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The U.S. President Donald Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 7, 2017, and announced the plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
7 December 2017, by Jasper A. Kiepe and Salma Khamis This article is the second installment in a three-part series: In the first article, we gave an overview on the situation in Egypt with respect to sexual harassment, and violence against women more generally. In this piece, we examine the...
MEMRI TV Clip No. 6274 highlighted the November 5 interview with firebrand lawyer Nabīh al-Waḥsh, who stated on Egyptian TV, “I'm proud to be anti-Semitic,” and “if I see any Israeli, I will kill him.”
MEMRI TV Clip No. 6274 highlighted the November 5 interview with firebrand lawyer Nabīḥ al-Waḥsh, who stated on Egyptian TV, “I'm proud to be anti-Semitic,” and “if I see any Israeli, I will kill him.”
Slightly more than one hundred years ago on November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration was signed. The recently celebrated anniversary of the declaration led to expressions of appreciation, critique, hope, and fear through global media outlets, such as the Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the...
Slightly more than one hundred years ago on November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration was signed. The recently celebrated anniversary of the declaration led to expressions of appreciation, critique, hope, and fear through global media outlets, such as the Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the...
On November 19, Christians of al-Fashn in the governorate of Banī Swayf will gather for the 40th day anniversary of Father Samʿān Shiḥāta’s death. This is a custom widely observed by Muslims and Christians alike, probably dating back to pharaonic days. In light of this occasion, please find...
With a weakening economy, populism on the rise, and the hunt for scapegoats, personal rights and freedoms seem to be on the decline in Egypt. People live in fear for their right to exist and to live a peaceful life, due to a lack of social acceptance, as well as pressure from the government....
This article is the first part of a series of three: In the first part, we give an overview on the situation in Egypt, in the second part we will examine the legal framework, and in the final part, both victims and authors will comment on the situation. Cairo was voted to be “the most dangerous...
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, a female South Korean tourist (36) was killed in Siwa, the capital city of a remote oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert with the same name. The victim was stabbed several times, by an Egyptian man (27) from Alexandria, whom she has been meeting in Cairo prior to...
Western travel advice about Siwa is not entirely uniform. Please find below an overview of the travel advice of EU and non-EU countries regarding Siwa. The travel advisories from other languages than English were translated with help of Google translate and edited for readability. Quotes are...
While studying at the University of Essex, I decided to apply for an internship somewhere in the Middle East. After spending some time researching potential places to work, I came across the CAWU website and applied for the journalism internship almost immediately. 
The new Egyptian NGO law was widely criticized in different media and as a consequence we received questions about the status of the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) in relation to the new law. The following constitutes Dr. Hulsman's response. 
From June 5-10th , the Rights Forum of former Dutch Prime Minister Andreas van Agt (1977-1982) organized daily meetings in the Netherlands under the title “enough=enough” to reflect on the topic of “Israeli Settler-Colonialism” as termed by Israeli journalist Amira [Amīrah] Hass on June 7th in The...
Ramadan 2017 starts Friday evening May 26 and is expected to end on June 24. We are now receiving wishes from friends for a blessed Ramadan but it is too simple to wish blessings while only days earlier, May 22, the 22 year-old Salman Abedi [Salmān ʿĀbidī] blew himself up just after an Ariana...
Last Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to attend to the annual Ramadan gathering organized by one of our CAWU board members Eng. Nagwa Raouf [Nājwā Rā'ūf], in Ezbet al-Haggana [ʿizbit al-hajāna], a very poor area close to Madinet Nasr [Madīnat Nasr] in Cairo. Ms. Nagwa [Nājwā] usually...
Ten days ago was International Labor Day, so I chose to discover a new place in Cairo: Saint Simon the Tanner’s Monastery.  My main goal was to find the calligraphy street art from a French - Tunisian artist “El Seed” [el-Sīd]. I was following him on social media when he was working on the 50...
This was the title of the banners that were to be seen all over as ‘pilgrims’ arrived to the Air Defense Stadium for the Mass with Pope Francis.
Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Egypt tomorrow, April 28 and remain here for a visit of only 27 hours. He will thus have an unbelievably heavy schedule which will consist of several meetings, notably  with President al-Sisi, Pope Tawadros II, Catholic leaders and of course, ordinary people....
Palm Sunday signifies the beginning of the Holy Week leading up to Easter, the most important feast in the Christian calendar. It was a sad week following the attacks on two churches in Egypt that cost the lives of 45 people and injured 129 others, some of whom were Muslim policemen and guards.  
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