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Easter and Islamists

Sometimes I have to go through excruciating pain to try and write in English about the basic rationale of Egyptian folk wisdom. While I always manage to convey the basic points behind such statements, there is a specific sense conveyed by these statements in Arabic. I say this because the amount of debate that took …

Ziad A. Akl

‘Non’-Romantic Sectarianism

  By Nervana Mahmoud Beni Suef– A story of romance has turned ugly and led to eruption of another round of sectarianism in Egypt. Rana El-Shazli, a 21-year-old Egyptian Muslim woman, is believed to have converted to Christianity and fled to Turkey with a Coptic Christian man. Although interfaith relationships are common across the globe, …

Daily News Egypt

OpEds find Lent in Egypt hard to swallow

Sunday 28 April is known as Palm Sunday, a feast before Easter, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It also marks the last week of Lent, and so it is a cause for celebration. However, columnists pondered on this year’s Palm Sunday as a bittersweet event. Morsi in the Church: Oh black day! Hamdi Rezk Al …

Thoraia Abou Bakr

Copts in Egypt: roots of discrimination

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article right here on sectarianism in Egypt. The feedback I got was a wave of phone calls and emails all acknowledging the existence of sectarianism. In fact, there are some who called me and expressed their relief that finally we are talking about our sectarian problems without …

Ziad A. Akl

Justice in Boston and Cairo

By Mina George Yassa Watching the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers unfold live on TV, I cannot help but feel a certain sense of awe at the precise and methodical nature of law enforcement in the United States. At times, even in between the conflicting reports and hearsay, there was certain senses of inevitability …

Daily News Egypt

Cherish freedom

By: Philip Whitfield How do you feed your prejudice? Choosing what bits to read? Or who to hang out with? It’s an infectious disease. One minute you’re as tolerant as can be, the next you’re ranting about someone’s views. We are all united in a crisis, says Nancy Taylor, pastor of the Old South Church …

Daily News Egypt

Sectarianism: Egypt’s uncomfortable question

For the past 10 years, Egypt has been reminded at least annually of its sectarian time bomb. If your only source of information were Egyptian media, sectarianism would be the work of a radical few, but never a serious problem inherent within Egyptian Society. But if you take a closer look at the lives of …

Ziad A. Akl

Morsy’s Christian Problem

The country was watching, half in horror and the other half probably in glee, as the police of the Islamist state of Egypt actively joined a mob in their attack on the cathedral

Mahmoud Salem