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Cynthia P. Schneider and Khaled Abol Naga on the Egyptian Elections

May 4, 2012  • ADS Works

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Cynthia P. Schneider (Former Ambassador and Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University) and Khaled Abol Naga (Egyptian actor, filmmaker, and activist) — both fellows at Anna Deveare Smith Works — have been collaboratively writing pieces analyzing the ongoing struggle in Egypt for Below is a note from Schneider followed by links to two of their most recent pieces on the violent repression surrounding Egypt’s current elections.



As many of you know, today is the second day of voting in the historic Egyptian Presidential election. Sadly, many of the youth who led the Revolution that made this election possible will not be voting today because they are among the 12,000 political prisoners — mostly protesters or bloggers/journalists who have criticized the military regime (SCAF) — arrested and held in military detention since the Revolution.

My friend Khaled Abol Naga and I have published a couple of articles on CNN about the continued injustices perpetrated by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt. We also criticize US support for the military regime, support that violates all US principles, and has diminished the standing of the US government in Egypt.  A recent Brookings Institute poll showed that Egyptians preferred Romney over Obama by 71%; not because they know much about Romney, but because of a strong anti-Obama sentiment.

The Egyptian people deserve so much more than a brutal military regime — as may happen after the Presidential election. We argue that the United States should act in accordance with its principles, and help the Egyptian people achieve the aspirations President Obama outlined in his 2009 Cairo speech.

— Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider

Click the links below for the articles:

“Egypt’s military must stop torturing detainees”

“As repression in Egypt grows, U.S. must back fair vote”