With Friends Like This
President-for-life Mubarak in Egypt ordered 80 lashes for a reporter who said that Mubarak was ill of health. Whether he was sick or not is beside the point. The point is that the country's 'chief religious official', appointed by Mubarak, ordered this beating.. Where is free is speech? And does not a politician leave themselves open to rumour? And does not a country's press prevent a totalitarian state?
This is purely sick. That we (you and me the US taxpayer) gives the government of Egypt billions of dollars every year in foreign aid is insane. And just one of many many examples of what happens in the entangling alliances of nation-states and unaccountable government power. Again, in case you missed the point; that you pay for, in many ways more than just the material.