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Coptic Blogger in Egypt Threatens Hunger Strike

Others | 10 November 2009
ISTANBUL, November 9 (Compass Direct News) – A Coptic Christian blogger in Egypt held in prison for more than a year without charge said today he will go on a hunger strike unless authorities grant his next application for release. .. More

Binding,coherent system

Others | 9 November 2009
Will the anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in Egypt,whether it is on a limited or a large scale,solve the accumulated problems of this country of 80 million?The names of the outgoing ministers or of those taking the oath are not as important as the presence of a well-.. More

How can religion not have played a part?

Others | 8 November 2009
When Marx described religion as the opium of the people, he was expressing a 19th-century view of the effects of Christianity on the working class. Like many secularists, Marx believed that turning to religion for consolation was both an expression of real suffering .. More

Problems on hold:No licence required

Youseef Sidhom | 7 November 2009
Among the worst and most painful of the Coptic grievances are those pertaining to the curtailment of their rights to adequate, legal places of worship. The scarcity of permits to build churches drives .. More

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Others | 7 November 2009
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It’s a simplistic, often flawed, and yet pervasive ideology. To me, it seems the only logic – if such a word can be used – reasoning behind Morris Sadek’s argument in his latest blogumnist post here on Bikya Masr, where he outlines Jewish-Coptic common roots, and the official position of the National American Coptic Assembly on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It makes for grim reading... More

Egyptian Political System and Copts

Others | 4 November 2009
Egypt has a unique political system and language. The system is made to serve the regime’s purpose inside the country as well as its relationship with the international world. Egypt became a republic after the 1952 coup, as in any republic system the president has to be elected among others who are bidding to lead the country. Citizens vote for the candidate whose promises meet their needs... More

Does Gamal Mubarak live in Egypt?

Others | 3 November 2009
When Mohamed Hassanein Heikal recently announced his suggestions for transferring power away from President Hosni Mubarak, it seemed to send ripples through stagnant waters. .. More

Divergent reactions to NDP congress

Others | 2 November 2009
PRESIDENT Hosni Mubarak 's address at the 6th annual congress of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)was highlighted in yesterday 's press.However,comments on the congress agenda and key addresses of the party leaders varied widely between semi-official .. More

Jews, Arab Muslims in the same boat

Others | 1 November 2009
Some readers did not accept my argument that Jews, like Arab Muslims, are the victims of racism and xenophobia inherent in the West. I discussed that argument in my comments on the results of the .. More

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