-seekers, together with a bill to provide immunity to crimes committed by UK military and another that may wreck the Good Friday Agreement, could see the UK in violation of international laws. Moreover, that the UK is regarded as a ‘rogue state’ appears to be of no concern to the Johnson Gang. For it’s all about changing mindsets: what was once completely unacceptable is now the norm. Example 1: ‘Australian style’ offshore processing Leaked documents show that Downing Street sought ideas on how best the UK could deal with asylum-seekers trying to reach the UK. It’s understood that in response to Downing Street, home…

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TRUMP COVID LATEST: President To Be Taken To Hospital Following Positive Covid Test 

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump was taken Walter Reed Hospital Friday in what the White House said was an ‘abundance of caution,’ after the leader of the free-world tested positive for Coronavirus.Fox News reported that the President had been given a cocktail of drugs including “zinc, Vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin,” in addition to completing an infusion of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail.Trump was sent to Walter Reed via Helicopter The President will be working from Walter Reed and there will not be a transfer of power.“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh…

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TRUMP COVID LATEST: Prez in ‘Good Spirits’ and is ‘Cracking Jokes’ With Staff At Walter Reed

PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump was taken Walter Reed Hospital Friday in what the White House said was an ‘abundance of caution,’ less than 24 hours after testing positive for the Coronavirus.The President has “mild symptoms.” Marine One was seen taking off from the hospital grounds, after having transported Trump.Washington sources told Politicalite that the Trump was “in good spirits”and was “cracking jokes’ with staff”.The President posted a video on his Twitter feed shortly after he left for Walter Reid.pic.twitter.com/B4H105KVSs— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020He said “he thinks he’s doing very well and thanked well wishes.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was also hospitalised by the deadly…

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