Friday Prayers for Egypt: Absolute Peacefulness

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Absolute Peacefulness

God, Accusations circulate, trials continue, but the question remains: What is the relationship of the Muslim Brotherhood to violence? In response to the ongoing climate of terrorism, vandalism, and demonstrations-cum-clashes, the group put out a long statement asserting their ‘absolute peacefulness’. They have no relation to recent attacks, they said, and none of their members … Continue reading

Building Democratic Polity in the Face of Islamism

From The Immanent Frame, an article describing where democracy went wrong in Egypt, and doesn’t blame the Islamists. The author draws on James Madison’s assertion that factionalism cannot be destroyed without destroying freedom, and that the only path is to create democratic governmental mechanisms that prevent a certain faction from taking over the state. This, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coal and Lead

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coal and Lead

God, You have given humanity flesh and blood, the softest of elements. How easily they are damaged by substances harder, also of your creation. Be it self-destruction or directed, how frequently this occurs. Frequent power cuts and energy shortages are partially assuaged by coal substitution, polluting the air. Frequent protests and police presence are partially … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidate Sisi, 529

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidate Sisi, 529

God, The inevitable came right after the unthinkable. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi finally declared his candidacy for president and resigned from the army. Two days earlier an Egyptian court ruled 529 Morsi supporters worthy of the death penalty, implicated in the murder of a single police officer. Somewhat surprisingly, neither decision prompted massive demonstrations. But … Continue reading

Yalla Maadi Clean-Up Day

Yalla Maadi Clean-Up Day

Following the success of the January 25, 2011 revolution, Egypt witnessed a great wave of civic activism. One of the most popular manifestations was in campaigns to clean the city streets, often accompanied by vibrant artwork and pro-Egypt graffiti. But as the enthusiasm waned and the political situation became more and more polarized, citizens went … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judicial Independence

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judicial Independence

God, Not one conviction was levied against those who killed protestors during the January 25 revolution. This fact is still not yet fully explained, but raised questions of whether or not Egypt’s judicial system functions independently of the powers-that-be. These questions continue today. But this week a few Muslim Brotherhood members were found innocent of … Continue reading

Is a Third of the Sinai Lost?

Last week I offered excerpts from a report describing the amateur terrorism campaigns in the Nile Delta. Here are excerpts about the professionals, via Reuters: In a rare visit to eight villages in Northern Sinai last week, a Reuters reporter saw widespread destruction caused by army operations, but also found evidence that a few hundred … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prison Conditions

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Prison Conditions

God, Reports have been ample from Egyptian prisons with accounts of mistreatment, even torture. And this week smuggled video purported a look inside, picturing squalid conditions and cramped quarters. The government denies the veracity of these sources, insisting that after the revolution a commitment to human rights has reformed the system. A visit from the … Continue reading

The Nature of the Insurrection

From McClatchy, an article full of interesting anecdotes on the Islamist youth committing violence in the Nile Delta: In Sharqia province, which sits just between Cairo and the restive Sinai, eight police officers have been killed in just three weeks, each by a motorcyclist who pulled up to them in traffic and shot them, usually … Continue reading

The Good Earthquake

From Christianity Today’s Books and Culture section, oddly enough on UFOs and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. But this nugget is fascinating: Some of the environmental features increasingly understood as required for life to thrive can also, in certain settings, be catastrophic for life. Consider this: plate tectonics, responsible for horrific earthquakes, devastating countless lives, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rabaa and the Gulf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rabaa and the Gulf

God, Old events and new repercussions affected Egypt this week. The semi-independent National Council for Human Rights spoke publically about its fact-finding mission on the August 14 dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which several hundred died. Unrelated but poignant in timing, a row erupted in the Persian Gulf as … Continue reading