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This Father’s Day, I hope President Biden pushes for my father’s freedom in Egypt

  • Published On August 5, 2021
  • By Mohamed Soltan

Mohamed Soltan is a human rights advocate and founder of the Freedom Initiative. Last Father’s Day, my wife told me I was going to be a father while we sat in front of the reflecting pool in Washington, D.C. I felt the budding excitement of starting a family as we embraced and shed happy tears. …

What Saudi Arabia’s sham Khashoggi verdict means for Arab dissidents

What Saudi Arabia’s sham Khashoggi verdict means for Arab dissidents

  • Published On December 30, 2019
  • By Mohamed Soltan

Mohamed Soltan is a human rights advocate and founder of the Freedom Initiative. The conclusion of Saudi Arabia’s secret trial into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an abhorrent miscarriage of justice that capped a tumultuous and disturbing ordeal. Any casual observer would have anticipated the Saudi monarchy acting as it has in the past, without the …

How a Coup Can Destroy a Family, and How a Family Can Heal

How a Coup Can Destroy a Family, and How a Family Can Heal

  • Published On January 22, 2019
  • By Mohamed Soltan

I always admired my uncle Anas, my mom’s youngest brother and a general in the Egyptian police. He helped shape my sense of justice and discipline. When I was growing up, I had nothing but respect and admiration for him and his work fighting bad guys. Throughout his career — and unlike many of his …

If it weren’t for John McCain, I’d still be in an Egyptian prison

If it weren’t for John McCain, I’d still be in an Egyptian prison

  • Published On August 31, 2018
  • By Mohamed Soltan

Mohamed Soltan is a human rights advocate and founder of the Freedom Initiative. I woke up a few days ago to a voice mail from my mother in Egypt consoling me about the loss of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Later in the same day, I received two text messages from contraband phones in Egyptian prisons: …

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