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No matter what the outcome of the Qena governor predicament until these lines go into print, the core of this article remains true and pressing. The appointment earlier this month of a Coptic governor to the southern province of Qena provoked widespread demonstrations by hardline Islamist Qinawis....
As Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Christ… Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He launched a new era, an era of reconciliation and salvation, where the old things are done with and everything becomes new. It is an era in which man is released from retribution, and is consequently able to...
Here is the second episode in a dreadful series of events that appear to have no end in sight. We had thought that the 25 January revolution would open a new chapter in the relations between Muslims and Copts—given their obvious solidarity and sympathy all through the 18-day uprising.
 A major problem in Egypt is that the average Egyptian has an unfailing sense that official authorities have no better business but to lie in wait for any successful project or effort that the average Egyptian has achieved, ready to pounce and stamp it out at the first viable opportunity. It takes...
Egypt in its entirety stood horrified a few days ago at the Salafists in the southern town of Qena, who challenged the authority of the State and the rule of law and enforced hadds [Islamic penalty] on a Copt.    
This is the sixth year in a row that I write, following the conclusion of the annual parliamentary round, to comment on the failure of the Parliament to pass the unified law for places of worship. The lack of such a law, as any casual observer can tell, has been behind countless incidents 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...
Yūsuf Sidhum provides a contextual analysis of the recent attack on the Church of the Two Saints, Saint Mark and Pope Peter in Alexandria. He says that even though authorities suspect foreign involvement in the terror plot, the attack could not have been carried out unless the foreign groups in...
In this editorial, Yūsuf Sidhum comments on the outpouring of anger on behalf of many Coptic Christians following the attack on a church in Alexandria that left 24 dead. Sidhum alleges that this reaction comes not only because of the recent bombing, but as the result of a "long history of blatant...
Sidhum begins by summarizing President Husnī Mubārak’s recent speech before the commencement of the new parliamentary round. He provides a largely positive analysis of the speech’s content, saying that if his government succeeds in accomplishing the social and economic goals that Mubārak mentioned...

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