Mohammed Ali, who has fled to Spain, says Egypt’s military owed him more than $13m for building projects and says billions of dollars have been wasted due to corruption by Sisi and top army officials.
Autocrats have often used the facade of democracy to give their hold on power a veneer of legitimacy.
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the death of Mohamed Morsi are symbols of an age where ruling through force invites no accountability and in turn, is rewarded.
Sisi overthrew Egypt’s only democratically elected president in a military coup in 2013 and then imprisoned him until his death.
Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi buried in eastern Cairo's Medinat Nasr under heavy security, his lawyers say, a day after his death inside a court following years of worst detention conditions.
Most world powers have aided or stood by silently as revolutions have been crushed across the Middle East and North Africa but the people's desire to rid themselves of tyranny is still alive.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's brand of rule thrives on chaos and perceived threats.
Hussein was arrested in December 2016 without trial or charges. His release was confirmed by his daughter.
If the so-called 'Deal of the Century' goes through bearing any resemblance to the details that have been leaked - it won't be the first time the region's borders have been drawn with complete disregard for the region's inhabitants.
The Trump administration is conducting its foreign policy at the behest of other governments, and it makes the world a less democratic place.
The Trump administration's move towards labelling the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation is a culmination of the marriage of counter-revolutionaries in the Middle East and the far-right in the West.
The organisation started as a response to British imperialism in Egypt but is today a loosely-knit and pragmatic network of Islamic organisations that advocate reforming societies and governments to be in line with Islamic values.
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