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50. AWR Daily Overview, March 15, 2012: Coptic leaders lash out at Hirābah law as “relapse into Medieval Ages”

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50. AWR Daily Overview, March 15, 2012: Coptic leaders lash out at Hirābah law as “relapse into Medieval Ages”
Date of source: 
March 15, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Coptic leaders rejected the draft law on Hadd al-Hirābah (punishment for brigandage) forwarded by Salafī member of parliament ‘Ādil al-‘Azzāzī, criticized it as “relapse to the Medieval Ages” and affirmed that they will not allow to have it passed at the People’s Assembly. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 15, p. 7] Read original text in Arabic

3. Egyptian Politicians, Religious Leaders React to Pope Shenouda's Death

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3. s Leaders React to Pope Shenouda's Death
Date of source: 
March 17, 2012
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Egyptians across the country, both Muslim and Christian, are reacting with sadness to the death of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Shenouda III, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88 following a long battle with illness, according to state television and cathedral sources.

- Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, praised Shenouda’s status as a respected national figure, remembering his support of Palestinian rights and “vision towards Jerusalem.”

- The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohammed Morsi, expressed his condolences and praised Shenouda’s “long patriotic history and contribution to the nation.”

- Mohammed Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, expressed support for Coptic Christians during their time of mourning, and called for Shenouda’s successor to be someone who can “keep promoting the sense of unity between all citizens.”

- Former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said Shenouda was a “good citizen and a valuable leader,” saying his memory will always “remain in our hearts.”

- Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic businessman and founder of the al-Masrayeen al-Ahrrar political party, said on his Twitter page that it was a “very sad day for Egyptians,” because “an icon of wisdom, intellect, and knowledge, a man of courage and honor is gone.”

- Hundreds of Coptic Christians, mourning and clad in black clothes, gathered outside St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Saturday to remember Pope Shenouda.

- Presidential candidates Ahmed Shafiq, Amr Moussa, and Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh also expressed their condolences in separate statements on Saturday.

- Egypt Independent notes that, as of late Saturday, the hardline Islamist Salafi movement or the Salafi Nour Party has issued no statements.
 

41. AWR Daily Overview, March 14, 2012: I will never allow fourth religion in Egypt, says hopeful ‘Awwā

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41. AWR Daily Overview, March 14, 2012: I will never allow fourth religion in Egypt, says hopeful ‘Awwā
Date of source: 
March 14, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Possible presidential candidate Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awwā said if he ever became president of the republic he will apply the Islamic sharī’ah on everyone, adding he will never allow a religion in Egypt other than the three divine ones – Islam, Christianity and Judaism. [Sarhān Sinnārah, Umnīyah Karīm and ‘Afāf al-Mi’addāwī, al-Akhbār, March 14, p. 5] Read text in Arabic

27. Marginalization of peoples

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27. Marginalization of peoples
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Date of source: 
December 8, 2011
Author: 
Dr. Bishop Yuhanna Qultah
Reviewer: 
‘Amr al-Misrī
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Dictatorship and despotic totalitarianism are no longer tolerable by the peoples because they simply marginalize them, stifle their voices and view them as slaves, not free citizens.

In a dictatorship, the leader drapes himself in a cloak of patriotism, depicts himself as the triumph, hope and even the whole nation and reduces its history into his own personal history.

Marking the Mediterranean Basin for many centuries, dictatorships spawn hypocrisy, strip the people of their dignity and freedom and bring about poverty and agony.

55. 'Amr Mūsá says that constituent assembly should represent all community sectors

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55. 'Amr Mūsá says that constituent assembly should represent all community sectors
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Date of source: 
March 4, 2012
Author: 
Karīmah ‘Abd al-Ghanī, Hasan Sa’d, Muhammad ‘Anaz and Jamāl Abū al-Dahab
Reviewer: 
Diana Maher Ghali
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Presidential hopeful ‘Amr Mūsá has said that the constituent assembly [charged with drafting a new constitution] should include all sectors of the community, such as men, women, Copts, Nubians, liberals and Islamists. Mūsá specifically mentioned that there should be representatives from Sinai in the assembly.

 

29. AWR Daily Overview, March 13, 2012: Jamā’ah says non-Muslims may apply their own religious laws

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29. AWR Daily Overview, March 13, 2012: Jamā’ah says non-Muslims may apply their own religious laws
Date of source: 
March 13, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Dr. ‘Isām Dirbālah, the chairman of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah’s shūrá council, has set six key principles he said would be governing the new constitution, including the rights of non-Muslims to have recourse to their own religious laws. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

19. AWR Daily Overview, March 12, 2012: Ire inside church over presidential candidate

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19. AWR Daily Overview, March 12, 2012: Ire inside church over presidential candidate
Date of source: 
march 12, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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A state of disgruntlement was sparked among a number of Coptic Orthodox bishops who were absent from last week’s meeting at the Saint Mark Cathedral to discuss names of possible presidential hopefuls and others to represent the church in the constitutional assembly, according to a source inside the church who refused to have his name mentioned. [Ahmad al-Sa’dāwī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, March 12, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

41. AWR Daily Overview, March 9, 2012: Copts thank murshid for being the first visitor to enquire after Pope Shenouda's health

Date of source: 
March 9, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Bishop Yu'annis, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III's secretary, said the visit by Dr. Muhammad Badī', the Murshid (Guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the pope after the weekly sermon on Wednesday (March 7) at St. Mark Cathedral was one paid by a "venerated personality we highly respect and appreciate". [Ahmad Habīb, al-Hurīyah wal-Adālah, March 9, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

7. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2012: GCOE chief collects approvals for presidential candidate Abū al-Futūh

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7. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2012: GCOE chief collects approvals for presidential candidate Abū al-Futūh
Date of source: 
March 11, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Dr. Sharīf Dūs, the chairman of the General Coptic Organization in Egypt (GCOE), embarked on collecting approvals from Copts nationwide to back the candidacy of Dr. 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh for the presidency. ['Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, March 11, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic

36. AWR Daily Overview, March 8, 2012: Presidential hopeful ‘Awwā says Christians are partners in the nation

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36. AWR Daily Overview, March 8, 2012: Presidential hopeful ‘Awwā says Christians are partners in the nation
Date of source: 
March 8, 2012
Author: 
'Amr al-Misrī
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Christians are partners in the nation and must enjoy their rights and do their duty toward Egypt, rejecting quotas for Christians in parliament and public positions and calling for efficiency to be the criteria regardless of religion. [‘Abd Ilāh Muhammad, al-Akhbār, March 8, p. 6] Read text in Arabic

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