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Interviewer: Aidan Mascarenhas-Keyes, Quinta Smit Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript) Interpreter: Aḥmad Ibrāhīm Transcript: Quinta Smit Approval: Requested and no objection received   This is the first of two transcripts of interviews with Maḥmūd...
The Egyptian press reports on the recent divisions within the Kifāyahmovement, otherwise known as the Egyptian Movement for Change. Seven members from the movement submitted their resignation following the culture minister’s comments on the Ḥijāb.
Many Christians are calling for an amendment to the regulations concerning the election of the Coptic Orthodox pope.
Although the Criminal Court has issued a verdict canceling a decision of the High State Security Prosecution putting two prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Dr ‘Isām al- ‘Iryān and Muhammad Mursī, under house arrest, many criticized the group for adhering to a vague political and religious...
Changing election system from electing independent candidates to a list system will present difficulties for the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the parliament. The group looks for a political party that its candidates can join to be able to stand for elections. The dilemma is that the Labor Party, a...
In his book "I Confess," Gamal Asa’ad tells the story of his sad experience with the Tagammu party, especially its leaders, their unexplained position toward him, and their constant actions to contradict their beliefs. He believes that the Church is partially responsible for sectarian strife in...
Some members of the Islamic bloc are asking questions about the Ministry of the Interior, the head of the Supreme Council of the Press and the head of the Shura Council’s failure to execute court judgments in the case of Al-Shaab newspaper. The deputy general secretary of the Labor Party said that...
The surprise of these elections was the failing of two great symbols of the Brotherhood, namely, Al-Hodeibi, the deputy of the general counselor of the Brothers, and Seif Al-Islam Al-Banna, a member in the Counseling Office of the Brotherhood while 15 other candidates succeeded in the first and...
More than 1500 persons applauded and shouted urging the destitution of the Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni, during last Friday’s conference of the Amal [Labor] party. The publishers of Al-Shaab Newspaper launched a severe campaign against the writer of the novel "Banquet for the seaweed" and accused...
The article is about many Copts who will be presented as candidates in each political party; Al-Wafd, Al-Tagammu, the Labor Party and the ruling National Party. In 1995 there were 57 Coptic candidates but none of them was in the National Party. This time everybody expects the National Party to...
The second part of the discussions of Al-Amal [Labor] party about the Egyptian people in the light of the Al-Kosheh incidents and the general discussion of Muslim-Christian relations in Egyptian society.
Security measures have been taken against the projects of the Islamic parties, which were announced recently. The latest procedures that were taken by the government were to prevent holding a symposium that was called by Mamdouh Ismail, the representative of Al-Shari’a Party.
Mr. Gamal Asaad Abdel-Malak, the ex-member of the People’s Assembly and the member of the executive committee and Al-Amal Party [The Labor Party], commented on the disastrous incidents that have happened in Al-Koshh by the following: "The wise men of the nation should intervene and the attempt to...
An interview with Ibrahim Shukry, the 83 year old head of the Islamist Labor Party on al-Koshh and the place of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Rose El-Youssef magazine continues its recent attack against the Labor Party (in Egypt) claiming that the party has been hijacked by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim extremists, and that it is presenting itself falsely as the sole party representing the interests of Islam in Egypt.
The author claims members of the Gama’at al-Islamia and the Jihad, who have been involved in terrorism, are active in the Labor Party. He therefore sounds the alarm, an warns that the country’s democracy is in danger and that viruses of sickness are spreading in the political atmosphere.. without...
What does the Brotherhood have that scares the government? One of the deputies of the General Guide of the Brotherhood is a Syrian. How can Egyptian’s accept this, the paper asks. The arrests of major members of the Brotherhood have caused an internal turmoil. Some Brothers see the crackdown as a...
Mr. Ibrahim Shokri, the head of the Al-Amal Party (The Work Party) sends his consolations to Pope Shenouda concerning the accident involving the bus at Beni Suef. He confirmed that this road was known as "the road of death" due to the increasing number of accidents on it that happen everyday.
Dr. Mohammed Emara has deliberately insulted Christianity and the Christians in the article that was published in the July 6 issue (number 1376), of Al-Shaab newspaper. He has published what Dr. Abd Al-Razeq Al-Sanhouri said in his book about the Christians. Dr. Abd Al-Razeq said, "the Christians...
An interview between Rafa’t Al-Sa’id of the Tagammu’ Party (who is fiercely critical of the Muslim Brotherhood), and Saleem ’Azouz (the interviewer). He says: "A religious [political] party will start or directly lead to terrorism. I tell you frankly that politicization of religion or...

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