Territory mostly in northeast Africa, ruled since 2011 by the Jumhūrīyat Miṣr al-ʿArabīyah


Egypt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Egypt (Arabic: مصر, Miṣr; Coptic: Ⲭⲏⲙⲓ, Kīmi ; Sahidic Coptic: ⲕⲏⲙⲉ, Kēme), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, Arabic: جمهوريّة مصر العربيّة, is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Covering an area of about 1,010,000 square kilometers, Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Egypt | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 27, Political Rights: 6, Civil Liberties: 5
"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi continued to wield both executive and legislative powers in 2015, with no elected legislature in place since the July 2013 coup against then president Mohamed Morsi, which also dissolved the parliament. Legislative elections were finally held in late 2015 following a brief and tightly managed campaign period. The new, overwhelmingly progovernment parliament was scheduled to hold its first session in early 2016."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 5.31, Rank: 144, Personal Freedom: 4.56, Economic Freedom: 6.05, Democracy Index: 3.29
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 6.05, Rank: 129


Trump’s Support and Praise of Despots Is Central to the U.S. Tradition, Not a Deviation From It, by Glenn Greenwald, 2 May 2017
Discusses recent criticism of Donald Trump that claims that his foreign policy towards known dictators and tyrants constitutes a major shift, when in fact that has been standard U.S. policy since at least the end of World War II
"In 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton actually said of the murderous Egyptian dictator supported by the U.S.: 'I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family.' When Egypt's defense minister, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, overthrew that country's first elected government, Clinton's successor, John Kerry, hailed him for 'restoring democracy,' and as Sisi became more brutal and repressive, the Obama administration lavished him with more weapons and money."
U.S.-Egyptian "Historic Partnership" Reeks with Hypocrisy, by Sheldon Richman, 25 Jun 2014
Examines events in Egypt from 2011 to 2014, in view of continued U.S. military aid
"... in 2011, ... Egyptians took to the streets to demand an end to the decades-long dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak ... The Egyptian people’s uprising led to their first elections and a victory for candidates associated with the Muslim Brotherhood ... All this was topped off this past spring by the election of former general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as president, with a suspicious 95 percent of the vote."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

U.S. Weapons Sent to Egypt to Foster Regional Democracy, by Matt Davies, 11 Feb 2011