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The author warns against Islamic extremists and the danger they pose to the world, suggesting that Islam nowadays poses the same threat as fascism in 1930s.
To start with I ask my friend Dr. Nabil Sharaffeddin’s permission to borrow from a title he used for an article printed in Watani last October. The article was entitled “Tales from Najaa al-Nassaara” (Egyptian colloquial for Upper Egyptian hamlets –Najaa-the majority of whose inhabitants are...
In this article, Sulymān Yousuf Yousuf presents his opinion regarding the different dimensions of the Coptic issue. He believes that conferences held in the US and Switzerland on problems facing Copts are the first step toward internationalizing the Coptic issue.
President of the U.S. Copts Association, Michael Munīr, has been severely criticized over his recent visit to Egypt and his meeting with a number of top officials. A number of expatriate Coptic activists have seen Munīr’s visit as "an act of betrayal of the Coptic cause.” Others have regarded the...
The article discusses the political system in Egypt after 1952 made people feel loyal to the system and not the state.
In an interview with Sawt al-Umma, ‘Adlī Abādīr responds to accusations of inciting sectarian strife, receiving foreign funds and working against Egypt’s national interests.
The author expresses his concern that ex-pat Copts in the US are fuelling sectarian tensions within Egypt.
Jamāl As‘ad argues that Copts have long been treated as a foreign community in Egypt and that Amercain Copts are fuelling sectarian tensions in Egypt.
When news of the first Coptic Symposium which convened in Zurich last September first came out, those who organised it and those who planned to take part in it all became targets of a fierce denunciation and condemnation campaign in the Egyptian media. My only comment then was that, once the...
The fatal point of weakness in the 1st Coptic symposium in the Swiss city of Zurich was that it tried to be secular but could not abide until the end by this noble call that enhances Egyptians’ unity and consequently functions as a life buoy from a merciful fate at the end of a dark tunnel.
On the so-called conference on minorities in Egypt, I said I had been shocked to find my name on a list of speakers on that gathering without even being invited or asked for permission.That recent item spurred me to have a serious pause on the grounds that the Copts of Egypt are not considered a...
In 1977, Manqateen’s Coptic residents applied to the authorities concerned for a permit to build a church in the name of Anba Antonious. To date, no approval has been issued. It is outrageous that the political, local or security authorities should persist in stalling a legitimate demand—one...
The ferocious attack waged by Egyptian press against Zurich Conference, held in mid-September to discuss the affairs of the Coptic minority in Egypt, mirrored the government’s serious role to abort bids to establish democracy.
The first international conference for Egyptian Copts that took place in Zurich, Switzerland a few weeks ago was accused in some newspapers to have been under the auspices of Zionist organizations. Al-Qahera interviewed Youssef Sidhom, the editor-in-chief of Al-Watani newspaper, who attended the...
It is clear that the hatred, rejection, ridicule, evasion and marginalization inflicted upon Copts because of their faith, whether at the hands of individuals, groups, or officials, and before which the government stands unable to protect or vindicate them, can-according to international statutes...
We wonder why Pope Shenouda did not investigate Zakariya Botros’s insults against Islam. Accountant and researcher in Coptic affairs Kamal Zakhir Moussa says that the church has to declare its official stance towards Zakariya Botros. He also asks Pope Shenouda to be more definite and transparent...
Egyptian media and political leaders paying attention to Coptic Christmas. Watani’s Editor-in-chief Yusuf Sidhom’s discusses the term ’ persecution’ in describing the position of Christians in Egypt.
Participants of "The first international symposium of Egyptian Copts: A minority under siege.” addressed the symposium on one of three levels. The first expressed wrath at the deterioration in the state of affairs of the Copts throughout the past half – century. On the second level, participants...
The first International Symposium on Egypt’s Cops took place in Zurich, Switzerland, between September 23 and September 25, 2004. This important event was organized by Mr. Adly Youssef, a leading Copt who lives in Switzerland, and was sponsored by "Christian Solidarity International" (CSI), "The...
An analysis of the present policies of the State and the government, and their current method of dealing with the problems of Egyptians in general and Copts in particular make me no optimist. A long history of official disregard and denial of the curtailment of Coptic citizenship rights appears to...

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