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The Mortal Danger Of Being Egyptian In Libya

The Cairo regime is facing criticism after the ISIS beheading in Libya of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt. Too many poor Egyptians risk it all in search of work across the border.

On the Egypt-Libya border
On the Egypt-Libya border
Nadia Ahmed

CAIRO — After the release of a graphic video showing 21 Coptic Egyptians beheaded by ISIS terror forces, some activists are holding the Egyptian government accountable for the grim conditions faced by its migrant laborers.

In a post published on his personal Facebook page after the Sunday killings of the Egyptian Christian hostages, Mina Thabet, a researcher at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, argued the government was responsible for the murders.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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