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‘Kidnapping,’ Forced Conversion and Collective Punishment Haunt Egypt's Copts
By Lauren Gunias - WWM

Ongoing lack of state protection for Egyptian Christians 

 

It’s been two months since Coptic Christians in an Upper Egypt village endured a traumatic sequence of events ending in heavy police abuse. The victims still have not received any justice from the state security authorities who broke the law and violated its citizen’s human rights.

 

After Fierce Crackdown, Egypt’s Brotherhood Struggles to Survive
By Yaroslav Trofimov - WSJ

Though Much Weakened, the Muslim Brotherhood Still Represents a Major Thrust of Public Opinion in the Arab world’s Largest Country

 

Outside Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, few signs remain of one of Egypt’s bloodiest massacres: the killing of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters by security forces 15 months ago.

 

“Islamic Revolution” in Egypt to Start on November 28th
By Middle East Briefing

Egypt is heading for a two-month period that will be particularly messy. Al Jabha Al Salafiah (The Salafi Front-SF)—a radical Jihadist organization—has declared the 28th of November as the “first day” of the Islamic revolution in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is showing again its ability to use other Islamists in a planned division of labor to achieve specific political goals, all the while preserving its margin of deniability.

 

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?
By AymennJawad Al-Tamimi

The international coalition- led by the U.S.- against the Islamic State [IS], with additional American airstrikes targeting the ‘Khorasan’ al-Qa’ida group in Syria (in reality just al-Qa’ida veterans from the Afghanistan-Pakistan embedded with Syria’s al-Qa’ida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra [JN])- has prompted media speculation of a wider truce, alliance or even merger between IS and JN.

 

Pressure Mounts on Pakistan to Curb Muslim Hate Speech
By AntoAkkara - aleteia

“The blatant abuse of the blasphemy law (often to settle personal and property disputes) must be checked,” the priest said.  

 


Thousands of Egyptian Christians Mourn the Death of Pope Shenouda III

An estimated 100,000 Coptic Christians in Egypt have queued to pay respects to their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III who has died aged 88.

Thousands of mourners filed past their spiritual leader's dead body as it sat in the papal chair during a vigil inside Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral on Sunday.

Pope Shenouda's body was placed in a coffin before being seated on the ceremonial throne dressed in an embroidered robe and golden mitre.

The pope died on Saturday after suffering from cancer and had lead Egypt's Church for forty years.

The religious head sought to soothe sectarian tension during his tenure at the top of Egypt's Orthodox Church, but saw increasing flare-ups in the majority Muslim nation in the final months of his life.

Around 10 per cent of Egypt's population are Coptic Christians, making them the Middle East's largest Christian minority with 80 million followers.

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The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9151484/Thousands-of-Egyptian-Christians-mourn-the-death-of-Pope-Shenouda-III.html

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