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No, Containing ISIL Is Not “Good Enough”
By Brad Taylor

Is the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) contained? And would that be good enough? Dr. Christopher Bolan of the U.S. Army War College seems to think so. He argued as much recently here at War on the Rocks. While Bolan’s line of reasoning is appealing to many Americans who are tired of costly foreign entanglements, both parts of his argument fall apart when subjected to scrutiny.

Brothers in Trouble?
By Eric Trager and Gavi Barnhard – Foreign Affairs

Gomaa Amin and the Future of the Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood spent 84 years toiling in Egypt’s opposition before winning power in June 2012 only to lose it 369 days later. It has been all downhill for the group since then. In the 14 months since the military responded to huge protests by toppling Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president, the group has faced an unrelenting crackdown that has practically decimated it as a political force in Egypt.

 

‘Egypt Working Group’ Presents Biased Views to President Obama
By Coptic Solidarity

The Working Group on Egypt sent President Obama a letter on September 24th, roundly criticizing him for meeting with Egyptian President, El-Sissi, on the sides of UNGA.  While Coptic Solidarity shares concerns regarding limitations on NGOs, free-speech, and religious minorities, the overall hypocrisy of the letter was astounding.

Proposals for Law to Reduce Restrictions on Building Churches in Egypt
By Al-Monitor

The houses of worship law awaits to be passed in the (yet to be elected) Egyptian parliament, but the problem lies in whether the government can enforce it amid the apprehensions of radical Salafists.

The unified houses of worship law, which regulates the construction of mosques and churches in Egypt, is still waiting for the parliament’s approval.

NGOs Condemn Cabinet Refusal to Include Women on ‘Legislative Reform Committee’
By Aya Samir – Cairo Post

The Egyptian Cabinet has refused a request made by NGO Nazra for Feminist Studies to allow women to join The Supreme Committee for Legislative Reform, drawing criticism from many of the country’s women’s rights groups.


JOIN THE OCT. 19 PROTEST AGAINST THE MASSACRE CARRIED BY EGYPT’S MILITARY FORCES AGAINST THE COPTS



 

When and Where: Wednesday, October 19.  Washington D.C. – In front of the Pennsylvania Av main gate of the White House from 11:00 to 04:00 p.m


Coptic Solidarity condemns the massacre by the Egyptian Military forces on Sunday October 9, 2011 against the peaceful demonstration by the Coptic community and the occasional Muslim supporters in front of the State TV headquarters, at Maspero, Cairo to protest the recent burning of a church in Aswan, southern Egypt. This unjustified aggression left 27 dead and over 300 persons wounded.  Military Security officers & soldiers initiated this barbaric and inhuman attack on this peaceful demonstration to silent the Copts. The military forces not only used live ammunition to kill the demonstrators but used their armored vehicles that they got from the USAID to deliberately crush Christians under their treads.


This is a new and most dangerous precedent in which the military forces carried out the attack while in the past it condoned such attacks when carried out by the mob that enjoyed total impunity.    Please join our peaceful demonstration to protest the barbaric attacks and oppressions, which are on a rapid increase both in frequency and in severity.

Please refer to the International Religious Freedom Report 2010, issued on Nov. 17, 2010 by the US Department of State for more information on the subject: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2010/148817.htm and the May 2011 report of the US Commission on Religious Freedom (USCRF) that moved Egypt to “CPC” (country of particular concern), that categories the worst countries that violate religious freedom Rights of its citizens.


Please join us, and invite others, in a peaceful demonstration to protest the oppression of the Copts in Egypt and all other minorities in the Middle East.  It is your MORAL OBLIGATION.


Buses will leave in front of St Mark Coptic Church, Fairfax, VA and St Moses Coptic Church, Ashburn, VA at 10:00 AM on Wednesday October 19, 2011.

For more information: Halim Meawad (1-240-644-5153), Magdi Khalil (1-202-725-3091)

Coptic Solidarity

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P.O. Box 1450 Centreville, VA 20122, U.S.A

 

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