NGO trial, Cairo, March 8, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

NGO trial, Cairo, March 8, 2012 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

Council on Foreign Relations, by Isobel Coleman:

… Sherif [Mansour] will stand trial alongside another American, Robert Becker, who worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and with a similar sense of responsibility for the Egyptian members of NDI’s staff, refused to leave with the other American NGO workers.  As Becker said in a recent interview, “Captains stay with their crew.”

 

Reflecting on his work in Egypt, Becker emphasized NDI’s transparency and nonpartisanship, explaining that he and his team gave democratic training to “three to four thousand political activists all over the country,” ranging from the Freedom and Justice Party (Muslim Brotherhood) to the labor- and youth-oriented April 6th movement…