Motivated by the Islamic State's calls to strike the West, home-grown terrorists are becoming a real threat on the domestic front, counter-terrorism experts say.
The Interior Ministry announced Thursday eligibility requirements for the recently-designated job of security assistant, initially referred to by media as "community police."
The High Council for Cyber-Security was established by the prime minister this week
Egyptian activists are concerned that a new government body set up to fight potential cyber-attacks represents an entrenchment of a security approach to digital information.
President Obama spoke with Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi (Thursday) to discuss the U.S.-Egyptian bilateral relationship and developments within the region.
As the West experiences a rise in the sort of terror attacks that are endemic to the Islamic world—church attacks, sex-slavery and beheadings—it is only natural that thesame mainstream media that habitually conceals such atrocities “over there,” especially against Christians and other minorities under Islam, would also conceal the reality of jihadi aspirations “over here.”
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC)
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: ***
Kathy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
Nina Shea – Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
Dina Guirguis – Egyptian American democracy activist, attorney, and member, Egyptian American Rule of Law Association
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.
Frank R. Wolf James P. McGovern Member of Congress Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.