26. Christian youths’ protest movements!

Right after the January 25, 2011 revolution, several phenomena and attitudes that require in-depth studying floated onto the Egyptian political playground. As far the Egyptian general Christian affair, Christian protest movements have become a significant indicative example.

26. Is it true that 100,000 Copts emigrated in 2011?

This is a comment on an article with a similar title published on April 13 on a blog called “Salamamoussa. Reclaiming Egypt,” named after Salāmah Mūsá (1887-1958). He was a well-known journalist, writer, and advocate of secularism and Arab socialism who was born into a wealthy, land-owning Coptic family in the town of Al-Zaqāzīq located in the Nile Delta. I also commented on a previous article on American Copts, see: http://www.arabwestreport.info/year-2012/week-14/33-salamah-musa-coptic-....


48. Interview with ‘Abd al-Mun’im Abū al-Futūh, Presidential hopeful

 [AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]

32. Selecting the Next Pope: An FPA Press Conference with AWR

Near thirty journalists gathered at the Cairo Foreign Press Association headquarters to gain insight on the process involved in selecting a successor to the recently deceased Pope Shenouda. Arab West Report presented its research on the subject, accepting also further inquiries.

24. Eyewitness: Maspero

Which images and stories are to be trusted? Copts and Muslims being united in Tahrīr Square in January and February 2011? Coptic Orthodox Priest Father Yu’annis and Salafī Shaykh Hamdī cooperating in the Upper Egyptian village of Qufādah or those of October 9, 2011, with raging armored vehicles, mercilessly crushing and killing Coptic protesters? The images of burned churches? And what should be made then of the photos of Muslims protesting this outburst of violence against Christians?



Newsclippings from International Sources

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Clan Warfare in Egypt - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Given Egypt's brewing power struggles, the current state of relative calm should not be mistaken for progress, let alone stability.

Nearly five months after the uprising-cum-coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsy, Egypt is mostly calm. That might seem surprising, especially given the reemergence of hundreds-strong protests following the military-backed government's passage of a law restricting demonstrations last week, and the ongoing power struggle between the government and the Muslim Brotherhood, in which over 1,000 Morsy supporters have been killed. Just last week, Islamist protesters reached Tahrir Square for the first time since Morsy's ouster this summer. But this is also the way most of Egypt has been for the past three years: Like the old Microsoft Windows computer game Minesweeper, the most explosive tumult typically occurs in small pockets, leaving the rest of the country safe, tranquil, and at times eerily quiet.

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Security forces in Minya have arrested a correspondent working for an American TV channel, accusing him of inciting sectarian strife and broadcasting false news, state-owned news agency MENA reported.
Minya Security Chief Major General Osama Metwally was notified that national security sector and Minya Police Station’s criminal investigations officer had information about a correspondent working for an American TV channel who authorities accuse of spreading sectarianism in Egypt.
The 31-year old correspondent, only known as “Bishoy,” works for a religious channel owned by a Copt in the United States and authorities claim he is known for showing “inaccurate images of oppression” against Copts in Egypt. A camera and four USB flash drives in his possession were seized. A report was filed and prosecution was notified to conduct investigations.

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Students belonging to the opposition Muslim Brotherhood stand in a line in front of riot police during a protest against a military court's ruling in front of Cairo University.

Young Egyptian Islamists seeking a way to confront the military-led state are turning to the ideas of a radical ideologue who waged the same struggle half a century ago and later became a source of inspiration for al Qaeda.

The revolutionary ideas of Sayyid Qutb, a Muslim Brotherhood leader executed in 1966, are spreading among Islamists who see themselves in an all-out struggle with generals who deposed President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Their radical conclusions underline the risks facing a nation more divided than ever in its modern history: after Mursi's downfall, the state killed hundreds of Islamists, and attacks on the security forces have become commonplace.

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Excerpt from a larger article titled:

Muslim Persecution of Christians, September, 2013

After the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, when the Muslim Brotherhood incited its supporters to attack and destroy over 80 Christian churches, Muslim Brotherhood supporters began to extort money from Christians in Upper Egypt. In Dalga village, 15,000 Christian Copts were forced to pay this jizya—the additional tax, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically have to pay to their Islamic overlords "with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued" to safeguard their existence, in the words of Koran 9:29. In some instances, those not able to pay are attacked, their wives and children beaten and kidnapped. Some Copts were killed for refusing to pay. Authorities later identified a gang that specialized in overseeing operations to kidnap wealthy Copts in order to earn money.

(this article appeared identically under a few other sources)

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How to recognize an Egyptian activist

A taste of the kind of venomous, scurrilous attacks being launched all over the Egyptian media against the young people who made January 25, 2011 happen. This latest installment of our In Translation series is brought to you as always by the excellent translation service Industry Arabic. 

Characteristics of an Egyptian Activist, by Dandrawy Elhawary, November 23, El Youm El Sabaa

Political activists in Egypt vary according to gender. The male activist is unemployed, soft and effeminate, with long hair that is either braided or disheveled,  and he wears a bracelet and a Palestinian keffiyeh. He has a Twitter account, a Facebok page, likes to curse and use disgusting obscene expressions. He repeats slogans calling for a non-religious state, attacking heavenly religions and accusing them of being backwards and reactionary, and he defends the rights of sexual deviants.

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