Articles by Poula (Paul) Hanna

Report finds execution rate up in Middle East

It appears the Arab spring which hit the Middle East last year has caused a surge in executions in the region as well.  A newly released Amnesty International report suggests “a surge of executions in the Middle East has pushed up the known worldwide toll.”
The Amnesty report asserted that the rate of executions rose…

19 Americans detained by Egyptian government

Late last year, Egyptian authorities raided offices of multiple pro-democracy groups, including two groups associated with the Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S., seizing documents, computers, cell phones and cash, and shutting down the organizations pending a criminal investigation. At the time, the unprecedented raid dealt a major blow to U.S.-Egyptian relations.
In early…

Egyptian Christians protest violence

In response to the destruction of a Christian Coptic church in the southern city of Aswan, Egypt’s Coptic Christians staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the state’s radio and television building last Sunday.
The demonstrations quickly turned violent as protesters and security forces clashed creating the deadliest spark of violence in months.
Most of…

Letter to the Editor: Geronimo

A group of elite soldiers, who will forever remain unknown, have brought justice and comfort to many around the world.
These unselfish and noble individuals have put their lives at risk in order to bring to justice the man who has committed some of the most dreadful and violent acts against the United States and…

Deposed Egyptian leader may face trial

Breaking nearly two months of silence, deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a pre-recorded announcement last Sunday denying any abuse of power during his thirty years in office.
The ex-president affirmed that he will fully cooperate with authorities to prove he did not accumulate wealth by abusing his power, and promised that he will pursue…

CIA officials sent into Libya to aid US decision to arm rebels

Though the CIA has been in Libya since the American Embassy in Tripoli was evacuated (and also assisted in the rescue of the pilots of a fighter jet that crashed two weeks ago), the agency has taken a new role in the conflict by sending small teams of operatives into the country to obtain valuable…

On road to democracy, not all Egyptian voices are heard

After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign on Feb. 11, the military suspended the constitution and appointed a legal committee headed by top legal adviser and judge, Tarkek El-Bishri, with the task of amending the constitution.
After 10 days of deliberation, the eight member committee announced the proposed changes that will set the…