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10 thoughts on “On the latest arrests

  1. Well, I don’t know what to say except, damn. One of the things that makes this somewhat confusing is that some folks automatically see this as Egypt going after the Muslim Brotherhood, so who cares? (sigh) Please keep us updated on this if you can. What a mess.

  2. What were they arrested for?! I know I am missing something everyone else knows. I have wondered how safe you are Sandmonkey. If your a sandmonkey than I am a dumb redneck living in Jacksonville Florida USA. Well I am a dumb redneck regardless of who you are. Stay safe! I pray for you and your associates. Todd

  3. The United States of America has the following comment:

    Press Statement
    Sean McCormack, Spokesman
    Washington, DC
    March 15, 2007

    Egyptian Blogger Appeal Denied

    The United States is disappointed that the initial appeal of Egyptian student blogger, Abdel Karim Soliman, was not successful. He is the first Egyptian blogger to be prosecuted for the content of his remarks, and his conviction is a setback for human rights in Egypt. The role of freedom of expression is critical in a democratic and prosperous society. The right to freedom of opinion and expression, through any media, applies to everyone and is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We were deeply concerned by his conviction and prison sentence for expressing his opinions. We note that Mr. Soliman can pursue a further appeal, and we will continue to closely monitor this case.


  4. How weak does a government have to be to go after one youngster who happens to be a blogger?

    answer: Pathetically weak.

    I take it that Abdel Karim Soliman blogged in both English and Arabic; is this correct SandMonkey?

  5. Smashing Dissent in Egypt

    Imprisioned Egyptian blogger and 22-year-old former law student Abdel Karim Suleiman Egypt Moves to Eliminate Freedom to Protest, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Speak by “Sandmonkey”*…

  6. It is so sad to see what is happening to liberties. All these people who fight for human rights and you Egyptian bloggers of SM style are impressive. May your sharp eyes and critical and open minds be more numerous.

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