Egypt: How Biden failed his own litmus test

During his successful election campaign, Biden famously pledged that under his presidency there would be “no more blank checks” for Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “favourite dictator”. In the same tweet, Biden referenced other Egyptian-Americans who had been victims of Sisi, including human rights activist Mohamad Soltan. Whether or not Biden will indeed issue blank checks to Sisi remains to be seen, but the omens are not looking good, and Soltan is at the heart of it. Soltan was shot, arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rabaa massacre, with his only “c…

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