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Does prayer need a licence?

Youseef Sidhom | 31 October 2009
Readers who followed last month’s four editorials on the grievances of the Copts of Maghagha and Adawa in Minya, Upper Egypt, will have found no difficulty in spotting the root of the persecution and .. More

The Revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood (26)

Others | 31 October 2009
The Liberation Rally was initially intended to mobilise popular support for the Revolution regime by co-opting student leaders and workers. Riding the national wave and in order to attract the broadest possible base, it called for the unconditional withdrawal of the British forces from the Suez Canal zone, self-determination for Sudan, the .. More

Why Are Egypt's Liberals Anti-Semitic?

Others | 28 October 2009
Western delegates to the Cairo congress should know about the country's Judeophobia Later this week, Egypt will play host to the 56th Congress of Liberal International, which bills itself as the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic parties. Among the nearly 70 .. More

Can Anyone Stand in the Way of Gamal Mubarak?

Others | 26 October 2009
On Wednesday, state security forces raided the offices of a coalition opposed to President Hosni Mubarak’s son’s bid to take over from his father. The Egyptian Campaign Against Presidential .. More

Deeds not words

Others | 25 October 2009
Much to the chagrin of street children, their sufferings are getting worse, while non-governmental organisations (NGOs) allegedly concerned about the welfare of these weak members of society talk endlessly about their future.. More

Problems on hold:Pulling down Coptic houses

Youseef Sidhom | 24 October 2009
I am in the fourth week of reviewing the grievances of the Copts of Maghagha and Adawa in Minya, Upper Egypt—grievances that are typical of Copts anywhere in Egypt. I had begun by reviewing their suffering .. More

The 6th anniversary

Others | 24 October 2009
The man who spoke when most people, out of fear fell silent, when the Copts were in desperate need for someone like him to speak out. Dr Shawky "Fel-Samim" فى الصميم July 92 .. More

Has Canada lost its mind?‏

Others | 21 October 2009
Should Canada start to educate Muslims on how to kill Christians?Islam teaches to kill Christians and now Canadians will pay 13 millionto make sure the job is done correctly by paying for Islamic .. More

Equality, a word or a meaning

Others | 20 October 2009
When I searched for the meaning of "human rights" and "equality" in English dictionaries I found masses and loads. I found that the rights of any person, whether male or female, white or black, deaf, .. More

Can Egypt protect its Copts?

Others | 19 October 2009
You may not expect it from the clergy, but a Belgian priest is proposing that, with plummeting church attendance and the recession, some of the country's 4,000 churches – especially those "only .. More

Problems on hold:Mosque: yes…church: no

Youseef Sidhom | 18 October 2009
This article is the third in a series which tackles the grievances of the Copts of the parish of Maghagha and Adawa in Minya, Upper Egypt—grievances typical to Copts in Egypt across the board. The first two articles dealt with the humiliating problems they face .. More

The Revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood (24)

Others | 17 October 2009
Implicating General Naguib In the course of their trial, Ikhwan leaders had implicated the President of the Republic, General Mohamed Naguib, in the plot to assassinate Prime Minister Gamal Abdul Nasser. It is, however, doubtful that the General, who had earlier been 'kicked up' by Gamal .. More

Time to Act Like a President!

Others | 17 October 2009
Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting .. More

Removing the veil

Others | 14 October 2009
IN the midst of the intense uproar over the niqab (full- face veil),the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar,Egypt 's top Muslim cleric,has come under fire for ordering a schoolgirl to remove her niqab and .. More

A wise initiative

Others | 13 October 2009
The Government has disclosed a wise initiative to encourage university and school leavers, who are willing to abandon forever the classic dream of hoping for very poorly paid jobs in .. More

Does he deserve the prize?

Others | 12 October 2009
“Dynamite and prizes - those are the two things that Alfred Nobel left behind one century ago”, wrote Abeer Saedi of Al-Akhbar semi-official newspaper, yesterday, commenting on President Barack .. More

Mixed responses to Obama's Nobel

Others | 11 October 2009
A collective 'Oh!' echoed around the world after US President Barack Obama was selected as the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. In Egypt, veteran journalist Mohamed Fouda of Al-Messa evening .. More

How can you stop the violence in Egypt?

Morris Sadek | 10 October 2009
It is very hard to believe that in the 21st century, security and equality for Christians in Egypt is still a dream. The Copts are the largest minority in the world without rights!.. More

Problems on hold:Persecution of Copts

Youseef Sidhom | 10 October 2009
Last week I tackled the grievances of the Copts of the parish of Maghagha and Adawa in Minya, Upper Egypt, regarding the building and renovation of places of worship. I cited two cases of flagrant.. More

Changing its mind

Others | 7 October 2009
THE Government 's enthusiasm for privatisation,in order to offload State-owned factories and companies,seems to be waning. Several landmines have inevitably exploded in the face of the .. More

Israeli war crimes report on hold

Others | 6 October 2009
"THE Palestinians and Arabs have the full right to be angry at the UN Human Rights Council's decision to postpone debating the report of Judge Richard Goldstone that accuses Israel of committing crimes against humanity during its war on Gaza," Ibrahim Se'da wrote in Al-.. More