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Stop Dithering, Confront ISIS
By John McCain and Lindsey Graham

After more than three years, almost 200,000 dead in Syria, the near collapse of Iraq, and the rise of the world’s most sinister terrorist army — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has conquered vast swaths of both countries — President Obama’s admission this week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with this threat is startling. It is also dangerous.

82% of Egyptians Happy with Sisi's Performance: Poll
By Aswat Masriya

Eighty days have passed since former army general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected as Egypt's president, and already 82 percent of Egyptians are happy with his performance, according to a Baseera poll.

Baseera, the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research, said in a poll released on Sunday that only eight percent of the sample it interviewed over the phone said they were unhappy with the new president's performance. Ten percent of the sample said they couldn't identify their position.

To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help
By John Kerry

The Threat of ISIS Demands a Global Coalition

 

In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force.

Congressional Delegation Visits Sisi; Assured of Elections by Year's End
By POMED

A congressional delegation consisting of members of the Congressional Black Caucus, led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), met with President Sisi for a conversation on Egypt’s future and Egypt's transitional roadmap.

Other delegates included Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX, Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), and several congressional aides. 

Topics included Egypt's dire economic conditions and the challenges posed to the country by poor infrastructure.

Additionally, Sisi insisted his government was making progress towards implementing the steps of the roadmap, and he assured the members of the delegation that parliamentary elections would be held by the end of the year. 

The same delegation met today with Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhi in order to discuss mutual concerns about stability and security in the region.

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy
By Behlul Ozkan - NYT

Mr. Davutoglu fervently believed that the Arab Spring had finally provided Turkey with a historic opportunity to put these ideas into practice. He predicted that the overthrown dictatorships would be replaced with Islamic regimes, thus creating a regional “Muslim Brotherhood belt” under Turkey’s leadership.

In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems.


Coptic Solidarity Second Annual Conference _2011

 

PR Newswire – for immediate release

Policy Education Day July 8 & 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an important show of support to the Copts as they, and Egypt, go through difficult times, eight U.S. Congressmen addressed a Policy Education Day organized by Coptic Solidarity on July 8. Altogether, some thirty five speakers took part in the two-day event, including policy experts, human rights and legal experts and representatives of several Middle Eastern minorities and indigenous communities. The conference, held under the theme of "Will Religious and Ethnic Minorities Pay the Price of the 'Arab Spring'?", discussed such issues as the geopolitics of the Copts in Egypt; democracy prospects in Egypt; respect of human and minority rights; persecution before and after the Arab Spring; Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists and the Copts; aid to Egypt; building alliances; role of the media; and the Coptic Youth in the Revolt and in the diaspora.

 

 

 

 

Key among the conference's resolutions:

Work in close alliance and coordination with genuine democratic, liberal and secular civil society forces in Egypt in order to save the country from the drastic consequences of falling under the control of a regime based on totalitarian religious ideologies;

Help the international community understand the strategic, long-term, negative impact of misunderstanding the nature of, or flirting with, the forces of religious fascism trying to dominate Egypt and the region;

Call upon the international community to tie any aid to Egypt to the country's abiding, constitutionally and legally, by its commitment to international human rights conventions and treaties; and to ear mark part of the aid to compensate victims of religious hate crimes.

Join hands with other N.E. religious minorities and indigenous communities to form a new regional organization that upholds values of secularism and human rights in the area;

Actively support the passage of resolutions H.R. 440 and S. 1245, on the appointment of a special envoy on religious freedom of N.E. religious minorities.

 

The Christian Copts are the native religious community of Egypt, descended from ancient Egyptians. They number around 15 million, including a large diaspora with more than half a million strong community of American Copts.

The Copts have been subjected to aggression and discrimination in Egypt at the hands of extremists and colluding authorities. Since the fall of Mubarak's authoritarian regime, the Coptic and other minority communities face an uncertain future shadowed by the prospect of a Muslim Brotherhood dominated government in the near future.

Coptic Solidarity is an INGO seeking to support of the Coptic community in Egypt and the protection of the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians.

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