Monastery of St. Makarios of Alexandria did not exist at all until 1960. Its monastic life was founded by Father Matta El Meskeen who abandoned Cairo following the orders of the late Pope Kyrillos VI. Matta El Meskeen then chose this area that he knows very well. With the help of one of the Bedouins, he found the big cave where he established the monastery. He suffered a lot with his monks to establish this monastery and live in it with very few food and transportation.
Last week I discussed (from my point of view) the word “external” aid and funds on the attack that took place on our armed forces, last Friday the 24th October 2014. Here my point of view means I did not relay on any official resources or public opinions, I just assumed and built my own private scenario and created my own story, based on well known facts or portions of information to build my story. I might with it had touched some true facts or future plans of Egypt’s real enemies, I might as well had gave ideas to those enemies, but for sure this as well should had been true vital warning of future risks our army and police force should seriously take in concentration and open our eyes for more atrocities towards Egyptians who fight for the survival of Egypt.
I look at recent news and see headlines such as, “73 referred to trial for burning church” or, “56 judges suspended from court” or even, “No agreements reached in Egypt.” All I see is Egyptian Authorities judging the guilty, but what I don’t seem to catch are actual decisions being made. How long will it take for these 73 church-burners to actually go to jail? Will these 56 judges eventually be allowed to practice their profession again?
Everyone is concerned about ISIS’ news in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is the abbreviation of the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”. The name is taken from a group founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq in 2004 to resist the US occupation. ISIS, is also known as Daash and developed significantly, especially after the establishment of the so-called Front victory in Syria, formed in militias under the name of the Free Syrian Army to fight against Bashar Assad's regime, They soon grew more and more powerful to become one of the most powerful factions within the FSA. Later, they announced the integration of al-Qaeda branch in Syria (Al-Nusra Front) to establish ISIS in April 2013, which increased its strength and population.
The Egyptian people witnessed very special relationship with the leader of the army, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. The relationship grew stronger after the revolution of June 30 since he didn’t withhold his effort, time or money. Only terrorism and conspiracies disturb the relationship between the president and the people.
When Einstein defined stupidity as repeating the same action expecting different results, he didn’t see the Egyptian police applying this rule concerning the bombing of Nahda Square, which was repeated twice in almost every single detail.
The officers didn’t learn from the mistakes of other officers serving at the same location and were targeted by bombs. They didn’t secure themselves and, therefore, can’t secure the people as well. They preferred to die instead of doing their job! What kind of negligence or madness is that?
When over 28 guys. Over 28 young men are blown away in cold blood we can only morn them, but we need a serious review to a lot of our policies, but first let us recap!
World wide news networks talked, and estimated that Egyptians Solders are the Number 1 not in force or technique or what so ever, but No. 1 in deaths due to terror attacks!
The last attack on the Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai aiming to destroy not the Egyptian Army but Egypt itself, it is the time to say to the terrorists that all Egyptian is Egypt’s Army. It is the time to put all our conflict a side and focus only on one thing which is fighting the terrorism.
The terrorism attack that happened in sinai showed without any doubt that the terrorists get some help from foreign elements, the way they did it seems very professional in doing terrorism attack.
The Parliamentary elections are at hand, and the Islamic currents are planning and working hard to incite sectarian strife. Since the crisis of Camellia Shehata and Wafaa Constantine, disappearances of Christian women happened on daily basis. Many people talk about their stories in the talk shows before they forget about them to be occupied with the next story, and so on. In the account of Jabal al-Tir, the lady disappeared and many Copts demonstrated demanding her return before they clashed with police and police attack their homes and demolish their household. This happened at the time the Copts in America were planning to support president al-Sisi in the United States.
Mr. President, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Egyptian armed forces.
Your Excellency on October 21 have inaugurated new units added to the Egyptian Navy, in order to add power to defend our country. However, during the celebration, you have broken the constitution and citizenship rules by handing the holy Quran to the leaders of the new units with the Egyptian flag. This religious touch to our navy came against the equal citizenship of all Egyptian citizens including the Coptic Christians.
Is there terrorism in Egypt? Since when? Does Egypt export or import terrorism? Is Egypt fighting terrorism seriously? Is there somebody to answer such questions?
Let me try to answer them starting from the seventies of the last century when I was introduced to politics that drove me crazy and will drive you the same.
Terrorism in Egypt started at the seventies of the last century and at higher rates than any other country. Almost every week we heared about a terrorist attack. Only Iraq, Syria and Yemen exceled Egypt later. Terrorism against the Copts comes under the auspices of the state.
This article is not a continuation of targeting the Coptic church as many people may think. It's rather a continuation to shed light on some mistakes committed by some of our spiritual leaders who don't seek the due advise by specialized consultants who are many among our Coptic people.
In a series of History articles I published over the past months some lessons extracted from that recent history, today I take a deeper look in to older history!
At school in school days the teacher of history would teach us geography as well in this geography I learned that Middle East was the following countries, west to east:-
But over the years those 13 countries expanded to include Bahrain, Emirates and Qatar, then more African countries -non speaking Arabic- were included however this is not the point, but the point is this important the important thing was this historical event upon the the first World War or WWI!
Here’s the problem in Egypt now: the electricity cut? Protest!!!!! You don’t like your schedule in the university and want an excuse to delay your studies? To Tahrir!!!! You think your wife cooked you bad meat? Gather the protestors and paint the signs!!! It doesn’t work like this. We can’t protest without trying to fix the problem with a mutual discussion first. What if the Government is trying their best to deal with the energy crisis in Egypt now? What if the teachers are coming to University and teaching as they’ve been taught? What if your wife just needs a recipe to follow to make the meat taste good?
In an interview with Al-Ahram newspaper on October 10, Egyptian actor Yehia Fakharani said that art may be Haram or Halal according ot the aim of it like a knife that cut and kill. I wonder how come a great actor like him who has been working for 30 years can’t judge art except through the religious concepts of Halal and Haram which can be easily manipulated by the fanatics who may prohibit it completely.
I can't understand men anymore. I've tried really hard, but I failed. He was so sad smoking his cigarette. "What's wrong with you?" I asked a friend.
I had a fight with my wife, He said. I wondered: So what?
She doesn't understand me? She's stupid and somber.
Well, what happened?
I regret I married her. I should have married my girlfriend, but she was too crazy for me also. She had too many friends and traveled a lot. Yet, my current wife is stupid and I don't even feel love her anymore.
What did she do?
If two people tell the same story in different ways, we usually believe those who have more credibility. Last week, journalist at Al Jazirah published accusations to the police in Masry al-Youm newspaper. Yet, he had more credibility than the police. Many people testified that he doesn’t belong to the Muslim Brotherhood and is not a liar.When police lie and fabricate many charges for innocent people, we should feel sorry. Of course, they were right few times, but in fact, they’re losing credibility. A journalist had written an article about police demolishing
The Copts have not yet fallen in the trap of the Muslim Brotherhood. I say this in the third anniversary of Maspero massacre when 24 young Egyptian people have been killed by the armored vehicles of their own country. Those Copts were demonstrating against burning the church of Marinab in Atfih.
An old movie of golden era in the movie industry called “Cairo 30” was rebroadcast recently, Cairo 30 means Social and political life in Cairo on 1930 that is 16 years short of a century ago! Obviously at 1930 the 1919 revolution was already over but from the dialogue of the casting crew you note a general dismay specially from the youth or undergraduates of universities or high schools! They criticised corruption in palace by the royals, parliament by parties and politicians, all feared the influence of the British occupying forces and authorities that used to dictate policies for the King to follow, Change the ministry cabinet if its head was anti-occupation or non friendly to the British forces and excites the people against them!
I’ve been reading alot of articles, and I mean alot, condemning the Government's’ action towards protestors. Amnesty International, especially, among others are throwing Sisi completely under the bus and saying that Egypt has to change and is falling back into old patterns, and should allow democracy as in all other countries in the West. Sisi made a speech, and they were disappointed. Sisi arrested protestors, and they were disappointed.
News media has converted people into animals who live in a circus. The poor animals are moved by their trainer to see and do whatever he or she wants. In fact, people have no choice anymore to pick up the news they want as they have to consume whatever presented by news media. However, have you ever thought about whom makes a decision to concentrate on or even ignore certain story or news? Indeed, it’s either authority or money.
The following video depicts the infamous Islamist Group, ISIS, attempting to sell girls off for sexual pleasure and slavery.