|The promulgation this week in Egypt of a decree banning strikes and protests has laid bare the real character of the military-controlled regime that succeeded the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak. The regime is attempting to outlaw and criminalize the very methods used by millions of Egyptians to oppose Mubarak and--after 18 days of mass demonstrations--drive him from power on February 11.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.