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Egyptian president strong-arms voters

International | Abdel Fattah al-Sisi uses coercion and threats, just like his predecessor
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/03/18, 03:11 pm

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday won his second four-year term in an election in which he faced no serious opponents. His victory follows an electoral process marred by reports of coerced voting, media censorship, and growing frustration with his governance.

Official results revealed al-Sisi emerged the winner with more than 97 percent of the vote after a 41 percent voter turnout, matching his total in the 2014 elections when he became Egypt’s first elected president following the Arab Spring protests.

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Baghdad to send Kirkuk oil through Iran

International | The move is a sign that Tehran is colonizing Iraq and squeezing Iraq’s Christian communities
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/20/17, 05:35 pm

IRAQ: Baghdad is looking to send its Kirkuk oil to export markets via Iran instead of Turkey—one of the clearest signs Tehran is colonizing Iraq in the wake of liberation from ISIS. That colonialism is “also squeezing Iraq’s Christian communities today,” wrote Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn.

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Globe Trot: Norine Brunson meets Secretary Tillerson in Turkey

International | Will the State Department push for her husband’s release?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/31/17, 04:38 pm

TURKEY: No less than seven Turkish newspapers covered yesterday’s meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Norine Brunson (yes, it did happen!), wife of imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson.

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