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Better late than never

Youseef Sidhom | 16 May 2010
Talks about the upcoming elections dominate the major part of local news. As in sports, a ‘warming up’ process is in session, in anticipation of the real game. Next month should see the mid-term elections of the Shura (Consultative) Council, the upper house of Egypt’s Parliament; next October the elections for .. More

Two more years of emergency

Others | 16 May 2010
CAIRO: Blatant discrepancies between appearance and reality are the stuff of tragedy. And what happened at the Egyptian People’s Assembly last week is nothing short of tragic... More

Father Zakaria Botros: Threatened into Silence

Coptsunited | 12 May 2010
The renowned Coptic Christian priest Father Zakaria Botros was scheduled to speak in Vienna tonight, but the atmosphere created by Muslim threats was such the event had to cancelled... More

The law in the hands of the judges

Youseef Sidhom | 9 May 2010
I am not about to tackle court rulings or to criticise them. The judicial authority warrants all due respect and reverence; and there are legal, well established routes to follow if one is to question or contest a ruling. I am just about to comment on a few rulings which appear revolutionary in concept but, even .. More

Who Can Mock This Church?

Others | 9 May 2010
Maybe the Catholic Church should be turned upside down. Jesus wasn’t known for pontificating from palaces, covering up scandals, or issuing Paleolithic edicts on social issues. Does anyone think he would have protected clergymen who raped children?.. More

To eradicate sectarian violence

Youseef Sidhom | 2 May 2010
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights’ recently-issued study on “Sectarian violence throughout two years” has been the subject of a thorough review which I presented to Watani readers in the last two editorials. I reviewed the various patterns of sectarian violence cited in the study, as well as the typical .. More

Obama Backs Down on Sudan

Others | 2 May 2010
Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.
Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. .. More

An Islamist in Professor's Garb Returns to America

Others | 25 April 2010
A capacity crowd of 860 students, professionals, hijab-clad women, and others filled Cooper Union's Great Hall on April 8 to hear Tariq Ramadan deliver his first public address in the U.S. since the Bush administration revoked his visa in 2004. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally intervened to allow Ramadan to enter the country... More

Why Iceland’s Minor Volcano Is Causing Major Disruptions

Others | 25 April 2010
As volcanoes go, the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull on April 13, won't make the science books. Though scientists haven't yet been able to gather enough information on the eruption to give it a score on the Volcanic Explosivity Index — which ranks volcanic events on a 1-to-8 scale — it's unlikely to score .. More

Freedom of religion in the prison of discipline

Dr. Naguib Gibraeel | 22 April 2010
Article 18 of the international Declaration of Human Rights states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom to express his belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance, whether in secret or with the Community" .. More

Two years of sectarian violence

Youseef Sidhom | 18 April 2010
“Sectarian violence throughout two years” is the title of an eminently significant and serious study published this month by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). The EIPR is an Egyptian NGO that monitors the situation of freedoms—especially religious freedoms—in Egypt, and issues quarterly .. More

The man of Taqia,Ramadan Comes to Cooper Union

Others | 18 April 2010
Last Thursday evening, April 8th, the vaunted hero of the American Left and the denizens of the “politically correct” intellectual enclaves made .. More

NHS relax superbug safeguards for Muslim staff.

Others | 12 April 2010
Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed for religious reasons to opt out of strict NHS dress codes introduced to prevent the spread of deadly hospital superbugs... More

Problems on hold:It took four years

Youseef Sidhom | 11 April 2010
In the space of a single week one fortnight ago, the Shubra Misdemeanours Court of Appeals issued two successive rulings acquitting two priests of the charge of carrying out unlicensed .. More

The Power of the Resurrection and the Joy and Evangelism of the Martyrs

Others | 4 April 2010
Today we rejoice as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who by His death trampled down death, and bestowed eternal life upon those in the tomb. At the beginning of this year, the Church offered a group of righteous martyrs in Nag Hammadi. We pray .. More

Joy of the Resurrection

Youseef Sidhom | 4 April 2010
Today is Easter Sunday. Today we honour the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His triumph over death. Humankind has been forever liberated from subjugation to death and a new covenant of Grace has .. More

Attaining the Resurrection

Others | 4 April 2010
On this glorious day, as we commemorate the blessed Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I would like to extend my hearty wishes to all, praying to the Risen Lord to grant us His Resurrection and make it real in our life. .. More

Tolerating the intolerant

Coptsunited | 30 March 2010
The Copts, Egypt's indigenous Christians, like many other Eastern Orthodox Christians, celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar. The midnight mass and Christmas day are joyous celebrations for Egypt's Christians, as they are for Christians around the world... More

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Regime: The Test of Parliamentary Elections as a Condition for Political Transition

Others | 28 March 2010
The parliamentary elections due to take place this year represent a crucial juncture in the future of political life in Egypt. The previous round of elections (2005) confirmed the division of the political landscape .. More

The Real Dream Team

Others | 28 March 2010
Went to a big Washington dinner last week. You know the kind: Large hall; black ties; long dresses. But this was no ordinary dinner. There were 40 guests of honor. So here’s my Sunday news quiz: I’ll give you the names of most of the honorees, and you tell me what dinner I was at. Ready?.. More

Problems on hold:By right-of-reply

Youseef Sidhom | 28 March 2010
I have made it a rule never to get dragged into futile arguments or wars of words. But I hope it is obvious that the right-of-reply rule stipulated by the journalist code of honour includes the right of comment by the editor. .. More