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Support for Egypt’s War Against Terrorism Essential, But Need Not Preclude Human Rights - Says Coptic Solidarity
By PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly supports President El-Sisi's declared war on terrorism to combat Islamist forces intent on impeding a stable and prosperous future for Egypt. The necessary combatting of terrorism, however, need not, and must not, inhibit the advancement of equal rights for all Egyptians.

 

Jeb Bush: Sisi Is One of Few Arab Leaders Willing to Stand up Against Islamic Terrorists
By Jamie Weinstein – The Daily Caller

Bush sees Egypt as a “great case” study in what he perceives as the Obama administration’s lack of grand strategy in foreign policy

 

What would the foreign policy look like in a third Bush presidency?

 

 

 

 

When Policies Collide: Security, Democracy and Re-Arming Egypt
By Jeff Goodson

The use of foreign aid as a tool of peace and a weapon of war is as old as foreign aid itself. But aid as a foreign policy tool has its limits. Those limits were tested again in 2013 when the Obama administration froze most U.S. military assistance to Egypt in an attempt to compel changes in democratic governance. In March 2015, after 17 months, the White House lifted the freeze. This whole episode demonstrates what happens when U.S. democracy policy collides headlong with U.S. security policy.

 

Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance
By NPR (via AINA)

Christians living through Syria's civil war face a new threat as an Islamist rebel alliance surges in the country's north. Today, in the heaviest fighting for months, the Islamist alliance launched an attempt to seize the key city of Aleppo from government forces. With backing from U.S. allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, this rebel coalition fights both the Syrian regime and the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. But the coalition has extremists in its own ranks who have mistreated Christians and forced them out of their homes.

A Bloody Friday in Ramadan
By Eyad Abu Shakra - Asharq Al-Awsat

It is up to Muslims – particularly, Arabs – either to ignore the bitter truth and so leave the disease to get worse until it turns fatal, or to admit its existence as a first step to radically treating it. (..) The time for excuses and apologies has long gone; and what we need now is radical solutions.

 

Last Friday was indeed a painful and sad day in the month of Ramadan, yet it is no more sufficient to merely express sorrow and abhorrence and call for national unity. As targeting mosques and murdering innocent people continue, all talk may be both useless and meaningless.

 

 


Hearing on Future of Christians in Egypt


The U.S. Helsinki Commission, held a hearing on the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt and the political future of the country, with a special focus on the issue of "kidnapped Coptic girls."


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