Formula One Whitewashes Bahrain Repression

by Joe Stork Najah Yusuf, a 42-year-old mother of four, has been languishing in a Bahraini jail for nearly two years ever since intelligence officers found messages on her cell phone promoting anti-government protests. At her trial, which in June… Continue Reading  

Egyptian Prisons as Islamic State Recruitment Centers

by Joe Stork When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Cairo on January 10, he commended President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi for his “leadership” in combating “the ongoing threat of terrorism as well as the radical Islamism that fuels it.” In fact,… Continue Reading  

Does Egypt Execution Spree Rest on Coerced Confessions?

by Joe Stork Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15. The nine had been convicted for their alleged roles in the June 2015 car-bomb assassination… Continue Reading  

Egypt Blacks Out Coverage of Sisi’s 60 Minutes Interview

by Joe Stork CBS’s flagship news program 60 Minutes provocatively promoted its interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as “the interview Egypt’s government doesn’t want on TV.” After CBS recorded the interview, Egypt’s ambassador to the United States as… Continue Reading  

New Year Not Likely Happy for Leading Gulf Rights Defenders

by Joe Stork  It’s been a grim 2018 for partisans of free expression in the Gulf. The gruesome murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi by henchmen of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman rightly commanded headlines. More bad news looms,… Continue Reading