Some Wary of Black-Listing Egypt for Rights Violations

Human rights activists, clergy believe designation would be counter-productive.

By Wayne King

CAIRO, Egypt, May 5 (Compass Direct News) – Placing Egypt on a U.S. State Department list that penalizes countries for their lack of religious freedom would be a mistake, according to some Egyptian human rights activists and Christian leaders.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued its annual report on April 28, recommending that Egypt be placed on the list of “Countries of Particular Concern,” or CPCs. While many in Egypt agree with the report’s assertion that religious persecution and sectarian violence are serious issues in Egypt, some said the designation would be counterproductive and would give the burgeoning government a black eye before it has a chance to address the issues.


Osama death proves Pakistan sanctuary for terrorists: Govt

India on Monday said that the killing of global terrorist Osama bin Laden "deep inside Pakistan" was a matter of grave concern as it underlines New Delhi's apprehension that terrorists belonging to different organisations find sanctuary in that country. "We take note with grave concern that part of the statement in which President Obama said that the fire fight in which Osama Bin Laden was killed took place in Abbotabad 'deep inside Pakistan'.

The Triumph of Sectarianism in Upper Egypt
By Mary Abdelmassih 

(AINA) -- Between the April 14 appointment of the Christian Major General Emad Mikhail as governor of the southern province of Qena and the Prime Minister's decision on April 25 to suspend his appointment for a three months period, "Egypt lived through the biggest and most dangerous political and sectarian crisis in its modern history. Although no blood was shed and no clashes between Muslims and Christians took place, the 'civil state' was put to a difficult test -- which it failed miserably," wrote journalist Mohamed Hamdy in an article for the daily newspaper Youm7.

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The Arab Upheaval: Egypt's Islamist Shadow

by Cynthia Farahat

Will the Muslim Brotherhood seize power in Egypt? This often repeated question, or rather fear, assumes that the Islamist organization does not already wield power yet may be able to hijack the largely secular revolution owing to its superior organization, tight discipline, and ideological single mindedness.[1]

In fact, this situation already exists. For while the Muslim Brotherhood does not formally or organizationally rule Egypt, it has ideologically controlled the country for nearly sixty years since the overthrow of the monarchy by the July 1952 coup d'état (euphemized as the "July Revolution"). The real question, then, is not whether the Muslim Brotherhood will seize power but whether it will continue to hold it, either directly or by proxy.
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Shariah Will Dominate: Islamists Outwit the West

 "Democracy is Evil and anti Islamic" Assad Elepty



It is less than three months after the momentous Egyptian revolution, and it is patently clear democracy will not be the future path of Egypt. Islamists have seized the moment and are determined to dictate the road for transition. Despite the denials from the military, the evidence overwhelmingly proves Field Marshal Tantawi has aided the Islamists in a secret treaty.

Christians flee from coming Shariah law
Muslim overthrow of African nations leaves Copts terrified

Assad Elepty
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood says they want to institute Shariah law, while intelligence sources report al-Qaida is now staging attacks in the nation, prompting Egypt's Coptic Christians to believe that they'll soon be driven from their homeland.

International Christian Concern's Aidan Clay says the Copts' attitude has gone from uncertainty to fear. That fear is driving many Coptic Christians to try to leave Egypt.

Brotherhood Lies, deception and perversion "Taqqiya" 

Assad Elepty

The official "Fact finding Commission" report into the Egyptian revolution has been released. The findings have been reported on by numerous media outlets.

These reports are all consistent, and confirm the Former interior Minister Habib Adely gave the order to use live ammunition and Mubarak denied any involvement. There is absolutely no mention of Mubarak's Sons in any of these reports.



Egypt's revolution; Staggering in the right direction

Ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his sons are detained

SEVERAL other would-be revolutions in the Middle East have stalled or descended into civil war. But the biggest so far, in Egypt, is still going strong and also remains mostly peaceful. On April 13th Egyptian police detained the country’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, as well as his two sons. The Mubaraks face a possible trial on charges of corruption and abuse of power, a humiliation unprecedented for a former leader not only in Egypt, but across the wider Arab world. home 

Egypt will see this revolution through

Finally, Hosni Mubarak and his sons have been arrested, but the military council must work hard to restore Egyptians' confidence

Egyptian protesters outside the Sharm el Sheikh International Hospital where Hosni Mubarak was admitted. Photograph: Str/EPA

If there is one feature that would best describe the popular uprising in Egypt that turned into a full-fledged revolution it is sheer perseverance. Since the start of protests on 25 January and even after the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February, Egyptians have been demanding that Mubarak and his men be prosecuted and justice be served.

What is a Salafi 

Assad Elepty

Post Egyptian revolution, the Muslim brotherhood has sought to shield them selves from accusations of criticism by allowing Salafists to take the lead on the streets and push their agenda. Today we read that Salafists are quickly menacing society, making extremists threats and using the tactics of the Muslim Brotherhood of Old.

"Democracy" or the battle for supremacy in Islam.

Assad Elepty

2011 has seen unprecedented uprisings in the Islamic Arab world. The upheaval commenced in Tunisia then moved to Egypt. All the time we admired the brave youth in their quest for democracy. The educated modern youth sought to replicate western style democracy free from the shackles of religious interference.
Whilst Egypt raged in the early days of the revolution the uprisings quickly spread to Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria.

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No 'Revolution' for Egypt's Christians

by Raymond Ibrahim

On March 5, Muslims attacked, plundered, and set ablaze an ancient Coptic church in Sool, a village near Cairo, Egypt. Afterwards, throngs of Muslims gathered around the scorched building and pounded its walls down with sledge hammers—to cries of "Allahu Akbar!" Adding insult to injury, the attackers played "soccer" with the relic-remains of the church's saints and martyrs and transformed the desecrated church into a mosque (a live example of history, which witnessed countless churches seized and transformed into mosques). As a result of Christian girls being abducted and raped and overall terrorization of the Coptic community, thousands fled the village. (See this letter to Egypt's military leadership signed by twenty congressmen discussing this and similar anecdotes.)

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Egypt: Does the Revolution Include the Copts?

Two domes of a church at night, courtesy of Bakar_88/flickr 
St Mark Church, Cairo

Sectarian clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians highlight the recurring question about what role Copts will play in the new Egyptian political system. Can the new generation that waves signs with both cross and crescent in Tahrir Square help reduce the violence?

By Nelly van Doorn-Hard for openDemocracy

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US feared British 'sharia banks' would finance terrorist groups

Britain's enthusiastic support for "sharia banking" raised concerns in Washington that the City of London could become a centre of terrorist funding, leaked documents show.

To comply with Islamic law, Sharia banks' financial products do not pay or charge interest, and the banks cannot invest in alcohol, tobacco or gambling firms 

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Christian-Muslim tension in Egypt: religious freedom must prevail

While the world remains focused on how Egypt’s court of public opinion drove an autocrat from power, an Egyptian court of law recently rendered a verdict that is dismaying for those seeking a more democratic future.

A Christian cleric makes a speech as people demonstrate in front of the Egyptian Television building to protest the torching of a church in the village of Sol in Atfeeh, south of Cairo March 7, 2011. (PETER ANDREWS - REUTERS)

MB History and Agenda for Beginners


Assad Elepty

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is also known as:

“Hizb al Ikhwan al Muslimeen” - The party of the Muslim Brothers or

“Jamaat al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun” - Society of the MB.

MB is a fundamentalist international organization or organizations originating in Egypt. MB goals are the conversion of Muslim countries into states ruled by Sha'aria (Shariah) law, the re-establishment of the Caliphate and ultimately, world dominion.

Muslim Brotherhoods Rejection of Reform.

Persecution of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, (July 10, 1943 – July 5, 2010, Cairo) was an Egyptian Qur'anic thinker and one of the leading liberal theologians in Islam. He is famous for his project of a humanistic Qur’anic hermeneutics.

Zayd suffered major religious persecution for his views on Qur'an.
In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of full professor, but Islamic controversies about his academic work led to a court decision of apostasy and the denial of the appointment.

Classified security files turning up on Facebook

Egypts dirty Secrets.


If you thought wikileaks caused damage to some governments around the world,

they are no comparison to the documents salvaged by protestors when egypt's hated and despised security officers attempted to destroy the evidence.

For all those that read arabic many of the documents are posted on face book and twitter,much to the embarrassment of the egyptian government and a leading Islamic cleric.

The video ( ) shows the state security building under siege, on fire, with many security officers jumping to their deaths to escape the smoke and fire. WARNING IT IS GRAPHIC.

The army is clearly worried and has "begged" for the documents to be returned in the name of national security.


Tribute to Pope Cyril VI: A Coptic Saint

A Light for our modern times

by Ed Rizkalla

This March 9th, 2011 commemorates the memorial for the departure of Pope Cyril VI, one of the most beloved Popes of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Egypt, a 20th century aesthetic, a spiritual father for many contemporary Copts, and a saint with well-attested God-given prophecies and miracles. The writer would like to take this opportunity to offer thanks, all honor and glory to the ONE Triune God of all creation, and a tribute to His faithful servant and saint Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria. May Christ the Lord grant us all His peace, grace and blessings through the prayers and intercessions offered on our behalf by Pope Cyril VI and all His saints.

Copts in Egypt are begging for Egyptian Armed Forces protection today after a Muslim mob of several thousand attacked their church in the village of Soul, about 30 kilometers from Cairo, last night. The Church of St. Mina and St. George was torched, and its clergy are unaccounted for. The fire department and security forces failed to respond to Coptic pleas for help during the arson attack.

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