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35. AWR Daily Overview, December 26, 2012: Church: Vice-president attack on Pope is “political failure”

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35. AWR Daily Overview, December 26, 2012: Church: Vice-president attack on Pope is “political failure”
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December 26, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The Coptic Orthodox Church denounced the statements of ‘Imād ‘Abd al-Ghaffūr and calls it a “political failure”.

‘Abd al-Ghaffūr, vice-president, had accused Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of planting fanaticism in the Church and called his era “secluded”. [Rānīyā Nabīl, al-Sabāh, Dec. 26, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

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31. AWR Daily Overview, December 19, 2012: Copts in Dayrūt under threat, why Coptic areas have approved the draft constitution in the 1st round, allocation of seats in Shūra Council to be announced

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31. AWR Daily Overview, December 19 , 2012: Copts in Dayrūt under threat, why Coptic areas have approved the draft constitution in the 1st round, allocation of seats in Shūra Council to be announced
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December 19, 2012
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Shabana Basheer
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‘Izbit al-Najārīn, an area belonging to the Masārrah village of Dayrūt, and home to 3,000 Copts, has been under threat from a gang led by a man named Jabrūt K ("J.K."). The gang has been threatening to kidnap villagers’ children if they do not pay ransom money. The situation began at the beginning of December, after the leader of ‘Izbit al-Najārīn was ordered to pay LE 30,000 under threat of having his house blown up. He believes that the village is being targeted because its residents are vulnerable Copts (Su’ād Ahmad, Al-Watan, Dec. 19, p. 11). Read original text in Arabic

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26. AWR Daily Overview, December 27, 2012: Abū Ismā’īl announces electoral alliance, will name his new party within hours

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26. AWR Daily Overview, December 27, 2012: Abū Ismā’īl announces electoral alliance, and name of his new party in hours
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December 27, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The electoral alliance announced by Hāzim Salāh Abū Ismā’īl includes al-Ansār Party, al-‘Ummah, al-Sha’b, and al-Nūr al-Jadīd. He will announce the partners of his new alliance and the name of his new political party within hours. This alliance is considered the largest Salafī alliance (Mahmūd Gharīb, al-Misrīyūn, Dec. 27, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic

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25. AWR Daily Overview, December 17, 2012: Copts on the verge of hell

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25. AWR Daily Overview, December 17, 2012: Copts on the verge of hell
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December 17, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Mahmūd Hishlah wrote an article in al-Hurīyah wal-‘Adālah entitled, “Copts on the verge of hell”. He wrote that the Church today is trying to “build on the edge of a wrecked cliff [politics] that is not fit for elevation”. The former Pope (referring to the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III) dealt with Anwar al-Sadāt (late Egyptian President) regime that ended up with him banished from the Papal seat (referring to year 1981 when Sadāt ordered Pope Shenouda into exile at the Monastery of Saint Bishoy (Dayr al-Anbā Bīshūy); he was then released in 1985 by Mubārak), which is expected when a spiritual institution like the Church violates the Bible and work in politics (Mahmūd Hishlah, al-Hurīyah wal-‘Adālah, Dec. 17, p. 15). Read original text in Arabic

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6. Beware the Lebanonisation of Egypt!

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6. Beware the Lebanonisation of Egypt!
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December 23, 2012
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Youssef Sidhom
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By the time Watani reaches its readers on Sunday morning, the Egyptian people would have had their say on the draft constitution. If the draft is approved, Egypt would go on to elect a new People's Assembly; if it is not, we go back to Square One where a new Cosntituent Assembly is chosen and a new constitution should be drafted.

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55. Protest and Prayer in Egypt

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55. Protest and Prayer in Egypt
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December 22, 2012
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Jayson Casper
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Rarely has a constitution so divided a nation. Protests, both for and against and sometimes violent, have filled the street. Egypt’s Christians, meanwhile, are caught in the middle. Though united against the proposed draft, their responses have varied considerably.

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9. AWR Daily Overview, December 9, 2012: 3 Churches in Egypt criticize upcoming constitutional Articles

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9. AWR Daily Overview, December 9, 2012: 3 Churches in Egypt criticize upcoming constitutional Articles
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December 9, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Upon the decline of the Coptic Orthodox Church to join the dialogue initiated by President Muhammad Mursῑ after several of the Constituent Assembly members have withdrawn, Archpriest Angelious Ishāq, spokesman of Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, stated that the Church is not rejecting a meeting for dialogue, but it (the Church) rejects a meeting that would lead to no results. [Ahmad al-Sa’dāwῑ, al-Shurūq al-Jadῑd, Dec. 9, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic 

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18. AWR Daily Overview, December 18, 2012: Copts in Dayrūt fear attacks; Church denies accusations of mobilizing members to vote against draft constitution

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18. AWR Daily Overview, December 18, 2012: Copts in Dayrūt fear attacks; Church denies accusations of mobilizing members to vote against draft constitution
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December 18, 2012
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Shabana Basheer
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Copts in Dayrūt of Asyut Governorate are terrified following repeated attacks by groups of thugs.  In one instance, in Masārrah village (Dayrūt), thugs demanded payment from Copts, threatening to kidnap their sons, seize their land, and rape their women if they refused to pay. Human rights activist ‘Izzat Ibrahīm said that the people of Masāra initially paid the thugs because they feared for their lives, but were unable to continue paying. A report on the attacks notes that the security forces have not taken steps to arrest those responsible and that many people have been forced to leave their homes (Mājī Jamāl, Al-Sabāh, Dec. 18, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic

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32.AWR Daily Overview: December 4, 2012: Azhar, Church against politicizing faith

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32.AWR Daily Overview: December 4, 2012: Azhar, Church against politicizing faith
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December 4, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Grand Shaykh of the Azhar, Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, launched yesterday a new initiative to reunite the political powers and end the state of division among the political parties and their polarizing the Egyptian street after it was announced that the referendum over the draft constitution is scheduled for Saturday (December 15). [Marwah al-Bashῑr, al-Ahrām, Dec. 4, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic

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4. AWR Daily Overview, December 16, 2012: The first phase of Egyptian constitutional referendum

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4. AWR Daily Overview, December 16, 2012: The first phase of Egyptian constitutional referendum
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December 16, 2012
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Jeanne Middelstaedt-Rizkallah
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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St Mark the Apostle, cast his ballot in  al-Waylῑ polling station  (Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, Dec. 16, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic

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