Giulio Regeni - the secret case
A year ago, on February 3, 2016, the passengers of a minivan on the busy highway between Cairo and Alexandria found the body of a man in a ditch on the side of the road. The corpse, naked from the waist down, bore the signs of brutal and unrelenting torture; the face deformed and swollen by a severe beating and the burns of electric shocks.
Next to it lay a military blanket. Whoever had dumped that body had chosen a peculiar location. Less than two kilometres away, on that same desert road, several watchtowers guard the perimeter of a base of Egypt's security services.
Giulio Regeni was a 28-year-old student at Cambridge University who had disappeared from Cairo nine days earlier, on the fifth anniversary of the revolution that in 2011 ousted long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak.
That day, the city was locked down, the military and the intelligence services were patrolling all the major landmarks and people were keeping indoors for fear of the random arrests by the secret police.
New Appointed Minister of International Trade of Canada
Chrystia was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale. Between November 2015 and January 2017, she served as Canada’s 18th Minister of International Trade.
An esteemed journalist and author, Ms. Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. After her two years at UWC Adriatic she received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.
After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including U.K. news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of the FT Weekend Magazine and editor of FT.com. She served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001 before becoming deputy editor and then U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.
THE WALL OF SHAME
Walls between countries are nothing new. The Romans built Hadrian’s Wall about 120 years after the birth of Christ to protect the Roman province of Britain from the heathens who lived in what is now Scotland. And let’s not even talk about the Great Wall of China, the construction of which began hundreds of years before that.
But wait, a wall to separate the Palestinian refugees’ camp from the rest of the world?
This is inconceivable. However, it is happening. The Lebanese government decided to build this wall and they have started the construction process.
As if one wall in Palestine is not enough.
They did not take in consideration that there are nearly 120,000 Palestinian refugees living in this camp. In addition to the high number of Palestinian refugees from Syria who still pour in, every day, and have reached a staggering population of 12,000 inside the camp’s borders. Those people are squeezed into just 1,500 square meters (less than one-tenth of a square mile). The Lebanese government did not really take in consideration that these people will just suffer more and more.
But the question is, why? Is the camp that dangerous?