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Egypt Mubarak-era minister claims US tried to hijack January 25 revolution
Speaking at the trial of a group of foreign NGO workers, Fayza Aboul-Naga accuses Washington of manipulating the revolutionary situation in Egypt for its own interests
AFP, Monday 13 Feb 2012
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Fayza Aboul Naga
Fayza Aboul Naga, Egypt's International Cooperation Minister.

An Egyptian minister widely seen as the driving force behind trials of foreign pro-democracy activists, including Americans, told prosecutors that the United States tried to hijack the country's revolution, official media reported Monday.

International cooperation minister Fayza Aboul-Naga, one of the few remaining ministers from ousted president Hosni Mubarak's government, made the accusation in statements to investigating judges in October, the official MENA news agency reported.

The impending trials of 44 activists, including 19 Americans, have deepened a rift between the traditional allies, with the State Department hinting that the crackdown could jeopardise American aid to Egypt.

Aboul-Naga said "the January 25 revolution came as a surprise to the United States, and it slipped from its control when it transformed into a people's revolution."

"That was when the United States decided to use all its resources and instruments to contain the situation and push it in a direction that promotes American and also Israeli interests," the agency quoted her as saying.

MENA reported that a judicial investigation into the funding of several civil society groups found that the United States had diverted aid promised for infrastructure to the NGOs.

Cairo prosecutors backed by police in December stormed the offices of the US-funded International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House as part of a probe into the NGO's alleged illegal foreign funding. They were among 17 offices of local and international NGOs raided.

The crackdown was part of a wider campaign by Egypt's military rulers to silence dissent after months of criticism of its human rights record, analysts said.

The ruling generals, who took charge of the country after an uprising forced president Hosni Mubarak to resign a year ago, traditionally had close ties with the United States, the Egyptian military's most generous foreign benefactor.

The aid workers are accused of "setting up branches of international organisations in Egypt without a licence from the Egyptian government" and of "receiving illegal foreign funding."





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mido12345
14-02-2012 02:59pm
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you are doing a great job minister fawza. Long live EGYPT Long live EGYPT
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Klaus
14-02-2012 01:46pm
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old hat
Whenever a dictatorship comes under pressure, they always blame "foreigners" for their problems, nothing new here.
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Ansari
16-02-2012 08:46am
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Klaus, Whenever a dictatorship comes under pressure, who is dictator now. Minister has experience in both administrations, the past dictator had really given full hand to Americans and its cohorts Europeans to do what they liked. She experienced Americans and Europeans actions and behaviour in the past and now. She is very right in her assesment and judgement. You live in a Lala land.
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patkar
14-02-2012 01:45pm
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what if
Abul Naga , an aging woman, and a former assistant for Boutros Ghali when he was general secretary of the UN, never forgave the United States for not giving her boss a second term. she is revengeful and nothing else. Why did she stay put when serving the previous regime? She could have lost her job… again.
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Munir Ahmed Khalili
14-02-2012 08:04am
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Ugly Game of the NGOs
In the Muslim countries we find numerous NGOs funded and patronised by the Westerns, particularly the Americans. These are the tools, used to create the troubling aymosphere in the Muslim countries.
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Ansari
14-02-2012 01:50am
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US tried to hijack January 25 revolution
I totally agree with minister Fayza Abul Naga. I really do appreciate for taking a firm stand on this illegal NGOs issues. This is not the first time US tried to hijack people's revolutions, they did in 1979 in Iran, recently in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya. US is using every legal and iilegal means to discredit the Egyptians sacrifises and efforts. It supported and still supporting dictators of GCC, and other African countries.
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Kevin
14-02-2012 04:26pm
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Spread some of the blame...
You make it sound like the USA is doing this all by itself. Did you read this line in the article

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