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Date of interview: October 26th, 2014
Attendants: Bishoy Tamri [Bīshūy Tamrī] and René Witteveen
Location: a café near Talʿat Harb square in Downtown Cairo
Interviewer: René Witteveen
RW - René Witteveen
BT – Bishoy Tamri [Bīshūy Tamrī]
MYU – Maspero Youth Union
CYF – Coptic Youth Front
NDP – National Democratic Party
SCAF – Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
TA – Teaching Assistant
AUC – American University in Cairo
January 12, 2015 - The Bishopric of Public Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) programme is the public services branch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt. It is funded by a variety of donors including the Dutch Church Kerk in Actie. During his internship in September-November 2014 Jonathan Vink was requested to join a representative of the BLESS programme and write a series of blog posts about their programmes in Merinab, Ezbet Rafaiel, Kafr Youssef Salama, Ezbet El Eslah and Hud El-Hinna.
January 11, 2015 - An opinion piece on the Paris terror attacks on the French satirist magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked on January 7, 2015 by two armed gunmen wherein 20 people died in four seperate locations. Cornelis Hulsman (Editor-in-chief): The attack in Paris was an act of terrorism. Nothing justifies taking away lives of people, even if one believes they were offensive. Offensives should be responded to in non-violent ways only. The terrorists achieved what they wanted. They killed people who offended their religious beliefs. The response is in deeper division between peoples of different religions and cultures in society. That makes us all losers. Don’t let terrorists draw us in such polarization. Khaled Hassan has been working with us since October 2014. We did not ask him to write a contribution for Arab-West Report. This came spontaneously from his heart and we fully support the views he is expressing here. It is absolutely terrible what happened but don’t give in to polemics. Reject all violence and keep communicating!NOTE: This piece has remained unedited to remain true to the author's wording and emotion.
January 11, 2015 - Water security has become an increasingly important topic in the development and stability of many countries, especially in the developing world. Three years ago Ethiopia began construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (herein referred to as the Renaissance Dam). The Renaissance Dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile, which supplies 85 percent of Egypt’s water. Previously, similar work has been conducted on the White Nile in Uganda, but that project’s purpose was the generation of electricity not the storage of water and thus it posed no real risk to Egypt’s sustainable water supply. Currently a rather delicate diplomatic siltation has developed between two of the countries that rely on the Nile. Egypt has requested that the Ethiopian’s halt progress on the Renaissance Dam until they are satisfied that their share of the Nile water flow is not diminished.
December 7, 2014 - Summary of lecture given by Prof. Abdullah Schleifer for September 2014 Monthly Forum hosted by the Center for Arab-West Understanding.
Date of interview: December 11, 2014.
Attendants: Āndrawus Iwīdā, Constantine Bassilī (translator) Sherī Bassilī (translator) and René Witteveen
Location: At Āndrawus’ café in ‘Abbasiya, Cairo.
Remark: Mr. Ewida’s words were translated from Arabic to English by Constantine and Sherī Bassilī during the interview. In addition, this interview was not recorded. Consequently, Mr. Ewida’s words are based on the interpretation of translators and notes .
AE – Āndrawus Iwīdā
MB – Muslim Brotherhood
December 26, 2014 - Egypt is making headway in women’s political participation, but is it sustainable?
January 8, 2015 - Interview with Mina Nady, leader of the Maspero Youth Union's Organising Committee.
Date of interview: November 9th, 2014
Attendants: Mina Nady [Mīnā Nādī], Āramīah Wīlliam, Ra’id Sharqawī and René Witteveen
Location: A café near Masarra Metro station, Cairo
MN – Mina Nady
RS – Raid Sharqawi
AW – Āramīah William
MB - Muslim Brotherhood
January 5, 2014 - CAWU Researcher Rene Witteveen met with Mina Magdy, General Coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union on October 10th 2014.
December 24, 2014 - Dr. Rasmī ‘Abd al-Malak is advisor to the Center for Arab-West Understanding and the head of the educational committee of the Egyptian Family House [Bayt al-Eila], an independent institution created by government decree. It is run by the grand sheikh of the Azhar in partnership with the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, involving Egypt’s other Christian denominations as well.
The Family House is authorized to create branches in the governorates, so that the effort to protect and reinforce national unity between Muslims and Christians will be felt at the grassroots. But it is also authorized to interact directly with government ministers, so that their suggestions will be taken into serious consideration in the framework of national policy.
It is in this second capacity Arab West Report met with Dr. Rasmī ‘Abd al-Malak Rustum, who describes the work of the educational committee of the Family House in formulating recommendations to the minister of education. The interview was conducted on November 10, 2014, by Jayson Casper and ‘Adil Rizq Allah, board member of the Center for Arab-West Understanding.