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Issue No. 2404

United against old military ruler

Egyptian Revolutionaries have launched a campaign to oppose ex-military leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is expected to win the presidential election on Monday of next week.

The new campaign, Dedak (Against you), includes sections of the 6 April Youth Movement, the Revolutionary Socialists and Students Resistance.

Revolutionary Socialist Haitham Mohamedain said at the launch, “Revolutionary groups agree that Sisi led a bloody coup against the 25 January revolution with the aim of killing the revolution and reinstating the Mubarak regime.” Protests were planned this week.

Killer US drones sent to Nigeria

A bomb attack that killed four people in the city of Kano has further escalated Nigeria’s crisis.

Politicians from Nigeria and nearby countries attended talks in Paris with Western officials to discuss how to deal with Islamist group Boko Haram last Saturday.

US drones are now deployed in northern Nigeria, something the Nigerian state had previously resisted. 

This is likely to build support for Boko Haram, whose followers live in poverty and feel abandoned by central government.

Court rules on detainee torture

A US Federal Court Judge ordered the government to temporarily stop force feeding hunger-striking Guantanamo prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab.

The order was set to last until a hearing this week. 

The judge also ordered the military to retain all video recordings of Abu’s force feeding. Abu has been held for over 12 years without charge or trial. He was cleared for release in 2009. 

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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
Issue No. 2404
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