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As Kerry Meets Egypt’s Sisi, Of Libya and Press Freedom at the UN

By InnerCity Press - Wed May 18, 2:29 pm

By Matthew Russell LeeUNITED NATIONS, May 18 – US Secretary of State met Egyptian President al-Sisi and issued this read-out: ”Secretary Kerry met today in Cairo with Egyptian president al-Sisi, where they discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Libya and Syria. The Secretary expressed his appreciation for the president’s recent statement of strong support for advancing Arab-Israeli peace.  Secretary Kerry also stressed the importance of Egypt’s role as a regional partner and reiterated U.S. commitment to help Egypt fight terrorism, increase economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and bolster regional security.” On Libya, one wonders how the prospect of arming the new government, and separately Haftar, came up.Is “strengthen democratic institutions” a euphemism for press freedom? US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power this week tweeted about the trial of photo-journalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid – while what is described below is happening at the UN, and see this letter from the Government Accountability Project. See also this Vine, and this one. ”For ten years as Inner City Press covered the UN in ever greater detail, showing Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Herve Ladsous’ inept overseeing and cover up of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers, dalliance with genocide in Sri Lanka and prospectively Burundi, impunity forcholera deaths in Haiti and until now forUN lead poisoning in Kosovo and cravenly pro-Saudi position on Yemen amid the airstrikes, it was never thrown out of the UN….

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