Part 1 of 2 In Egypt, the Copts are being denied access to certain high positions, deprived from the freedom to build new churches, and suffering from increasing suffocating fanaticism from all directions.      
 A conference on the “Role of the universities, NGOs, the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the media, in preserving Coptic antiquities during the period from 1976 to 2009” was recently held in Cairo. The conference was organized by the Italian Institute for antiquities and restoration in...
 Reports released by international and domestic organizations have shown Egypt to be among the top corrupt nations on earth. However shocking this may sound, bribing civil servants has become the norm in Egypt. In its Global Corruption report 2009, Transparency International attributes Egypt’s...
Thousands of Copts from Maghāghah and al-Adawa in Minia, Upper Egypt, staged a sit-in at the bishopric grounds in Maghāghah last Monday to protest what they saw as unjust, humiliating treatment at the hands of Minia governor Ahmad Dīyā’ al-Dīn. Heading the protest was Bishop Aghathoun, Bishop of...
Over a series of four editorials printed last October, I tackled the practices exercised by Minia local authorities against the Copts in the governorate. A file I had received from the bishopric of Maghāghah and Adwah in Minia was packed full of details that could be described as collective...
 “For Egyptians, football is the ‘essence of life’,” says Fathī al-Gizāwī, a café owner in Giza. Even with the Egyptian team no longer in the 2010 World Cup, the event carried special importance for Egyptians. But how is it possible for Egyptians to watch all 64 games when subscription to the...
Fanatics lose one round; Nūr Qaldas; Watani Printing and Publishing Corporation; Cairo; June 2010
As the Coptic Museum in Cairo turns 100 years old, this article reflects on the museum’s history, collections, and features. It also highlights the museum’s centenary celebration, which was attended by Grand Mufti ‘Alī Jum‘ah, as well as Egyptian actor ‘Umar al-Sharīf. In addition, the article...
Columnist Barry Rubin provides his own analysis of the recent poll by the Pew Foundation regarding Middle Eastern attitudes toward Islamist groups. The poll claims that 30% of Egyptians support Hizb Allāh, 49% are favorable toward Hamas, and 20% think positively of al-Qā‘idah. According to Rubin,...
This article highlights an interview between Radio Vatican and Father Rafīq Greish, a spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, who speaks about the state of Egyptian Christians during the past months. Greish discusses the ‘Umrāniyyah riots against the construction stoppage of an unlicensed church...
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