|ARAB WEST REPORT|
Today, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the Sea of St. Mark and Head of the Institute of Coptic Studies announces the start of the International Congress of Coptic Studies, “Future Aspirations”, which will take place 5-7 December at the Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church in ʿAbbāsiyya on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Institute. Many important personalities are going to participate at the opening ceremony, for example Dean of the Institute, Dr. Sāmī Sabrī, the heads of the Egyptian churches, ambassadors of some Arab and western countries, vice chancellor’s of Egyptian universities, prelates and bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church as well as President-elect of the International Society for Coptic Studies, Prof. Dr. Jacques van der Vliet and last but not least a representative of the World Council of Churches General Secretary. The activities of the Congress will include lectures in all fields of Coptic Studies, such as Coptic arts, history, music, literature , language, manuscripts and Coptic papyri.(Ashraf Sādeq, al-Ahrām, 5 December 2014).
During a speech delivered at the “Egyptian Woman: steps towards the parliament“ program, former Egyptian Minister of Communication and Media Affairs, Dr. Durriya Sharaf Ad-Dīn, expresses her concerns about the upcoming Egyptian Parliament, which – as she thinks – is going to be one of the most worrying parliaments throughout modern Egyptian history. She says that there are lots of Egyptian laws, which need to be applied and improved. She continues her speech by describing the low proportion of seats held by women in the Parliament – which is about 2% – to be an absolute disgrace for Egypt considering how much women have given to the country. Nevertheless, she wishes the upcoming Parliament fortitude and being equal to its responsibilities. (Zaynab al-Qorashi, Al-Wafd, 3 December 2014).
During the first annual conference of the Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights under the title “The roles and responsibilities of refugees in Egypt”, Head of the Association of Egyptian Female Lawyers, Rābha Fathī, gave a speech on how her Association helps female Syrian refugees by giving them legal awareness and assisting them through cases of marriage, divorce or determination of paternity. The Association has reached many Syrian women everywhere and provided awareness about the dangers of illegal immigration and illegal marriage. Furthermore, a small network of social Egyptian cooperatives has been set up to train Syrian females on crafts and organizes small credits for them. Fathī also mentioned some problems concerning the cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which – according to her – shows deficits within its communication with civil organizations and in its presence in various Egyptian governorates.(Tāmer Kamāl and Amāni Nāsif, Al Bawābba News, 3 December, 2014).
In the world of journalism, ethics is not always prevalent. That is why it is so important that the media watch organizations such as iMediaEthics and Arab-West Report that are critical of media for violating principles of good and ethical media reporting.
Egypt's Ministry of Interior stated that they had cracked down on two terrorist cells of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Monufia Governorate north of Cairo.