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I haven't had this much fun since Grandma let all the cousins, nieces and nephews rummage through her big Brooklyn house in our fierce competition for the title "Scavenger of the Month."

 

Well, imagine the sheer glee, the unbridled joy that an unreconstructed scavenger feels when you let him/her loose in the archives of the Egyptian State Information Service website.

 

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The Archives is where the government stores old material, though in this country today, old could be as young as a month.

 

Much of what we find there could bring on apoplexy. For example, round about 2004-2005 -- when Egypt was under a bit of pressure from the US and others to democratize its election procedures -- The State Information Service decided to publish a book on, wait for it, Human Rights in Egypt.

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Here's a passage:

 

"Within the Egyptian pioneering role in approving, consolidating and maintaining human rights, we shall expound the international and regional agreements Egypt has joined, the human rights-related articles provided in the Egyptian Constitution, the authorities and institutions in charge of supporting and protecting these rights in Egypt, and the role played by the Supreme Constitutional Court in interpreting and adopting these rights."

 

Pioneering role? Maintaining human rights? At this point the scavenger doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.

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But, maybe one needs to take a longer view of history, perhaps with just a modicum of forgiveness toward the blow-hard strongman who puts on his game face while trying to look and sound serious while spewing forth volumes of misinformation and disinformation to his faithful subjects.

 

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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)
 

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