Do Egyptians Support ISIS? How about the Brotherhood?

Estimates say the number of Egyptian recruits in ISIS equal 8,000, perhaps 20-30 percent of their fighting force. A report indicates ISIS is in direct communication with Sinai-based terrorist groups to train in creating cells to attack security personnel. But while some say the ISIS mentality is present among Egyptians, especially in Upper Egypt, there … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Open, Closed, and Outlawed

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Open, Closed, and Outlawed

God, After a long delay, Egypt’s universities opened again, and with it a renewal of student protests. After a long tenure, the Carter Center closed its Egypt operations, claiming the nation was unlikely to move toward democratic governance. And after a long tolerance, the government formally outlawed the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, the mostly … Continue reading

Poverty and Politics in Ezbat al-Haggana

Poverty and Politics in Ezbat al-Haggana

As Egypt considers its coming parliament, discussed among pundits and politicians alike, actual voting power lies far off the beaten track in slums such as Ezbat al-Haggana. Nagwa Raouf, founder of the House of Blessing local charity, says two million people live there. “We have told the people, ‘Do not sell your vote, it is … Continue reading

Why Does Egypt Suffer Power Cuts?

Why Does Egypt Suffer Power Cuts?

Even into late September Cairo temperatures reached 100 degrees. Statistics show that 40 percent of energy demand comes from home consumption, and increased air conditioner use contributed to overloading the system. The one complaint about a recent article at the Middle East Institute on the energy crisis is that it does not describe the ‘how’ … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Threats

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Eid Threats

God, The streets are quiet as Egyptian Muslims remember the sacrifice of Abraham. They slaughter a sheep, celebrate with family, and have three or four days to relax and enjoy. Throughout the country there is calm, though some are trying to disrupt it. Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, the foremost terrorist group operating out of the Sinai, … Continue reading

The Case against Qatar

The Case against Qatar

A recent Foreign Policy investigative report details Qatari foreign policy. It describes a strategy of intervention-by-proxy, which keeps its hands clean officially while funneling money to groups it deems ideologically similar, that is, those they can trust. Primarily, this has been the Muslim Brotherhood and various activist Salafi factions. The article is long but worthy, … Continue reading

They Really Do Hate Us … at Least on Twitter

From AhramOnline, on research analyzing Twitter: In the case of Egypt, the researchers analyzed more than 2.2 million Arabic tweets that mentioned the United States and found just three percent could be termed pro-American, with 23 percent neutral and the majority critical of the United States. Ok, so they hate our foreign policy – no … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Narratives

God, In all that happened this week in Egypt, the impression is not nearly as strong as that received from summer catch-up. First I read the news, largely from Egyptian sources. One could not be happier for the progress in the country. But then I read the analysis, largely from Western sources. One could not … Continue reading

Pursuing Justice, by Ken Wytsma: A Review

Pursuing Justice, by Ken Wytsma: A Review

Subtitled, ‘the call to live and die for bigger things,’ Pursuing Justice hits the notes many Christians are beginning to hear, however faintly. Justice, argues Wytsma, is not an optional concern for those who follow God. It is his heartbeat, the expression of his desire to see his world put right – both for individuals … Continue reading

Christians Question Obama’s ISIS Strategy

Christians Question Obama’s ISIS Strategy

From my recent article in MENA Source: In his efforts to build a coalition to strike militarily Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama has been careful to avoid an overly religious discourse. Part of his appeal, however, is for the protection of Christians and other religious … Continue reading

An Apology to Egypt

I’m sorry, Egypt, and please accept my apology. Perhaps you will view this as only a half-apology, so allow me to give my excuses first. We were not here this summer, spending two months in the United States. It was a very nice time, but full of travel, conferences, and professional development. My computer crashed … Continue reading

A Sufi Sheikh and the Fine Line of anti-Semitism

A Sufi Sheikh and the Fine Line of anti-Semitism

From my article at Arab West Report, from before Egyptian presidential elections but pertinent now with the escalation in Gaza: Arab West Report, Editor-in-Chief Cornelis Hulsman recently highlighted the mutual recourse to anti-Semitic accusations on the part of both opponents and supporters of the current government. He referenced research complied by MEMRI, in which General … Continue reading