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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.

 

 


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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