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Between January 3 and January 20th I was in Uganda and Kenya. The main purpose for my visit was to visit my son Filip who was working at the University of Mbarara on the development of MRI equipment. Uganda needs to import MRI equipment at 3 million US dollars per machine, but most hospitals don’t...
In Nasr City, Christian women were prevented from voting in one of the polling stations, also many voting cards were not stamped. 
The two children left the Beni Suef prosecution to an unknown place after orders to release them as security forces intensified presence in ‘Izbit Marco lest retaliatory acts erupt.
The ongoing conflict over the constitution is a clear indication of the state of political/religious division the Egyptian society is going through. [Nabīl ‘Abd al-Fattāh, al-Ahrām, Nov. 15, p. 10] Read original text in Arabic
al-Dustūr discusses the question of Egyptian national identity in an age of globalisation, where claims have been made that the era of the nation state has come to an end in the face of economic integration in shared markets. The author highlights the many overlapping layers of Egyptian identity –...
Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who claimed that she was deceived into appearing in the film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad, which sparked large-scale outrage in the Arab and Muslim world, lost a lawsuit for the second time to force YouTube to remove the movie. 
The new patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawāḍrūs II, will hopefully be the spiritual extension of several eras of the church since it was first established and until the year 1971, when Pope Shinūda III was selected as the patriarch of Alexandria.
Archpriest Angelus Isḥāq, Secretary of Pope Tawadros II, said the church’s position regarding the constituent assembly has not changed, adding the decision to quit the panel was in agreement with other Christian denominations.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II received Ambassador Muhammad Rifā’ah al-Tahtāwī, the Chief of the Presidential Cabinet on Thursday (November 29) at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-ʿAbbāssīyah as a church source said the meeting falls within the framework of efforts by the...
Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfʿī, a senior advisor to Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb and a senior Azhar scholar, said the top Sunni Muslim establishment, is not making itself a party to any political disputes, whether with the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafīs, adding the Brotherhood and Salafīs...
Political parties and movements objected the announcement to vote over the draft constitution as Dr. Ayman Abū al-ʿIlā, a member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP) politburo, said the constituent assembly, which pays no attention to the people’s demands, will not finalize a consensus...
Dr. Ṣafwat al-Bayādī, the head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, said Sāwī’s statements that he voted on behalf of the church inside the constituent assembly were a “joke in a time when Egypt lost its sense of humor”.
Bishop Būla was commenting on statements by Muḥammad al-Sāwī, a member of the assembly, that he was representing the church on the panel. “I am afraid these statements were attributed to him (Sāwī) by mistake.”
Bishop Būla, the representative of the church who quit the constituent assembly drafting a new constitution for Egypt, said the church has not authorized anyone to vote on its behalf over the draft.
Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back wit
The National Council for Women (NCW) on Sunday (November 25), on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, organized a conference in support of the cause.
A judge in a Timā court in Suhāj governorate decided the release of Mīnā Arkiniūn ‘Abd al-Sayyīd, a Coptic teacher accused of inciting Muslim pupils to stop prayers, with a bail of LE1,000 (roughly $160), while a date for another session will be set to review the case.
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II has to handle several dossiers inside the church like the pending problems for Copts including divorce, remarriage, inheritance, the laying of a new election system, maintaining national unity, construction of houses of worship and encouraging Christians not to be...
A special session of the Syndicate of Journalists expressed flat rejection of recent decisions by the president of the republic under the name “constitutional declaration” for their “blunt assault on public freedoms, rule of law and independence of the judiciary,” asserting that the syndicate quit...
Coptic figures agreed that the president has sold them out in a secret deal with the Americans as Najīb Jabrā’īl, an activist and lawyer, said relations between the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood had negative reverberations on Copts.

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