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US academic and former diplomat denied entry to Egypt Friday for 'security reasons'

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Dec 2014
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Michele Dunne senior associate in Carnegie’s Middle East Program (Photo: carnegieendowment.org)
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Local authorities denied a US researcher entry to Egypt after she arrived at Cairo International Airport on Friday, reported state news agency MENA, stating that Michele Dunne was refused entry for security reasons.

Dunne, a senior associate in the Middle East Programme of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former US diplomat, came to Cairo from Istanbul Friday and flew to Frankfurt shortly after she was denied entry to Egypt.

Dunne stated in a tweet that she had come to Egypt by the invitation of a "pro-government group", in order to attend a conference, referring to the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. 

In a phone interview with satellite channel Al-Hayat 2, Ameen Shalabi, the executive manager of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, said Dunne was invited on the principle that it is important to have a dialogue with those "who don't understand Egyptian conditions."

Dunne has been critical of the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and subsequent political developments in Egypt.

MENA described her as an "American activist" who the national security apparatus has banned from entering the country.

Shalabi added that Dunne was invited to listen to the objective opinions of numerous Egyptian experts, and said he feared that the refusal to allow her entry, especially given that she was the only critical researcher out of 20 invited to the conference, would make her more aggressive in her criticisms of Egypt's post-Morsi roadmap.

Dunne's research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as US policy in the Middle East, according to her institutional biography.

 
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D. Jackson
14-12-2014 04:49pm
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Dear fellow commentators
Dear fellow commentators, I feel shocked by the amount of hatred shown here towards foreigners who come to Egypt. This great nation has been in regular contact with foreign scholars and scientists for millennia. Egypt has always blossomed most when there was regular exchange with people from other countries as it is to the benefit of all. Besides that it is a core principle in science to discuss with those who do not share your opinion. Without open discussion no progress is possible in science and society as a whole. This fact is also known by the organizers of the official conference where Mrs. Dunne was invited to attend and participate. Given the official invitation, this case of denial of entry is even more astonishing. Lately it seems that while engaging in the domestic 'war on terror' Egyptians become more and more hostile against foreigners. This sentiment is also shown by the absurd conspiracy theories of mortal enemies like Iran and Israel together conspiring against Egypt
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Allen
15-12-2014 06:29am
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Oh please Mr. Jackson.
Politics is not a science. Sadly, that has never stopped those who are grappling for credibility, to hide behind the fallacy of being "Political scientists".
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Samantha Criscione
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The Carnegie Endowment has conducted a criminal offensive against the Egyptian people
The Brotherhood's 2011-2013 campaign to hide their clerical fascist and terrorist nature, presenting a warm, cuddly fake-democratic face in the Western media (for example, their op-ed pieces in the New York Times), was developed under the Carnegie Endowment's tutelage. This campaign was intended to lull Western citizens, making it politically possible for foreign governments to support the Brotherhood's takeover of Egypt. In "1984" style, the name 'Carnegie Endowment for Peace' stands in direct opposition to that organization's true purpose, which, in the Middle East, is to promote the clerical fascism of the Brotherhood and also of the Iranian mullahs. Carnegie operatives, of whom Michele Dunne is a leading example, have continued 'advising' (directing?) the Brotherhood during its ongoing campaign of terror against Egyptians. Egyptian security forces deserve much credit for keeping these deadly operatives, disguised as 'researchers' or 'activists', out of Egypt. -- Samantha Criscione
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Nile Man
13-12-2014 11:37pm
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Applying for a Visa
Why did she fly all the way from New York to Cairo, Egypt without a Visa? She could have easily went to the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC to apply for a Visa to see if she would be granted entrance to Egypt before flying all the way to Egypt. Unless she wanted to put pressure on Egypt by showing up suddenly at Cairo Airport without a Visa ???
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zakki
14-12-2014 06:30pm
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Visa at the Airport
Its normal for foreigners to buy Visa at the Airport, no one do it by the Embassy...
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Werner Gessner
13-12-2014 10:22pm
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American activist
Reading the Bush atrocities report and brutal handling of people... are you sure...Dunne's research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as US policy in the Middle East, according to her institutional biography. Egypt has brilliant people too and don't need foreigners to run their business.
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Gamila Radwan
13-12-2014 09:39pm
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Does it really make a difference?
Dunne doesn't attract attention for pointing out what governments do right, well unless it is the US government. Regardless of what she might have heard, she has emotionally invested, and made a claim to fame off of embracing the "junta coup narrative". She also has a personal bone to pick with Egypt since her husband Charles Dunne was part of the NGO issue in 2012. She has left herself no room to adjust her viewpoint, regardless of the facts. Think of her as a restaurant critic who has ordered a 7 course meal, ate it all and then refuses to pay the check because the meal wasn't satisfactory. This is a case of you are damned it you and you are damned if you don't.
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HamzaShoiba
13-12-2014 03:07pm
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Arrest these so called activists
Egypt doesn't need any of these parasites. We the people have full faith on Military and let our glorious army deal with these people and their collaborators with iron first.
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jb
13-12-2014 05:08pm
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Gee, can you even name a single "collaborator" with Carnegie? Nah... But hey, don't let me stop the ridiculous spin popular in Egypt now that alleges the Turks, Iranians, Israelis, UK, and US conspiring together to undermine po lil' Egypt.
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