The crackdown on freedom of expression under Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi has reached its worst ever level in recent memory with its unprecedented severity.It is currently more dangerous to criticize the government in Egypt than at any time in the country’s recent history. Egyptians living under President al-Sisi are treated as criminals simply for peacefully express their views. The security services have been unrelenting in their closure of any remaining political or social or even cultural independent spaces. These measures have tuned Egypt into an open-air prison for critics…..more: AMNESTY
Bluefin tuna sells for record $3.1 million at Tokyo fish market, but scarcity clouds celebration…more: .washingtonpost.
The CBS television network says it has rejected a request by Egypt’s envoy to the US not to broadcast an interview with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi…….more…BBC
The number of migrants who died or went missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean fell by more than a quarter in 2018 over the previous year, to 2,262, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.
The number of migrants who arrived in Europe after surviving the sea crossing also dropped by roughly the same proportion last year to 113,482 after 172,301 in 2017, according to the UNHCR’s full-year figures….MORE: FRANCE24
Omar fled the civil war in Somalia with her family in 1991 and spent four years in the Utango camp, near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, before arriving in the US with her six brothers and sisters under a resettlement programme.theguardian.. #Hope #Ilhan
Haass: Iran Is The Most Likely Setting For War …more: realclearpolitics