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Coronavirus Adds Urgency to Ending Egypt’s Detention and Torture of Children…


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Date: May 10, 2020

01) Coronavirus Adds Urgency to Ending Egypt’s Detention and Torture of Children

“The United States has long justified its support for Egyptian security services as necessary for the security and stability of Egypt and the region. Yet the means by which the Egyptian security services operate include arbitrarily arresting and torturing some of the most vulnerable members of the population – children. Now, with the coronavirus sweeping through the Middle East and conditions for children in detention ripe for a public health crisis, the situation is more dire than ever. The United States must end support to security services that disappear and torture children, and should stand up and press Egypt to end widespread abuses of detainees’ rights and the routine use of detention against children.

The case of a 17-year-old detainee named Wesam illustrates the abuses. For three frantic days in late 2017, Wesam’s family and friends had no idea where he was. Eventually they learned he had been arrested on his way to a protest. In his first days of detention, he was given only the soldiers’ and guards’ leftovers to eat, and he was interrogated for hours on end without being allowed to see a lawyer. He spent the next five months in a crowded cell at a Cairo police station that measured 9 x 9 feet. There were never fewer than 15 detainees, some of them adults, crammed in with him. The cell was so packed that inmates “slept on a shift schedule: a group of us sleeps for six hours, and another group wakes up,” he told us.

As of April 2020, Wesam is still under investigation for alleged membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement the government outlawed as a “terrorist” organization and recently blamed for spreading the coronavirus. He is required to check in at a police station every day.

But he is one of the lucky ones. Egyptian security services have disappeared other children for up to 15 months and tortured them. In our work with Human Rights Watch and the U.S.-based rights organization Belady: An Island for Humanity, we recently reported on children detained for political reasons in Egypt. Like Wesam, most were held with adults in overcrowded, poorly ventilated cells, and denied adequate food and medical care. Many were also tortured.

Consider the case of Abdullah, who was only 12 when he was disappeared on December 31, 2017, a few months after his older brother joined a group that claims affiliation with the Islamic State (ISIS). For the first six months, Abdullah was held in several detention centers, where he was shocked with electricity, waterboarded, suspended by his right hand, and forced to lie on a burning hot metal bed frame. For the next 100 days, he was held in solitary confinement and denied adequate food, family visits, medical care, and the chance to bathe. After a period of slightly improved treatment, a police officer at the station where he was being held promised in January 2019 to return him to his family. However, when his older sister arrived the next day to collect him, officers denied knowledge of his whereabouts. His family has not seen him since.

Or consider what happened to Hamza, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence. He was 14 when forces from the Interior Ministry’s National Security Agency disappeared him in 2016 for allegedly taking part in a demonstration. For two days, officers shocked Hamza with electricity on his genitals, head, and tongue. On the third day, they suspended him from behind by his arms, which dislocated both his shoulders. He was left in an unheated corridor for three more days, in winter, then taken to an underground cell. On Hamza’s 15th birthday, a guard overheard him speaking to another prisoner, which was prohibited, and forced the boy to stand on tiptoe after placing sharp nails under his heels. “He hates his birthday now, he does not want to celebrate it again,” a relative told us.

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to get the United States to press Egypt to stop detaining and torturing children.”

Ugly reality…

…The United States government/elite only care about children and young people, when they personally have something to gain from it…

…And, yes…it can be egotistical gains…and financial gains…but it’s typically power greed gains…and gains in satisfaction, by way of violating people they claim to be “morally offensive”…or “socially corrupting”.

They don’t care about propping up, and supporting these types of ruthless abuses against children and youth, when it suits their own goals…and nobody else is seeing it happen, or connecting them to it.

So many U.S. politicians, and other powerful profiteers, are flat out bastards.

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Biden Scandal Gets Worse, More Evidence Surfaces…


Date: May 10, 2020

01) Biden Scandal Gets Worse, More Evidence Surfaces


“Things are not looking good for Joe Biden.

A court document from 1996 shows former Senate staffer Tara Reade told her ex-husband she was sexually harassed while working for Joe Biden in 1993.

The declaration — exclusively obtained by The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California — does not say Biden committed the harassment nor does it mention Reade’s more recent allegations of sexual assault.

Reade’s then-husband Theodore Dronen wrote the court declaration. Dronen at the time was contesting a restraining order Reade filed against him days after he filed for divorce, Superior Court records show.

Citation:
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/politics-government/article242527331.html”

Trump Reacts To STAGGERING Unemployment Numbers…


Date: May 10, 2020

01) Trump Reacts To STAGGERING Unemployment Numbers


“Over 20 million Americans are unemployed.

The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report has laid bare the devastating economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic, showing that the U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent in April, with 20.5 million people put out of work. That shatters the the post-World War II record of 10.8 percent in November 1982. The rate was 4.4 percent in March, and the spike is a record on a month-to-month basis. The number of unemployed Americans was listed at 23.1 million. The number of people who usually work full-time dropped by 15 million over the month, and the number who usually work part-time declined by 7.4 million, according to the report. The worst-hit sector was leisure and hospitality, with the number of jobs plummeting by 7.7 million, or 47 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report said nearly three-quarters of the decrease occurred in food services and drinking places. Employment in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry lost 1.3 million jobs and the accommodation sector saw 839,000 positions vanish.

Citation:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jobs-report-shows-april-unemployment-rate-hit-147-percent-worst-since-great-depression-in-coronavirus-wake

No, Elizabeth Warren as VP is NOT a “Concession” to the Left…


Date: May 10, 2020

01) No, Elizabeth Warren as VP is NOT a “Concession” to the Left


“Citation:
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/496297-sanders-not-backing-warren-as-biden-vp-report

It is downright insane, to offer a person to people who don’t even want that person…and call it some sort of “concession”.

Good grief…it’s a spit in the face.

Elizabeth Warren is an island, now…Well…she’s got her posh support base…but she is no progressive…nor any true ally to progressives.

Sam Seder’s HILARIOUS Response to Dave Rubin Tweet…


Date: May 10, 2020

01) Sam Seder’s HILARIOUS Response to Dave Rubin Tweet


“Dave Rubin is claiming that anything less than a five-star book review is censorship.”

That is not a “book burning”…

A modern day “book burning”, would be something like banding together and forcing a book seller to stop carrying a particular, targeted book…because they are trying to block it’s message from being seen by a wider audience.

Bad reviews do not constitute “book burning”.

For sure…bad reviews can be malicious…especially when they come via an organized campaign…but they’ve still not made any book inaccessible.

Anyone who intends to purchase a book with mostly negative reviews, can still purchase the book [so long as they have the funds].

What happened to David Riegel back in the 2000’s, with the charge and fatal strike being led by Anderson Pooper, resulting in Dave’s books being removed and banned from Amazon [one with something like a decade of established availability]…that was a modern day book burning.

Little Richard…

Date: May 10, 2020

01) A Brief History of Little Richard Grappling With His Sexuality & Religion

“In a 2017 interview on the Christian-oriented Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Richard reiterated a belief that homosexuality is “unnatural” while simultaneously reaffirming his strong Christian faith that has followed him for most of his life. “Anybody that comes in show business, they gon’ say you gay or straight,” he said. “God made men, men and women, women… You’ve got to live the way God wants you to live…”

Little Richard died the other day…maybe yesterday…

I had no idea he was such a bigot…In fact, I always kind of figured, yeah…he clearly had some christian/gospel leanings, but he was probably open minded…I mean…he always struck me as homosexual…

Obviously, he’s another individual the church psychologically screwed up.

He’s quite the character to be coming out, once his flamboyant, lavish life is lived and nearly over…to declare “what a real man would do”.

To be honest…he always came off creepy to me.

I was sad to learn of his passing, though…and now even more sad, to learn of this late life legacy.