46. Powerstruggle in Egypt on the expense of Egyptian citizens

Who will be Egypt’s next president? Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Mursī or the representative of the old National Democratic Party, Ahmad Shafiq? Both claim victory. Mursī has claimed victory from the first minute that the polling stations closed on June 17. How he could know this? I don’t know. While votes were counted claims from both parties that they had won the elections flew around. Until June 18 at around 15.00 hrs. Since then claims from both parties have ceased. They have been told to wait until the official announcement on Thursday, June 21 – if this comes and is not postponed. Many people fear the announcement of the next president will turn into fights. One MP who wanted to remain anonymous even told me he fear that it could turn into a civil war. That is how serious and deep the divisions are.

45. Rumored US support for Mursi/Muslim Brotherhood

Many Egyptians believe that the US supports Mursī and the Muslim Brotherhood in being the next president and forming the next government of Egypt.

As a US-born American, I have always loved my country, but I have seldom been a fan of US-government foreign policy in the Middle East whether manipulated by the Republicans or Democrats.

59. An American Priest in Cairo

Cornelis Hulsman, Editor-in-Chief AWR: We are very pleased that Douglas May started working with CIDT as international coordinator and financial manager on February 1, 2012. While Doug was appointed due to his financial skills and experience, he also has an excellent background in Muslim-Christian dialogue. His having worked with AWR cofounder Father Dr. Christiaan van Nispen sj for more than a decade has also been a definite plus in his work with us. CIDT agreed that Doug may contribute to the blog of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA, www.cnewa.org). His blogs will be republished in AWR with credit given that he first published them for CENEWA.

 

23. Election Outcome: Confusion, fear for violence, and a military takeover

The presidential elections committee stated yesterday, June 17 that the results of the presidential elections will be announced on Thursday, June 21. Yet, both presidential candidates, Muhammad Mursī and Ahmad Shafīq, have claimed victory, both claiming to have received between 51 and 52 percent of the vote. These conflicting claims have resulted in confusion with supporters of both candidates believing that “the other” must be cheating. Ahmad Sarhān, spokesperson for Ahmad Shafīq, accused the Brotherhood of trying to create a "fait accompli" and of risking confrontation on the streets "when official results declare Shafīq to be the winner".

44. Egypt’s Hard Choice; The second round of presidential elections

[Editor-in-chief Cornelis Hulsman: we received this analysis from a friend of Arab-West Report. It is an interesting analysis but I do not fully agree and made my remarks in the text below.

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On June 14th Al-Misrī Al-Yawm reported that on June 13th tensions between Christians and Muslims flared-up in al-Sawāqī, a district in the Upper Egyptian town of Luxor, after one Muslim man allegedly verbally harassed a Christian woman. A group of Christian men reportedly retaliated by beating the Muslim harasser who was sent to a hospital after subsequently sustaining several injuries. According to Al-Misrī Al-Yawm, “dozens” of Muslim men in turn began targeting and throwing rocks at Christian individuals and Christian-owned shops.

 

On June 4, Raymond Ibrahim, sent out news with the title “Graphic Video: Tunisian Muslims Slaughter Convert to Christianity.” Ibrahim’s warning that the video is immensely graphic is certainly true. The description of the Arabic text is mostly but not entirely correct. Here lies the problem. Was the young man slaughtered really a convert to Christianity? Dutch Arabist Eildert Mulder does not believe so.

During the past few days some groundless rumors held that General Ahmad Shafīq made it to the runoff round against the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursī thanks to Copts’ votes.

 

On April 26, 2012 Jihad Watch published a text of Raymond Ibrāhīm entitled “Muslim Persecution of Christians: March, 2012” which earlier had been published by the Gatestone Institute on April 25, 2012. Raymond Ibrāhīm, a Christian born and raised in the United States of America by Egyptian parent, wrote about a Muslim attack on a Christian school in Aswan, a harsh sentence for a Christian accused of disdaining Islam, the abduction of Christian children for ransom in al-Minya governorate and the verdict against the priest from al-Mārīnāb, Minya.

 

Al-Misryūn newspaper commented on the visit by Maj. General ‘Umar Sulaymān (the former vice president and excluded presidential candidate) to the Saint Mark Cathedral on April 14, 2012 to offer Easter congratulations to acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius and condolences over the death of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III. [John ‘Abd al-Malāk, al-Misryūn, April 15, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

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Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization (EUHRO) head Nagib Gabriel is slated to hold a conference with President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss the situation facing Christians in Egypt following the beating and detainment of Copts in Al-Minya.

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Sidrak was elected Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria January 15, 2013. A youthful, 59-year-old theologian who studied at Rome’s Gregorian University, he leads a minority within Egypt’s Christian minority. He’s trying to find a way to stand firmly on shifting ground. 

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WHEN protesters successfully called for the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi last year, their rhetoric played on fears that Egypt’s first democratically elected president and his Muslim Brotherhood were seeking to turn the country into a theocracy. Yet 14 months on, religion and politics are as interwoven as ever.

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CAIRO — Egypt’s government has launched a new movement against Salafist figures in the country, in line with its policy to manage mosques and marginalize preachers affiliated with certain religious political groups. The government had focused on dismissing any preacher suspected of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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It’s not every day that a pope comes to Edmonton.

Edmonton’s Coptic Christians packed a Mill Woods church Wednesday night for the arrival of Pope Tawadros II.

The 61-year-old Egyptian pontiff arrived shortly before 8 p.m. for a two-hour visit. Along with a procession and a tour, Tawadros gave a sermon on prayer and handed out pictures to roughly 800 members and visitors who packed the gym at St. Mary and St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.

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