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Background: Aḥmad ʿAṣmat ʿAbd al-Majīd (1.3.1924 – 21.12.2013) was at the time of the interview an Egyptian diplomat and the secretary-general of the Arab League, which consists of 22 members. The Arab League was established in 1945, with the aim of unifying the Arab World and considering the...
After nearly a year under Sīsī, Egypt’s Christian minority has mixed feelings in regards to progress made during his presidency on Coptic issues. Some praised his visits to cathedrals, his strong reaction to the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya, and his approval of the building of several new...
On February 11, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) board of directors issued a warning not to travel to Egypt for study and/or research. Our Center for Arab-West Understanding disagrees. The brutal murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni is a great tragedy, first of all for his family,...
The seven Egyptian men headed east by car from the Libyan city of Sirte on Dec. 29, starting the long drive back to Egypt. On the outskirts of the city, located on the Mediterranean coast, armed men stopped the vehicle. Several of the men called their families back home. “We’re kidnapped,” one told...
Three years ago, on February 27, 2013, we interviewed Aḥmad Ashūsh in our office. These were the days of President Muhammad Mursī and we then made efforts to understand the motivations of the different people involved various Islamists movements. Aḥmad Ashūsh was arrested in October 2013 for the...
The year 2015 started with the killing of 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya by Dā`esh. However, despite this bloody incident that took place last February, and despite the forced migration of the Christian families in the village of Kafr Darwish due to alleged defamation of the Prophet...
Egyptian Prime Minister, Ibrahīm Mahlab, reported that President Sīsī is confronting the kidnapping of Egyptian Copts in Libya with all the tools at his disposal to ensure their safe return. In a press conference, Mahlab said that there is an ongoing, organized effort to destroy Egypt, and the...
State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in a press conference today that the Secretary of State, John Kerry, spoke on the phone with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sāmih Shukrī. The conversation revolved around the unfolding situation in Libya where 21 Egyptian Copts have been kidnapped. She also...
30 days after ISIS’ branch in Libya announced that it had kidnapped 20 Egyptians, a website claiming allegiance to the group published photos of the kidnapped Egyptians in orange jumpsuits used for executions. The new photos prompted the families of the kidnapped to call for help from President...
The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights condemned the killing of 21 Coptic citizens of Egypt in Libya at the hands of ISIS and offered its condolences to the families of the victims. The organization emphasized the necessity of cooperation on a regional and international level and asked for the...

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