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Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
By Daniel Philpott - Aleteia

Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East — and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it.  Last month, journalist Kirsten Powers wrote in USA Today that President Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.”  Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Gets a Facelift
By Eric Trager and Marina Shalabi – Foreign Affairs

The Movement's Young Leaders Turn Revolutionary to Stay Relevant.. The Muslim Brotherhood’s “Office for Egyptians Abroad” is working to strengthen the organization’s relationships with other exiled oppositionists.






ISIL Now Controls 50 Percent of Syria’s Landmass
By WorldTribune

After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is now said to control 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


“There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said. “But the important thing also is they now control 50 percent of Syria.”


Egyptian Judge Tells Christian: ‘Unacceptable for Christians to Testify Against Muslims’
By Raymond Ibrahim

True to the medieval teachings of Islam—in this case, that an “infidel” Christian’s testimony against a Muslim is null and void in (a Sharia) court—the following letter was recently published on Arabic media demonstrating that little has changed in Egypt:



Egypt Two Years After Morsi
By Samuel Tadros

Testimony in front of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on 20 May 2015







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.


The Telegraph

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