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Friday’s Islamist ‘Uprising’ in Egypt Could Be Bloody
By Eric Trager

Although past ‘uprisings’ have been quickly snuffed out, the latest calls for mass protests have been more strategically savvy and explicitly violent than usual.

 

June 30 Committee Releases Report
By POMED

The committee tasked last year by interim President Adly Mansour with investigating the violent consequences of the June 30 uprising released its final report today in an international press conference. The report focused for the most part on the dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares, but it also featured sections considering violence on university campuses and violence faced by Coptic Christians.

 

The U.S. Policy to Defeat the Islamic State Is Doomed. Here’s How to Fix It.
By Noah Bonsey- FP

The current U.S. strategy to destroy the Islamic State is likely doomed to fail. In fact, it risks doing just the opposite of its intended goal: strengthening the jihadis' appeal in Syria, Iraq, and far beyond, while leaving the door open for the Islamic State to expand into new areas.

 

The Struggle to Erase Saudi Extremism
By Janet Breslin Smith and Caryle Murphy

The rise of the Islamic State has once again turned the spotlight on Saudi Arabia, which is accused of supplying the theological foundation of the movement’s brutal ideology, as well as many of its fighters and funders.

 

Muslim Brotherhood Fabricating Sex Tapes to Stir Trouble in Egypt
By Coptic Solidarity

Mohammed Tawfiq, a former leader of the Construction and Development party, recently asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood—which is banned as a terrorist organization in Egypt, Russia, Syria, and Saudi Arabia—has been using “porn actresses to stir up discord between Muslims and Christians ahead of November 28.”


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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