To many Egyptians fed up with the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most appealing aspects of President Sisi has been his outspokenness concerning the need for a more modern, moderate Islam. Yet what has he done to realize this goal since becoming president? “Absolutely nothing,” says one prominent Egyptian journalist, Ibrahim Eissa. Speaking recently on his TV show, Eissa said:
Coptic Solidarity has just launched a new fundraiser on Crowdrise which will enable us to continue our critical advocacy and awareness work on behalf of persecuted Copts and other minorities.
Mina Thabet, founder of the People’s Initiative Party, has warned that cases of Coptic abduction and ransoming against huge sums of money are on the rise in the Minya Governorate. These acts of terror have indeed turned into a source of profit for thugs and terrorists.
UNESCO director, Irina Bokova, accorded an interview to the Figaro magazine, following her recent visit to Iraq, in which she underlines the following are key highlights:
The Middle East is at a turning point. After long years of peaceful co-existence among a variety of ethnic & religious minorities (Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, Kurds ...) the arrival in force of the Islamic State
The ‘Justice and Development Organization for Human Rights’ confirmed that ISIS’s expansion has stepped up the Salafi push for an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East - in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya - as a prelude to the expulsion of the Christian populations from their countries of origin.
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.