Masked gunmen attacked the car of Egypt’s central bank governor this morning, shooting dead an armed police guard in an incident highlighting security problems gripping the country two years after the 2011 uprising.
Egypt’s bond rating was cut for the fifth time in two years by Moody’s Investors Service, pushing government debt six levels below investment grade on concern over International Monetary Fund loans and political unrest.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded signs of political opening in Myanmar, highlighted the first free elections in Egypt and deplored worsening abuses in Syria in presenting the State Department’s 2011 review of human rights conditions around the world.
The U.S. State Department plans to spend $19 million to help dissidents bypass Iranian and Chinese Internet censorship, including distribution of new technology dubbed “slingshot” that circumvents firewalls in those countries.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today released a report on the state of religious freedom around the world, highlighting Iraq as among the worst offenders in failing to punish violence against non-Muslim minorities.
Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident whose flight to the U.S. in April roiled U.S.-China relations, said iPhone-maker Apple Inc. should take a more outspoken role criticizing China for its one-child policy.
China’s struggle to contain its biggest political shakeup in two decades may give the Obama administration an opening to resolve the case of a blind activist who reportedly fled to the American embassy in Beijing.
Middle Eastern protesters calling for greater freedom, economic opportunity and meaningful political participation have the potential to improve human rights in that region and beyond, according to a State Department report released today.