U.S. quietly allows military aid to Egypt despite rights concerns
Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt’s failure to meet democracy standards.
Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations.
US groups lash out at Egyptian court convictons of 16 American non-profit workers
Critics railed against the sentencing Tuesday of 43 people, including at least 16 Americans, to up to five years in prison for illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest with regard to their work with non-governmental groups.
Democratic activists say the convictions are no different from the police-state policies that the Egyptian revolution of 2011 sought to end. All but one of the Americans had already fled the country, including the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.