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On the other hand, security agencies arrested on Friday (Jan. 27) the perpetrators of the Naja' Hammādī crime, in which five persons killed Copt Mu'awad As'ad, a cement trader, and his son As'ad.   The prime suspect is 'Ādil Muhammad Jamāl, an upholsterer, who was aided and abetted by four others...
Under the title Documented, Accurate Figure – Census of Copts is 18.565.484 million, Mājid 'Attīyah writes in a column in Watanī newspaper of January 15 that Dr. Tharwat Basīlī has said he has a documented, accurate figure of the Coptic population in Egypt and that he challenges anyone who would...
Al-Amr bil-Maarouf wal-Nahy an al-Munkar (AMNM), literally Commanding Virtue and Banning Vice, is the vice police Egyptians used to hear of in the more conservative Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia. Dressed in Islamic garb, its members roam the streets to check passers-by are adhering to the...
Cornelis Hulsman [Reviewer's Note: Director of CIDT and Editor in Chief of AWR] speaks to Watani about the Copts in Egypt, whose number, according to a former Egyptian official is…the number that brings on a headache.
Counselor 'Āsim al-Juharī, the head of the anti-graft agency, referred complaints accusing Coptic business magnate Najīb Sawirus accusing him of "an inflated wealth in a dubious manner in light of his relations with the former regime. [Yūsuf al-Ghazālī, al-Wafd, Jan. 14, p. 1] Read original text in...
The wrath which raged, and is still raging, against Israel in the Egyptian street is both legitimate and justified. It is a show of public fury at the killing of five Egyptian security personnel last month during an Israeli operation against cross-border terrorist raiders who had assassinated eight...
 No matter what successes Prime Minister Essam Sharaf achieves together with his cabinet, he will always be discredited for underestimating public memory—a memory by no means poor. With that memory alertly registering details big and small on the Egyptian arena, Dr Sharaf has miserably failed. The...
The killing of Egyptians with Israeli fire has generated a state of wrath, conspicuously witnessed on Facebook.
Last Sunday, Pope Shenouda III inaugurated the first Coptic Orthodox Church in Hungary, in Budapest’s eighteenth district. The Pope presided over an evening service ceremony during which he anointed and consecrated the altar and the icons of the church which was named for the Holy Virgin and...
For their part, the Coptic youth movement Maspero Youth issued a statement in which it declared its deep concern at the dominion of the Islamist currents. They revealed their total discontent with the raising of the Saudi flag by the Islamists, and said they were fully prepared to defend the option...
What had been planned as a “Friday of unifying the ranks” ended, as unanimously agreed by the Egyptian media, as a “Friday of splitting the ranks”. While the day began with various political groups, including Islamists, converging on Tahrir Square in numbers that came close to a million, it ended...
A former coach of Egypt’s National Football Team once said it was beyond him to understand the nature of the character of some of Egypt’s national team players. They carefully abided by training routines, they comprehended strategies and carried them out on the green field, and they knew very well...
Security apparatuses in al-Minia's governorate controlled clashes between Muslim and Coptic youth that took place on August 6, 2011, in front of Saint George's Church in Nazlat Faraj Allah village, al-Minia governorate. Tight security measures were taken to avoid further clashes.
The rapid turn of events in Egypt over the past few weeks has of necessity calmed down the heated debate over the unified law for building places of worship. What with the recent al-Azhar document reflecting the venerable institution’s enlightened vision of the future; the disgruntled...
No sooner did the authorities issue a decision to reopen a number of churches which had been closed by the former security apparatus than a crisis erupted—one in a long line of attempts to hijack the 25 January Revolution by forces opposed to democracy, freedom, and citizenship rights. Among the...
 It goes without saying that a comprehensive process for reformulating Egyptian politics is just around the corner. The last constitutional amendments have limited presidential terms to a maximum of four years, with candidates eligible to serve no more than two terms, and have stipulated the...
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.
Last Tuesday, a Muslim mob a few thousand strong gathered in front of Mar-Yuhanna (Saint John) church in al-Minya village of al-Qamādīr in Samallūt, some 240km south of Cairo, demanding that the church should be closed. They attacked the church and the Copts’ houses with stones and set on fire...

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