A Daily "Thought"

6/26/2014

On Democracy, Freedom of Speech & Egypt: Notations on Quite a Week

It has been a very interesting week as the US Supreme Court handed down a wonderful verdict on Privacy.  The Supreme Court also found that President Obama violated the Constitution with the recess appointments.      There are also a number of other decisions still due--but it underscores how the law matters despite the disagreements one has. I also have the privilege of serving as a Traffic Commissioner for my local City: Laguna Niguel. Our Commission had its' latest meeting yesterday that gave the Community to raise concerns which was such a joy to be a part of. One of the residents who spoke before our Commission noted America made it possible. This is as others around the World are fighting for such rights and as many are paying a heavy price for such rights.   As I was working away, I saw an article from Robin Wright on Libya that I also wanted to report on here.      This is as Egypt continues to be on the edge of the abyss with the sham trial of Al Jazeera Journalists as  just one example that noted in one of the blog channels for my fledging start-up, the Daily Outsiders in , Outsider Views: 

The trial of the Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt is now over.

The Three Journalists have been handed down 7 Year sentences. Whatever one may think of Al Jazeera, its Owners, Al Jazeera has done much to change the narrative around the World. The idea that such fine reporters can be sentenced as they have is chilling. The Social Media Campaign by the Greiste Family, Al Jazeera, Amnesty International and Media around the World has been gratifying to be privy too. We here @ Outsiders have added our name to this as well on Twitter. Sis, the new President-King, has said he will not intervene because he says Judicial institutions in Egypt are "exalted". He seems to be ever more a legend in his own brain as he also issued a decree giving him full authority to appoint the heads of Universities.

In the meantime, freedom of speech is dissipating ever more, massive death sentences have been yet again affirmed while the ordinary Egyptian continues to suffer The dissipation of speech was affirmed when Bassam Youssef decided to end his show because he did not want to subject himself and his family to such harassment. For those who do not know who Bassam Youssef is, he was Egypt's Jon Stewart. He had the courage to speak out and create the political satire that was very much the impetus for Egypt's 2011 Revolution--that has been now stolen by the so-called Dark State. 

 Jon Stewart's indictment of Sisi and Egypt was just beautiful:
The horrific scene of these hapless souls in cages says it all.

Excerpts Also released to http://www.outsiderviews.com, June 2014
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