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Problems on hold :Holding the Copts hostage

Youseef Sidhom | 20 December 2009
Last week I wrote commenting on the caustic response of our media to the Swiss ban on building minarets. Even though I am absolutely against the curtailment of religious freedom in any way, I made it clear that Egyptians are in no position to criticise the Swiss since Copts in Egypt are treated far more .. More

Disappearance of Churches of the Middle East, a Tragedy for Christians and Muslims

Others | 20 December 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has called synod of the churches in the Middle East for an October 2010. Preparation for this event requires understanding .. More

The Minarets of Switzerland - The nation's decision.

Ezzat Boulos | 13 December 2009
The Islamic world received the Swiss people's decision to ban building minarets over mosques with denial and a great refusal for the voting results. Switzerland is one of the nations that is considered a symbol .. More

Problems on hold :In the aftermath of the Swiss ban

Youseef Sidhom | 13 December 2009
The Egyptian and Arab response to the Swiss ban on building minarets is still raging in the media. The majority of media persons have gone into paroxysms on the issue, with only a few pens or voices .. More


Mark Harding | 13 December 2009
You know it?s all right to rip and wale, but it is said that actions are worth much more than words. Why is it that in 2003 I try and tell the truth about Islam on a radio station on CFMU 93.3 FM, only to have the radio station pull the entire show off the air why? Because the Muslims complained and no one says iggy boo. I have a copy of the entire show if any one CARES... More

The Minarets of Switzerland - The nation's decision.

Ezzat Boulos | 11 December 2009
The Islamic world received the Swiss people's decision to ban building minarets over mosques with denial and a great refusal for the voting results. Switzerland is one of the nations that is considered a symbol of welfare, civilization and tolerance. So what lies behind this vote.. More

A vexed question

Others | 8 December 2009
The government's reported intention to turn the in-kind State subsidies on baladi bread (flat rounds made with fortified flour), which has been maintained for more than four decades, to in-cash .. More

Problems on hold :Worse than the Swiss ban

Youseef Sidhom | 6 December 2009
Some two months ago I met in Cairo a group of Swiss media persons who were preparing a TV programme on Christianity in the Middle East. It was normal that our conversation would run on the theme of freedom of belief in Egypt, especially regarding the freedom to conduct religious rites and build churches. .. More

Breaking a vicious circle

Others | 6 December 2009
The promotion of scientific research has today become a persistent demand, as reiterated by the intelligentsia as well as by State officials. Putting aside financial matters, there seems to be a vicious circle that has to be broken at one point in order to reach such a goal... More

Just readings and thoughts in the decision of the Swiss government

Others | 6 December 2009
Beginning with a phrase to be said to stop any of those hunt in swamp water as we refuse and deny the decision taken by the Swiss government to ban building minarets over the mosques that are newly built. If there is a banning decree it shouldn't be applied on all the cases but it .. More

Europe's call to intolerance

Others | 3 December 2009
My question for Switzerland and other European countries enthralled by the right wing: When did Saudi Arabia become your role model? Even before 57.5 percent of Swiss voters cast ballots on Sunday to ban the building of minarets by .. More

A Joyful Celebration

Others | 2 December 2009
The writer tends to believe that a joyful celebration is held in heaven on November 24th, 2009 – Hathor 15th, 1726 A.M. on the Coptic calendar- for the beloved of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saint Menas (285-309 A.D.). Copts all over the world join this joyful celebration for the 1700th anniversary for the .. More

The days of rage

Others | 1 December 2009
I have previously written during the crisis of Abu Fana monastery in Minya governorate, and the trail to bury three monks alive, or to force them to pronounce the two pillars of faith of confession Islam so they .. More

The Real Reason Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Others | 30 November 2009
In the run-up to talks with Iran last month, many in Europe and the United States asked whether Iran would, or even could, come clean on its nuclear activities. Should the West trust Iranian promises? The short answer is "no." But the underlying question is "Why not?".. More

Problems on hold:Extremism on the street

Youseef Sidhom | 29 November 2009
Last week I wrote about the booklets which are distributed to pedestrians or commuters in town free of charge, and which brim with material that strongly promotes fundamentalist, extremist thought. According to the information cited in a sample booklet which I tackled, it was printed in a printshop in Alexandria. I can vouch that the booklet was printed under.. More

Hood shooter: terrorist or victim?

Others | 29 November 2009
This past Thursday 13 American Soldiers were killed and another 30 wounded at a horrific mass shooting at US Army installation, Ft Hood Texas. As I watched in horror and then anger I recalled my two years of final service in the Army as a Battalion Commander at Ft Hood, 2002-2004. .. More

Death for being a Christian

Others | 29 November 2009
A 15-year-old Egyptian girl, Dina el-Gohary, has written an emotional appeal to President Obama asking him to use his influence to save her father, Maher el-Gohary, who is being persecuted for his beliefs. "Mr. .. More

A grave situation

Others | 26 November 2009
THE Egyptian nation should appreciate President Hosni Mubarak 's warning that an ever-increasing population is slowing down the immense efforts being made to enhance the economic,social and health.. More

Avoiding the Egypt-Algeria crisis

Others | 25 November 2009
Let's think about the events that followed the Egypt-Algeria soccer match in Sudan differently from the discourse that is now taking place in Egypt... More

Football hysteria

Others | 23 November 2009
In the early 1970s, I was an editor in the research department of el-Gomhoreya newspaper. We were cramped in a small room and were often visited by the paper's major writers when they came to submit .. More

Opposition chiefs disgrace themselves

Others | 22 November 2009
Heads and senior members of opposition parties have disgraced themselves by announcing that they are looking for suitable nominees for the next presidential elections in Egypt. Being a matter of urgency, .. More