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Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia
By Thomas L. Friedman - NYT

Nothing has been more corrosive to the stability and modernization of the Arab world, and the Muslim world at large, than the billions and billions of dollars the Saudis have invested since the 1970s into wiping out the pluralism of Islam (..) and imposing in its place the puritanical, anti-modern, anti-women, anti-Western, anti-pluralistic Wahhabi Salafist brand of Islam.

 

 

 

When Did Egypt’s Protest Law Collapse?
By Ziad Bahaa-Eldin

Laws become obsolete in various ways. Sometimes as a new law repeals an older one or a court overturns a statute as unconstitutional. Other times, society nullifies it in practice by forgetting, tacitly agreeing to ignore it, or when it rises up and rejects it en masse. But on occasion, a law becomes ineffective when its application yields such contradictory and absurd consequences that it comes to be seen it as incompatible with justice.

 

 

Egypt Appoints Female Judge as Aide to Justice Minister
By Al-Ahram

Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council has agreed to assign a female judge as an aide to the justice minister Ahmed El-Zend following a request from the minster himself.

 

 

 

Egypt to Form Independent Committee to Investigate High School Student’s Claims
By Ahram Online

Student Mariam Malak says her failure to get any marks in her exams is suspicious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How the US Can Stop ISIS Without Setting Foot in Syria
By Tony Cartalucci

Increasingly difficult to cover-up or spin, it is becoming apparent even in Western media coverage that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is not sustaining its fighting capacity from within Iraq or Syria, but rather through supply lines that lead to and from adjacent nations. These nations include Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and most obviously, NATO-member Turkey.

 

 


Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)

Hearing:

Under Threat: The Worsening Plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 334 Cannon HOB

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on threats to religious freedom in Egypt, including, the worsening plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.  At a time when the world’s attention is on Egypt as it undergoes historic but tumultuous political change, it is important that the U.S. continue to shine the spotlight on the difficulties confronting religious minorities in the country.  Egypt is on the cusp of a new era but the transition to a democratic society means more than just holding elections.  It means that basic freedoms—such as the freedom of religion— are protected.

The Coptic Christian community, which traces its origins back 2,000 years and is the largest religious minority in Egypt today, is under assault.  Churches have been bombed and citizens have been attacked while the Egyptian government seemingly encourages a culture of impunity for those responsible for these acts of violence.  This hearing will address the continued discrimination and physical threats to the Coptic community and consider how the United States can better support religious freedom.

We will hear from the following witnesses: ***

Panel 1:

Kathy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel 2:

Nina Shea – Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute

Dina Guirguis – Egyptian American democracy activist, attorney, and member, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

Panel 3:

Adel Guindy - President, Coptic Solidarity International

Cynthia Farahat – Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher

Raymond Ibrahim – Middle East specialist and Associate fellow, Middle East Forum

***Witness list subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact Kalinda Stephenson (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-5136 or Mike McVicker (Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599.

Frank R. Wolf                             James P. McGovern Member of Congress                  Member of Congress

Co-Chair, TLHRC                        Co-Chair, TLHRC

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