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This article details the trial and background of the three men charged with perpetrating the shooting in Nag Hammadi on the Coptic Christmas Eve.  
On 25 May 1980, the great shepherd Pope Shenouda III ordained the first Bishop for Youth, His Grace Bishop Moussa. This article outlines the work of Bishop Moussa over the past 30 years. 
Summary: This article outlines two distinct cases of Coptic oppression during the reign of Mubarak, although many in the government believe that the Coptic rights issue has improved since his presidency.
This article outlines the issue of religious veils in Europe and the supposed danger they pose to the society.
Should the One Thousand and One Nights be banned? A Cairo conference debates the issue. A number of Lawyers submitted a request to have the latest edition of the Thousand and One Nights banned because they viewed it as immoral. Intellectuals and cultural figures rally against this ban, upset by...
This article outlines the importance of the coming year in the political climate of Egypt. All houses of Parliament and presidential elections will take place, and it should be an important part in the lives of all Egyptians. The author also compares voter turn out in Egypt to many other countries...
Anba Barnaba, Bishop of Rome, talks to Watani about the Copts in Italy and those in Egypt. He speaks of immigration, integration, discrimination, and the Egyptian nationality for all Copts.
This article deals with the issue of Houses of Worship. There is no unified law concerning the building of churches in Egypt currently, and Copts have been rallying behind this issue in recent times. A recent court ruling in Egypt stated that mosques are for the public benefit, and so there was no...
This article details the state of democracy in Egypt through the work of the Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement (EACPE) in their third annual report titles “Democracy status in Egypt 2009.” It was found that Egypt was lacking in the international democratic standards...
This article outlines a number of different discriminatory statements and issues brought up against Copts in Egypt. Firstly are the statements made by Mohamed Abbas who recently said that Copts are coddled by the Egyptian government and are treated better than Muslims when both are in prison. He...
/*-->*/ This article by Watani gives a brief overview of the new book by Talaat Radwan /*-->*/ entitled "Egyptian Culture and Religious Fundamentalism before and after July 1952."
This article outlines the difficulties faced by two brothers raised as Christians, but with a Muslim father. The boys’ mother helps them with a lawsuit to keep their religion, but it seems they will be forced to convert to Islam.
This article outlines Sidhom’s concerns regarding the 2010 report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) in relation to sectarian incidents in the past two years. He criticizes the report for not giving enough viable ways in which to alleviate the current situation of sectarian...
This article is a review of the life and work of Watani’s founder, Antoun Sidhom.
On April 8 Tariq Ramadan delivered his first public address in the U.S. since the Bush administration revoked his visa in 2004. Ramadan in known for his ability to speak favorably to both leftists and Islamists. However some have derided Ramadan as much more radical than he initially appears. ...
Two trials related to the recent Nag Hammadi incident have been adjourned. The first trial involved three suspects in the shooting the other involved Girgis Baroumi Girgis—the man accused of provoking the incident by raping a 12 year old Muslim girl. Girgis’ defense team had requested that the...
Last week, Samy Aziz Fahmy a young boy about to turn 18 disappeared from Semesta, Beni Suef.    On his 18th birthday it was announced that he had converted to Islam. The conversion sparked demonstrations from both Muslims and Copts in the area which resulted in sectarian violence. The validity of...
Youssef Sidhom continues to review the “Sectarian violence throughout two years”, recently issued by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). On the whole the EIPR concludes that the state has no clear means to control these incidents, for the government denies that sectarian violence...
 Nader Shukry reports on the release order issued for 19 detainees who were imprisoned following protests after the Naj‘ Hammādī incident. Defense lawyers, however, are pessimistic of a swift release in spite of the order.
 Nader Shukry reports on the holding of the Arbaeen mass in memory of those killed in the Naj‘ Hammādī incident, also mentioning protests around the world – including in Downtown Cairo – speaking out against sectarian violence.
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