Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Associate Professor Of History discussed on BBC World Service


Egypt appears to have failed in its attempts to block the broadcast of an interview by the American television network CBS with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi among other things the sixty minutes program special features, the president talking about his covert military cooperation with Israel CBS says it has refused to pull the interview and will broadcast later today. L Aryan is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University. I asked him what the AGIP shin leader said in this interview that led to his own government's concerns. There's a question here of the fact that he's planning to multiple audiences said, so one of the revelations, of course, was Egypt's very high level military cooperation with Israel, which I think initially perhaps that that that CC believed that this was going to be something that would endear him and his regime in particular to western leaders and policymakers and at the same time, this is something that could kind of jeopardize some of his popularity back home. And I think as a result perhaps they wanted to walk back some of those statements, then of course, there was the other question regarding the plight of political prisoners in Egypt. I think the the number of sixty thousand was quoted in the interview. And so there there was this question of, you know, whether they're even our political prisoners, of course, something that the regime completely denies, but which is so well. Documented by Human Rights Watch. And so many other organizations that have been keeping tabs on the very widespread repression in Egypt ever since the coup of twenty thirteen that brought CC to power in the first place. And so I think these were at least two of the major revelations that have come across so far in this interview before it even aired. He also spoke about the crackdown that was launched after he led the military's overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in two thousand thirteen. Yeah. So there was this was the robot massacres, it's become known. And this was following six weeks. Sit in by protesters who oppose the military coup. Of course, if you remember this was at the time when there was still the Egyptian uprising the revolution. That was being attempted to transition the country to democracy away from the thirty year dictatorship hosting Mubarak. And of course, the military coup. Signalled an end to that process and signalled a return back to the kind of authoritarian dictatorship that were trying to move away from. And part of that crackdown involved a really violent massacre in which over a thousand injections were killed at two different locations in Cairo and the break-up of that city, and of course, has has marked this regime as being the bloodiest that Egypt's long history of terrorism at least in terms of a single day death toll. And of course, this is something that has been very meticulously documented and recorded in a number of different reports. So we have one interview three big bombshells dropped in that interview. What explains it was was he simply unprepared does presidency. She have a history of saying surprising, things and interviews. Well, I think the real issue here is not so much cici's lack of media savvy as as much as it is really thinking in terms of the choice of venue because I think if we look back not that long ago just last spring, sixty minutes did a similar kind of sit down this time. It was with. Hamad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and if people go back and watch that interview is actually quite celebratory. I think to a certain extent it's possible that CeCe was expecting similar treatments in this interview, where they would simply a celebrate, you know, whatever he he believes his achievements to be, but beyond that, I think also he's never really shown any kind of accurate in terms of dealing with the media. He doesn't have a very strong presence. And for that reason has really kind of shied away from from being very particularly public with his presidency. That was Abdullah Al area. He's an associate professor of history at Georgetown University in Qatar South Korea has one of the fastest growing computer game industries in the world over half the population play such games, but this rapid growth of video game appreciation comes with its own set of problems around one in seven school age. Children are thought to be at risk of becoming addicted to such games prompting the government to look at different ways of treating the problem from Seoul, our correspondent. Laura bicker reports. In South Korea, many kids don't want to be sporting legends. Or rockstars? They want to be professional gamers. Hundreds cram into fully equipped games rims known as PC bans in this arena. You can become a.

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