Islamic State In Iraq And Syria (ISIS) Forces Poll Tax (Jizya) On Christians Of Al-Raqqa/Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which controls the city of Al-Raqqa, announced that it had signed a "Security" pact with the Christian residents of Al-Raqqa in return for their embracing the laws of dhimma – protection.

Arabic File from Islamic State

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Egypt’s Musical Chairs

The hesitancy of Mr Sisi to commit himself to a presidential bid suggests that Egypt’s army remains wary of taking ownership of the country’s myriad problems.

The abrupt resignation of Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi’s government on February 24th, after just seven months in office, perplexed not only ordinary citizens. Seasoned analysts scratched their heads. Several outgoing ministers also expressed bafflement about their sudden departure, which comes just months before expected elections for a new president and parliament that will necessitate the naming of yet another new cabinet.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the State: 'A Fresh Start'?

Is it possible to reach an agreement with the outlawed Brotherhood?

 

Last October, political scientist Hassan Nafaa sent a proposal to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) detailing how the government could broker a truce with the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies and put a stop to the political violence gripping the country.

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'Investigate Lethal Bus Attack on Civilians in Sinai,' Says HRW

Prosecute armed groups responsible for bus bombing. Such wanton killings are never justified, no matter what the political or other purpose.

 

Egyptian authorities should ensure a full, speedy and effective investigation into the February 16, 2014 bombing of a tourist bus in the Sinai Peninsula that killed four civilians.

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Prelate: Extremists in Libya Are Targeting Christians

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli has told the Fides news agency that the Libya extremists who have become stronger in the wake of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi are targeting Christians.

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