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  • Slowly the Egyptian Copts rise up (increase in conversions to christianity)

    08/08/2014 1:57:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem ^ | August 7, 2014 | Pierre Loup de Raucourt
    EGYPT – After three years of hard times consequence of political turmoil born at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the Coptic community seems to raise its head. Following an uneasy coexistence with the Moslem Brotherhood, the handing of power to General Al Sissi brings about hope. It seems that many have converted to Christianity, the figures however remaining unknown.Among the Irakis compelled to quit Mossul under pressure by blood-thirsty djihadists of Islamic Caliphates, it is likely that some of them may dream of the Coptic Church, still on its feet despite all the dark years. They hope may be, deep in...
  • The Pope’s New Coptic Secretary: Islam is a “Culture of Death”

    05/05/2014 7:56:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/4/14 | Robert Spencer
    This is odd and surprising. It would seem most likely that the Pope wanted a secretary from the Islamic world to show his favorable view of Islam, and is unaware of Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaido’s previous statements. He will undoubtedly soon find out, however, if he hasn’t already, and what happens then will be interesting. Here is Blazing Cat Fur’s modified Google translation of a German-language article: “The Pope’s new Coptic secretary: Islam is a ‘culture of death,’” Blazing Cat Fur, April 29, 2014 (thanks to Jamal): Pope Francis has a new secretary who speaks Arabic and has very clear...
  • The Wife of Jesus Tale (Evidence Points to Forgery of "Jesus' Wife" Fragment)

    04/28/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/5/2014 | Charlotte Allen
    ....Two weeks ago, on April 10, in a manner reminiscent of King’s carefully controlled original unveiling of the fragment, the Harvard Divinity School issued a press release declaring that a “wide range of scientific testing indicates that a papyrus fragment containing the words ‘Jesus said to them my wife’ is an ancient document” and that “its contents may have been composed as early as the second to fourth centuries.” Harvard had given an advance viewing of the test results and an interview with King to reporters for just three newspapers—the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Harvard student...
  • AP interview: Female party head doubts Egypt path

    02/24/2014 11:37:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 2:19 PM EST | Mariam Rizk
    The first woman elected to head an Egyptian political party expressed doubt over the country’s transition to democracy on Monday, criticizing the interim authorities’ increasing intolerance of dissent. Hala Shukrallah, a 59-year-old Coptic Christian, condemned the security crackdown that has resulted in mass detentions and trials in the months since the military overthrew the Islamist president last July. […] Hundreds of Islamists have been killed and thousands detained. But by the end of last year and with the issuance of a draconian protest law, the appetite for dissent decreased and the clampdown widened to include some of the main figures...
  • Libyan Government Basing New Constitution on Shariah, Targeting Christians (Bush's fault too)

    01/07/2014 10:40:54 AM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/7/14 | w bigelow
    The anti-Christian sentiment of Muslims in Libya has now reached a new, official level; the Libyan government has declared its new constitution will be based on Shariah law. The Libyan General National Congress stated, "Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya. All state institutions need to comply with this." This is a change from the policy under former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who allowed Libya's 300,000 Coptic Christians, 5% of its population, to openly practice their faith. Reports assert that a special committee is examining current laws to make sure they comply with Shariah. Patrick Sookhdeo, international director...
  • Report: Hamas Planned Church Bombings on Christmas (in Egypt)

    01/02/2014 9:11:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/2/2014, 2:47 PM | Maayana Miskin
    Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood planned a series of bombings at Egyptian churches, according to a report in the Kuwaiti paper Al-Watan, according to Channel 10 news. According to the report, the attacks were to take place on Christmas. Terrorists in Sinai had succeeded in gathering explosives for the planned attack. Egyptian intelligence reportedly foiled the plot after discovering communications between the two groups. Intelligence agents also listened in on calls between the Muslim Brotherhood and other Gaza-based terrorist groups. …
  • Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood violence targets Church of Virgin Mary in Zaytoun

    11/02/2013 7:40:26 AM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Asia News ^ | 2 November AD 2013 | Staff
    Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Egypt's churches came under attack once again yesterday when a procession of students linked to the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the church of the Virgin Mary in Zaytoun , in the eastern part of Cairo, which marks the site of a famous apparition of Our Lady . The group - which came directly from Friday prayers in the mosque next door - clashed with some young Christians, who prevented the Islamists from storming the building. Thanks to the intervention of some passers-by, who calmed the brawl, a more serious incident of violence was avoided, but the...
  • Copts condemn pro-Muslim Brotherhood Obama adviser for claiming that Copts who speak about Muslim...

    10/12/2013 4:47:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    JIhad Watch ^ | 10/12/2013 | Robert Spencer
    Mohamed Elibiary recently got a promotion on the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- in another indication of how topsy-turvy the values of this Administration are. "Coptic Leaders Condemn Obama Adviser's Anti-Coptic Tweets," by John Rossomando for IPT News, October 11:Major Coptic leaders are condemning Mohamed Elibiary, an Obama administration Homeland Security adviser, for suggesting that Copts who raise awareness of anti-Christian violence in Egypt promote "Islamophobic" bigotry. Elibiary sent out a series of tweets that Coptic leaders found offensive last month. The tweets appeared to chastise the Coptic community for lobbying on behalf of their relatives in Egypt. He targeted...
  • Muslim Brotherhood-supporting DHS adviser blames Copts for "promoting Islamophobia"

    09/28/2013 6:15:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 9/28/2013 | Robert Spencer
    There have been questions about Mohamed Elibiary’s true allegiances for years. He was one of the speakers at a December 2004 conference in Dallas titled “A Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary.” The visionary in question was none other than the founding father of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini.When I questioned him about his appearance at such a conference, Elibiary claimed that he hadn’t known what kind of conference it was going to be, although he didn’t explain why he went ahead and appeared there anyway once he found out. Among those who found this explanation...
  • US Coptic Christians Come to Aid of Believers Persecuted in Egypt

    09/23/2013 12:21:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 07:28 AM | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Coptic Christians in America are welcoming a flood of refugees who have fled from violence in Egypt and are seeking to pressure the international community to come to the aid of those who are still being persecuted for their faith. Since the April 2011 demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square—and continuing through the military overthrow this summer of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi—violence against the estimated 9 million Christians living in Egypt has intensified, resulting in an unprecedented number of Coptic Christians immigrating to the United States. Of the approximately 350,000 Copts living in the U.S., almost one-third of those arrived...
  • A Coptic Exodus From Egypt

    09/11/2013 8:15:11 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | September 6, 2013 | GRACY OLMSTEAD
    One of the last and largest Christian populations in the Middle East faces mounting persecution---and begins to flee. In the aftermath of President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow earlier this summer, Egypt’s Coptic Church has faced an onslaught of persecution. Pro-Morsi supporters vented their anger by burning Christian homes and shops, and when the military staged an August 14 crackdown on protesters, the repercussions for Copts were enormous and tragic: at least 42 churches were assailed, looted, and demolished. Mobs destroyed Christian convents, orphanages, schools, shops, and homes.This is the culmination of several years of rising persecution for the Copts, whose freedoms...
  • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Coptic Christians: Convert to Islam, or pay ‘jizya’ tax

    09/11/2013 3:40:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have began forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax as indicated in Koran 9:29, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday. Jizya is the money, or tribute, “that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords ‘with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued’ to safeguard their existence,” Mr. Ibrahim explained. According to Fr. Yunis Shawqi, who spoke yesterday to Dostor reporters in Dalga, all Copts in the village, “without exception,” are being forced to pay the tax. “[The] value of the...
  • Killing Copts for Ransom in Egypt

    09/04/2013 7:32:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 4, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Killing Copts for Ransom in EgyptPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On September 4, 2013 @ 12:23 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Not only are the churches, monasteries, and institutions of Egypt’s Christians under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters—nearly 100 now have been torched, destroyed, ransacked, etc.—but Christians themselves are under attack all throughout Egypt, with practically zero coverage in Western media.Days ago, for example, Copts held a funeral for Wahid Jacob, a young Christian deacon who used to serve in St. John the Baptist Church, part of the Qusiya diocese...
  • Copts in Egypt being turned away at our embassy.... ~ Vanity

    08/28/2013 3:01:31 PM PDT · by GraceG · 15 replies
    Just heard on the blaze on Glenn Beck's TV show from a Coptic Priest who keeps in contact with the Coptic Pope in Egypt, the US embassies are turning away Copts. Sounds a hell of a LOT like when FDR was turning away Jewish refugees from Europe.
  • 50 Christian churches burned to ground in days

    08/25/2013 11:00:06 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Christians in Egypt are under the worst persecution by Islamic radicals in recent memory, Syrian believers are displaced in massive numbers and the effort to assist them in both countries goes on despite tremendous upheaval in both nations. Most of the recent attention has been focused on Egypt. Christians have been in the Muslim Brotherhood’s cross-hairs since the 2011 Arab Spring, but the persecution has greatly intensified in the weeks following the July 3 coup that removed Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power. The violence is a result of radical leaders blaming the coup on Christians. It’s a...
  • Why the Brotherhood Targets Christians — Remember the Maspero Massacre (It's Islamic Culture)

    08/23/2013 12:07:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/23/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    A pogrom against Christians — torching Churches and killing believers — is perfectly consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic supremacist ideology. But there are many despicable things, consistent with that ideology, that are not on display at the moment. By contrast, the Brothers and their sympathizers are very consciously and very publicly besieging Christians due to a key tactical calculation: In Egypt, framing a dispute as “Islam v. the Enemies of Islam” works.The pogrom tells us more about Egypt than it does about the Brotherhood. It is convenient to make the Brothers into the all-purpose villain here, and to...
  • Huge Crowds Turn Out in Egypt in Largely Peaceful Protests Against Morsi

    06/30/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Nancy A. Youssef
    In highly anticipated protests to mark the first anniversary of President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration, millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country in unprecedented numbers Sunday to demand his removal from office, three years before his term expires. The protests were largely peaceful after days of worries that they would unleash violence between pro- and anti-Morsi camps. But in those places where they came together, the two sides kept their distance, with Morsi’s supporters vastly outnumbered by the president’s opponents. This normally bustling city set aside its usual business what in Egypt is the first day of the...

    08/20/2013 4:11:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 19, 2013 | BEN SHAPIRO
    <p>While the United States considers cutting aid to the Egyptian military in an attempt to stop violence between the military regime and the deposed Muslim Brotherhood, Brotherhood members and allies are reportedly parading nuns through the streets, looting churches, and tearing down a cross in favor of an al Qaeda banner.</p>
  • Christianity Is a Crime Punishable by Death under Sharia Law

    08/20/2013 4:00:43 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 9 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 20 August 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    I'm in the process of transferring here the articles I had on another, older blog which I'm closing down. They are still relevant, showing how things haven't changed at all in the Islamic world but maybe - just maybe - have developed a little bit chez nous. The Guardian article that I quoted from in here might have still made today the same unfounded, false claims that death for apostasy is not part of Islam that it made then. But, while it's becoming more and more obvious every day that the Muslim persecution of Christians throughout the world is the...
  • Al Jazeera Caught Airing Fake Death of Muslim Brotherhood Protestor

    08/20/2013 1:28:02 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 8/20/13 | Adam Kredo
    As a distraught woman yells in Arabic, the man in question can be seen clutching what is described as a gunshot wound. However, when the man’s hand is moved it becomes apparent that he has not been injured despite a pool of blood. The fake death was first flagged by FSA Crimes, an advocacy website that tracks alleged war crimes committed by rebel fighters battling Syrian President Bashar al Assad. “Covered in blood, his hand rests on what would seem to be the source of that blood, a gunshot wound,” FSA write of the apparently staged death. “‘Doctors’ surrounding him...
  • Excising the ‘Cancer’ in Egypt (link only)

    08/20/2013 10:36:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    8/20/2013 | Fouad Ajami
    Excising the ‘Cancer’ in Egypt Link only -- Bloomberg
  • Obama's brother linked to Muslim Brotherhood; Report says Malik directs radical Islamic movement's

    08/20/2013 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    WND ^ | 8/20/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – President Obama’s half-brother in Kenya could cause the White House more headaches over new evidence linking him to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and establishing that controversial IRS supervisor Lois Lerner signed his tax-exempt approval letter. Malik Obama’s oversight of the Muslim Brotherhood’s international investments is one reason for the Obama administration’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to an Egyptian report citing the vice president of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, Tehani al-Gebali In a news report on Egyptian television of a Gebali speech, translated by researcher Walid Shoebat, Gebali said she would like “to...
  • Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obama’s disregard for foreign aid law

    08/16/2013 1:12:41 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies ^ | AUGUST 16, 2013 | JOEL GEHRKE
    President Obama has “contributed to [Egypt's] descent into chaos” by providing foreign aid to the military regime while maintaining an otherwise “detached and abstract” position, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who called for an end to financial support. “President Obama’s detached and abstract statement yesterday on deteriorating conditions in Egypt is only the most recent manifestation of this administration’s failed policy in that country,” Cruz said. “As there can no longer be any reasonable doubt that what occurred in July was a military coup, the first step is to send an unequivocal message that the United States is a...
  • Dozens reported killed as clashes break out on Islamists' 'Day of Rage' in Egypt

    08/16/2013 7:55:52 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/16/2013 | Ayman Mohyeldin, Ghazi Balkiz and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    <p>CAIRO - Dozens of deaths were reported as clashes broke out during mass demonstrations by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt Friday.</p> <p>Morsi's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement had called for a “Day of Rage” in the wake of a military crackdown that killed more than 600 people.</p>
  • Egyptian Blood on Obama’s Hands

    07/29/2013 5:15:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 29, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Obama went down to Cairo in the spring of ’09, his speech, titled “A New Beginning,” was little more than a thinly disguised call for regime change. It wasn’t so much the words that mattered as the message behind them that the Mubarak government no longer enjoyed backing from Washington, D.C. The alliance between Egyptian liberals and Islamists that overthrew Mubarak, in a coup mediated by the military, was cheered as an expression of popular will. What it actually was, was the whistling sound of air escaping into a post-American power vacuum. Obama’s call for regional regime change led...
  • Popular Egyptian music video tells Obama to screw himself and stop funding Jihad terrorists

    08/04/2013 1:04:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 27 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 08/04/2013 | Pamela Geller
    Obama has taken this country to new lows on the international stage. I have never seen the US so disrespected and held in such contempt. America was once synonymous with freedom. The US under Obama is the laughingstock of the world. Looking forward to seeing this Rgyptian tune performed on Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Letterman show .... (vid thanks to TH)
  • Turkish PM Erdogan: Hamas is 'not an arm of Iran'

    02/01/2009 5:33:52 AM PST · by Yehuda123 · 23 replies · 586+ views
    Hamas is a political party, not an "arm of Iran," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. "If the whole world had given them the chance of becoming a political player maybe they would not be in a situation like this after the elections that they won. Palestine today is an open-air prison," he said.
  • 'Turkey has embraced Iran, Hamas'

    06/04/2010 7:55:15 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 163+ views
    jpost ^ | 06/04/2010 23:36 | By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    A top Israel envoy criticized Turkey’s outreach to terror groups Friday, hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Hamas is not a terrorist organization. “Turkey has embraced the leaders of Iran and Hamas, all of whom called for Israel’s destruction,” declared Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren. “Our policy has not changed but Turkey’s policy has changed, very much, over the last few years,” he said. “Under a different government with an Islamic orientation, Turkey has turned away from the West.”
  • Allies Thwart America in Egypt

    08/20/2013 7:35:35 AM PDT · by kress · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 19, 2013 | Adam Entous, Charles Levinson, Ellen Knickmeyer
    Israel, Saudis and U.A.E. Support Military Moves The U.S.'s closest Middle East allies are undercutting American policy in Egypt, encouraging the military to confront the Muslim Brotherhood rather than reconcile, U.S. and Arab officials said. The parallel efforts by Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have blunted U.S. influence with Egypt's military leadership and underscored how the chaos there has pulled Israel into ever-closer alignment with those Gulf states, officials said. A senior Israeli official called the anti-Muslim Brotherhood nations "the axis of reason." The Obama administration first had sought to persuade Egyptian military leader Gen. Abdel Fattah...
  • Turkish Prime Minister: Israel Behind Egypt Coup

    08/20/2013 5:47:43 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 25 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 20 August 13 | Ari Soffer
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest comments entirely consistent with a history of anti-Semitic remarks and conspiracy theories. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Israel is behind the removal of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military. “Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence,” Erdogan declared to members of his party meeting in Ankara on Tuesday, according to the Turkish Today's Zaman.
  • Christians Stand with Military After Muslim Bros Church Burning Spree

    08/20/2013 3:41:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies ^ | 8/20/13 | Breitbart News
    Over 60 churches across Egypt have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers as conflict rages across the country. Nonetheless, Coptic Christians are now returning to their church in Minya, which was burned by raging Islamists. “This will learn us to be better Christians” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim. Fourteen churches in the area were burned in the past few days. In Minya, Christian churches have been slathered with black Xs to mark them for violence by Islamists.
  • As Egyptian Churches Are Put To the Torch, Obama’s Reputation Goes Up in Flames

    08/19/2013 9:20:50 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 8-18-13 | YOUSSEF IBRAHIM
    As church after church is put to the torch in Egypt by members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, one of the things that is going up in flames is the reputation of President Obama. In the past 48 hours alone, some 57 Egyptian churches have been burned to the ground in the Nile valley. It will not be lost on the Egyptians that Mr. Obama has spent the crisis playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard. Scores of Christians are being consumed in this conflagration, some burned beyond recognition defending their churches, even as Mr. Obama’s much-despised envoy in Egypt,...
  • Saudi Arabia Promises to Aid Egypt's Regime

    08/19/2013 9:07:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    nytimes ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | Rod Nordland
    Saudi Arabia has emerged as the foremost supporter of Egypt's military rulers, explicitly backing the violent crackdown on Islamists and using its oil wealth and diplomatic muscle to help defy growing pressure from the West to end the bloodshed in search of a political solution. As Europeans and the United States considered cutting cash aid to Egypt, Saudi Arabia said Monday that it and its allies would make up any reduction — effectively neutralizing the West's main leverage over Cairo.
  • Egypt: Coptic church cancels Sunday mass for 1st time in 1,600 years

    08/19/2013 8:08:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/19/13 | Michal Shmulovich
    Amid escalating violence against Egypt’s Copts, churches in Minya, located in upper Egypt, cancelled Sunday Mass for the first time in 1,600 years. Other churches in Minya also didn’t hold prayer services. "We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Degla, just south of Minya, told the al-Masry al-Youm daily. He said supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi destroyed the monastery, which includes three churches, one of which is an archaeological site. “One of the extremists wrote on the...
  • Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war after six hours looting church school...

    08/19/2013 4:56:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2013 | Staff
    Franciscan School looted and classrooms burned to the ground Nuns subjected to abuse as they were paraded through the streets Two Christians killed since government moved against protesters Dozens of churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians attacked A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority. Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda. The...
  • Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war

    08/19/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 4 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 19Aug13 | Mail Foreign Service
    A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority. Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda. The classrooms were then burned to the ground and the women taken away, attracting a crowd of abusive onlookers. Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • A Deadly Gamble: Egypt’s Salafists May Now Regret Support for the Military

    08/20/2013 4:31:53 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    A month ago, the Nour Party, the largest political group to emerge from the ultraconservative Salafist movement, was seen as Egypt’s kingmaker when it dramatically joined the military-led ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. They then proceeded to shape the interim government, vetoing a nominee for Prime Minister in the first week after Morsi was removed from power.
  • Coptic Pope Blasts Muslim Brotherhood, US, EU

    08/20/2013 6:00:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    (AINA) ^ | 18 Aug 13 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Since ex-president Morsy's ouster on July 3, attacks on Egyptian Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken place in most governorates across Egypt. These attacks have escalated since security forces ended the pro-Morsy protests in central Cairo on August 14th. During their 6-weeks of protests, Muslim Brotherhood leaders explicitly threatened to harm the Copts should they be forced to end their protests, which they vowed to prolong until Morsy is restored to power. "Over the past weeks we have witnessed an increasing trend of anti-Christian rhetoric calling for 'the attack upon and eradication of Christians and churches' in...
  • Saudis Warn the West: We Won’t Forget Your Stance on Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood

    08/20/2013 6:13:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/20/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – In a blunt warning to countries critical of the Egyptian military crackdown and considering suspending aid, longstanding U.S. ally Saudi Arabia suggested that the decisions they make now will have long-term consequences for their relationships in the Arab and Muslim world. Saudi Arabia has led the way in supporting the Egyptian military’s actions, first in removing the Muslim Brotherhood administration early last month and in its subsequent steps against supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Its warning came as policymakers in the U.S. and Europe mull the question of continuing financial assistance to Cairo following the...
  • 'Iron man' takes helm at Muslim Brotherhood after Egypt arrests leader

    08/20/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 20, 2013 | Ayman Mohyeldin, Correspondent, NBC News
    CAIRO - Egypt's embattled Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday named a hardline new "general guide" hours after authorities arrested the movement's senior leader, sources said. The temporary appointment of Mahmoud Ezzat, a 69-year-old doctor, came amid a deepening crackdown on the Islamist movement of ousted President Mohammed Mor Ezzat will be filling in for Mohammed Badie, 70, who was detained at an apartment in northeast Cairo early on Tuesday. His arrest followed the deaths of 25 police officers in a militant ambush in Sinai and a court ruling announcing the possibility that the jailed ex-President Hosni Mubarak could soon walk free...
  • In relentless campaign, Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader (Mohamed Badie)

    08/20/2013 9:26:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/2013 | Tom Perry and Shadia Nasralla
    Egypt's army-backed authorities detained the Muslim Brotherhood's leader on Tuesday, signaling their determination to crush the group and silence protests against the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The arrest of Mohamed Badie, 70, the Brotherhood's general guide, followed the bloody suppression of rallies demanding the reinstatement of Egypt's first freely elected president, who was toppled by the military last month. Egypt is enduring the worst internal strife in its modern history, with about 900 people killed, including 100 police and soldiers, after security forces broke up protest camps by Mursi's supporters in the capital on August 14. A spokesman...
  • Saudis Warn the West: We Won´t Forget Your Stance on Egypt

    08/20/2013 9:59:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    CNS news ^ | 8/20/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – In a blunt warning to countries critical of the Egyptian military crackdown and considering suspending aid, longstanding U.S. ally Saudi Arabia suggested that the decisions they make now will have long-term consequences for their relationships in the Arab and Muslim world. Saudi Arabia has led the way in supporting the Egyptian military’s actions, first in removing the Muslim Brotherhood administration early last month and in its subsequent steps against supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Its warning came as policymakers in the U.S. and Europe mull the question of continuing financial assistance to Cairo following the...
  • Christian churches, schools, institutions, shops torched by:Muslim Brotherhood in last 3 days

    08/20/2013 10:43:41 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies ^ | 08/17/2013 19:48
    At least 58 Christian churches, schools, institutions, homes and shops have been attacked, looted and torched over the last three days by the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president who was deposed on 3 July . On August 14 the army has tried to evict the sit-in of the Islamists in Rabaa El Nahda Square and Adaweya. In a wave of devastating violence, over 600 people were killed and thousands injured. But violent attacks were also carried out on Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical churches as well as the homes and shops of Christians, as we have...
  • The Lessons of History: Kristallnacht in Egypt

    08/20/2013 12:23:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 20, 2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    To embrace the Muslim Brotherhood is to endorse a direct descendant of the Nazi Party. As the military (with the support of secular groups that don’t want an Islamist state) battles the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Americans argue over how to react, we should look back at history to understand why we should support the military as the lesser of two evils and hope for its success. Those who know the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and see the murderous attacks it has launched on the homes, businesses, schools, and churches of Coptic Christians, who represent about 10 percent...
  • History of Coptic Christians in Egypt

    08/20/2013 1:53:22 PM PDT · by bluescape · 11 replies
    History of the Coptic Christians
  • Beleaguered Egyptian Christians express deep frustration with U.S. policies, actions

    08/20/2013 3:05:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 19, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Spokesman for Catholic bishops in Egypt: "Obama does not appear to understand the situation."August 19, 2013 03:08 EST By Carl E. Olson A military helicopter flies over clouds of smoke in Cairo, Egypt, on August 16th. (CNS photo/Louafi Larbi, Reuters) Italian journalist Alessandra Nucci, a contributor to CWR (who recently wrote this piece about Christians in Syria), sent me a note this morning about the violent and horrible events in Egypt. She stated that the reporting of the Western press, in general, "from Egypt is marred by the same one-sided superficiality as denounced by the Christians in Syria." She included her...
  • White House More Pro-Islamist On Egypt Than The Saudis

    08/20/2013 4:03:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Editorial
    Mideast: The new military government in Egypt that just deposed Islamist rule there isn't Islamic enough for the Obama administration. But Saudi Arabia, whose constitution is the Koran, is backing it. You might have thought the misguided human rights-based foreign policy practiced by Jimmy Carter was consigned to the historical ash heap during that fateful hour in January 1980 in which Ronald Reagan took the presidential oath and 52 U.S. hostages held 444 days left Iranian air space. Unfortunately, it is back in full action in the Obama Era. Instead of considering the dangers an Islamist regime in Cairo would...
  • Senator-obama, administration-secretly-suspended-military-aid-to-egypt.

    08/19/2013 9:24:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | Josh Rogin with helper
    The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup. After asserting this was not a coup has now decided to go with a temporarily press blitz attributing the spontaneous De-Morsification is connected directly to earlier ant-imam, video and California pure pork sausage sponsor, according to this leading U.S. senator. “The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a Coup, Embassy attack, Muslim fanatic rampage, Gun running grab, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the , designation has been...
  • Minya Churches Cancel Second Mass for First Time in 1,600 Years [Egypt]

    08/19/2013 7:41:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Egypt Indepenedent ^ | 8/19/13 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Minya churches canceled on Sunday the second mass, holding only a brief one. Meanwhile, prayers did not take place at other churches which were attacked. Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram monastery in Degla, south of Minya, said, “We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years.”
  • 63 Egyptian Christian Churches Looted, Torched or Attacked

    08/20/2013 3:27:31 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/17/2013 | HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press
    (The Evangelical Church of Malawi is left in ruins Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, after it was ransacked, looted and burned ..............) CAIRO (AP) — After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the...