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Sisi on big-screen monitor listening as John Kerry delivers remarks to Egyptian development conference at the Congress Center in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, March 13, 2015. Wikicommons/State Department/ Public Domain.

When Giulio was murdered, it had a profound impact on me and others not just because of the shocking injustice, but also because it tore down the illusions of our own defences.

Send them to Egypt

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Sisi on big-screen monitor listening as John Kerry delivers remarks to Egyptian development conference at the Congress Center in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, March 13, 2015. Wikicommons/State Department/ Public Domain.

When Giulio was murdered, it had a profound impact on me and others not just because of the shocking injustice, but also because it tore down the illusions of our own defences.

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Send them to Egypt

When Giulio was murdered, it had a profound impact on me and others not just because of the shocking injustice, but also because it tore down the illusions of our own defences.

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