From IPS news agency:
Hopes Fade for US Help to Restore Civil Liberties
By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
CAIRO, May 20 , 2010 – Egypt‘s decision to extend its oppressive Emergency Law for two more years drew a tepid response from Washington, prompting criticism that U.S. administrations – including that of President Barack Obama – only push for political reform in Egypt when it suits their geostrategic interest.
“Obama has completely gone back on his promise to support democracy in the Arab world,” Hafez Abu Saeda, secretary-general of the Cairo-based Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, told IPS. “He has obviously reached the conclusion that regional stability – i.e., keeping dictatorial regimes in power – is more in the U.S. interest than democracy.”
Egyptian riot police beat and arrested dozens of protesters on Sunday when they attempted to stage a protest against police brutality in the centre of Cairo: here.
Two Egyptian police officers charged with brutal death of blogger/activist: here.
12 More Killed in Thailand as Protesters Refuse to Submit
Curfews Across Thailand as Crackdown Continues
This video says about itself:
At least six people were killed and more than 60 injured yesterday when the Thai army cracked down on anti-government protesters in Bangkok: here.
The Violence That’s Been Brewing in Thailand Since March Came to a Head With the Thai Army Storming the Camps of Anti-Government Protesters Called Red Shirts: here.
Thai Government Extends Curfew: here.
There has been no international condemnation of the Thai military’s crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok that left more than 80 people dead and hundreds injured: here.