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-....
[AWR: this interview was recorded, transcribed and translated by Diana Maher Ghali]
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.
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?
In post-Revolutionary Egypt the government is in a weakened state with little or no capacity to enforce laws. Many citizens have chosen to take advantage of this power vacuum to construct churches, mosques, and other buildings in their villages. This article highlights construction in several villages in Upper Egypt--some of which was done with a permit and some without.
In this follow-up interview with leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, Sameh Naguib, we talk about Al-Sisi's Egypt, the new alliance around the general, what challenges face opposition parties and movements and the future of Tahrir Square ( long interview, October 24, 2013)
RB: Well a lot has happened since the last time we met, Sameh. How have you been and what is life like for the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt?
SN: It is more difficult than any of us can ever remember, and one of the most difficult aspects is the fact that the majority of left wing and liberal intellectuals are completely in support of Egypt’s military leadership, 100 percent.
RB: This is a rather strange definition of left liberals, isn’t it?
CAIRO — It took only minutes for activists to witness Egypt’s controversial new protest law in action on Nov. 26. After warnings issued through loudspeakers, police forces used water canons and tear gas to disperse two separate protests in the downtown area , beating some with batons and fists, and arresting more than 50.
The first arrests came just after 2 pm, when police reportedly told protesters outside the Journalist’s Syndicate downtown that their demonstration to mark the first anniversary of the death of activist Gaber “Jika” Salah, 16, was illegal according to a new law issued on Nov. 24 by interim President Adly Mansour.
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries
CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) -- Three months after the Egyptian Army liberated Delga from militant Muslims, Islamists and criminals are terrorizing Christians in other towns across Egypt, human rights activists said.
According to the Middle East Correspondent of Morning Star News (http://morningstarnews.org), Islamists in the towns are again charging Jizya, a Koranic fine on non-Muslims also known as the “submission” or “humiliation” tax, after a lull following the retaking of Delga on Sept. 16, said human rights activists within the country. In several towns across Egypt, Muslim extremists and criminals have set up a cottage industry persecuting Christians for profit, the activists said.
CAIRO — Sinai novelist and activist Mosaad Abu Fajr was jailed for nearly three years under the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak for his campaign “Wedna Ne`ish” (We Want To Live), which protested issues faced in the Sinai and among the Bedouin community. Today, he is one of 50 people on a committee amending the 2012 constitution , drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists.
This week, Fajr stormed out of a committee session when it appeared clear that a majority was voting in favor of an amended article that allows civilians to be tried in military court — a controversial amendment to Article 174 added since the July 3 military-backed ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi.