Egyptian blogger, Kareem, lost his appeal (via Michelle):
An Egyptian appeals court endorsed a verdict sentencing a blogger to 4 years in prison on charges of insulting Islam and the president.
Judicial sources said Monday an appeals court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria approved the verdict issued last month against 22-year-old Abdul Karim Nabil Amer. He was convicted on charges of "ridiculing Islam and insulting" President Hosni Mubarak.
Arrested last November, Amer is the first blogger to be sentenced to prison in Egypt.
Since 1979, Egypt has received an average of over $2 billion a year from the United States.
In the past, issues like democracy and economic reform were of secondary concern to policymakers looking to shore up a friendly government. Support for Egypt jumped after it made peace with Israel in 1979.
However, US policy has changed since 19 hijackers demonstrated that bolstering stable, pro-American, but undemocratic regimes in the Middle East affected America's security. The ringleader and four of the 9/11 hijackers were Egyptian.
In 2002, the US National Security Strategy articulated a new aid doctrine, saying that money should go to "countries whose governments rule justly, invest in their people, and encourage economic freedom." (my emphasis)
Tell that to Kareem.
Yes, they should. What we can do is contact our representatives in Congress. Find your Senator here and your Representative here. Please call, write or email. There is an incredibly brave young man in Egypt who needs our help.