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Did Someone Say ‘Conquest’?: Turkey’s Ottoman Obsession
By Burak Bekdil -
Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey’s terrible miscalculation in Syria has pushed its foreign policy rhetoric from "shallow arrogance" to "defensive bewilderment." Over the past five years, Ankara has claimed that "Syria, Palestine and Egypt [and other former Ottoman territories] are Turkey's domestic affairs."

 

Egypt’s NGO Laws Continue to Threaten Civil Society
By Ahmed Naje – TIMEP

In a paid advertisement published in Al-Ahram newspaper in September 2014, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity extended the deadline for NGOs to register with the government. This announcement extended the existing deadline by 45 days to mid-November; a July 2014 announcement had indicated that all NGOs must be registered with the government by September otherwise they will be subject to prosecution.

 

Humiliation Replaces Fear for the Women Kidnapped by IS 

By Annabell Van den Berghe -The Guardian

Widow with child sold for marriage after raiding Isis militants shot her husband and took them into captivity

 

Human Rights Watch believes hundreds of women, many of them Yazidi, are being sold into forced marriages by IS: video

 

ISIS Fighters ‘Crucify’ 17-Year-Old Boy in Syria
By Heather Saul -The Independent

Isis fighters have reportedly executed a 17-year-old boy and left his body on display on a cross in Syria.

 

Pictures being shared online show a banner attached to the teenager's chest saying the boy has been crucified for taking photos of Isis military bases, as well as receiving "500 Turkish lira" for any footage taken.

 

‘Advice and Guidance’ Sessions in Religious Conversion Should Rsume; but Remain Painkiller, Not Treatment
By Youssef Sidhom - Watani

The recent incident of the Gabal al-Teir Coptic woman who went missing for 25 days and was declared by the security officials to have converted to Islam has raised several alarming questions. The 40-year-old mother of five is now back home with her family and insists she never converted but, as I wrote last week, this does not mean the curtain has been drawn on the incident.

 

A non-biased investigation is needed into the brutal police response to the wrathful protest of the Coptic villagers against police failure—rather, inaction—to find the missing woman and bring her home.

 


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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