US Aid Keeps Egyptian 'Dictator' in Power, Analyst Says

The U.S. government’s economic and military aid to Egypt, which it has been giving to the African country for 35 years and amounts to USD60 billion to date, has helped keep President Hosni Mubarak in power for nearly three decades, an Egyptian-born American analyst says.

“That aid keeps the totalitarian regime in power,” says Ramez Naam, a fellow at the nonprofit Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

“The US has done this for clear reasons. Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize and make peace with Israel. For that, Egypt is rewarded with aid. In addition, Egypt is a key military partner,” he writes in a piece published in the organization’s website.

The U.S. government’s call for elections and political reforms in Egypt “ring hollow” as the donor nation gives the African state USD2 billion in annual aid, according to Naam, a recipient of the 2005 H. G. Wells Award for Contributions to Transhumanism.

Naam urges the U.S. government to “stop placing military alliances, access to economic resources, or even peace treaties above the spread of the principles of liberty and self-determination.”

“In the long run, encouraging democracy – through free and fair elections, through personal freedom of expression, through the establishment of a free and uncensored press – is the best foreign policy investment any free nation can make,” he explains.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.