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Amr Darrag on the Brotherhood’s Mistakes, Sort of

Amr Darrag on the Brotherhood’s Mistakes, Sort of

From my recent article at Egypt Source: During the lead-up to the June 30 protests demanding early elections through the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins, several Brotherhood members spoke in vague terms of their ‘mistakes.’ It was a conciliatory gesture of sorts, admitting Morsi’s less than stellar performance but arguing this was not enough … Continue reading

Where Fur Meets Faith

Where Fur Meets Faith

Since I began contributing articles to Christianity Today my name and email have been linked into a database used by many to promote their cause, article idea, new book, or, in this case… canine apparel. I can unsubscribe anytime I’d like, but every once in a while interesting things come across the board. This one, … Continue reading

An Unfortunate Song with a Catchy Tune

An Unfortunate Song with a Catchy Tune

This popular Egyptian song by Ali al-Haggar is titled ‘We are a People’. It was created around the time of the military action to remove President Morsi from power, showing scenes from the protests against him. Fair enough, but the lyrics do not stop at the title. The refrain continues ‘… and you are a … Continue reading

Another Coup, A Salafi Hope

Another Coup, A Salafi Hope

From my recent article in Egypt Source: In order to reverse a coup d’état, Egypt needs a coup d’état. This, in brief, is the solution to Egypt’s crisis offered by Hani Fawzi, general secretary of the Cairo-based Salafi Asala Party. It must be prompted, however, by massive protests. No longer simply the domain of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

God, Perhaps the United States felt she needed to take a stand. Perhaps this is a new wrinkle in an old story of feigned antagonism. Perhaps she backs the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps she backs democracy. Perhaps she is against the killing of protestors. Perhaps she is muddled and has little idea of how to engage … Continue reading

What Happens if US Aid to Egypt is Cut?

As the US administration has decided to suspend some foreign military assistance to Egypt, consider this article from Reuters, carried by Ahram Online, from a few weeks previous: Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, said he hoped the Obama administration reached a decision soon on whether to continue $1.23 billion … Continue reading

Revolution and Happiness

To those young men and women and idealists of all sorts who looked longingly at the first wave of the Arab Spring: Here, courtesy of the United Nations via Ahram Online, is a sobering statistic: A report published by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has listed Egypt as the 130th most happy nation … Continue reading

An Egyptian Prayer of Fear

An Egyptian Prayer of Fear

Sometimes it is hard to pray for Egypt. Every Friday I seek to semi-summarize events of the week and reflect on what God would desire as Egypt’s best. This becomes harder because I don’t want these to be my prayers, but something all Egyptians – Muslims and Christians, of all political stripes – can pray … Continue reading

Brief Portraits of Egyptian Atheism

Brief Portraits of Egyptian Atheism

From Egypt Independent, on a very taboo subject in which some have given their full name and testimony: Those who have come out publicly as atheists have been not only isolated by their friends and families, but also society in general. However, others who turn down their familial religion have faced many worse trials than … Continue reading

What Path will Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Choose?

Three options are presented in an excellent and thorough analysis from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I will excerpt the conclusions for each, but the whole article is worth reading. If you would like to skip over the quotations for my brief commentary, please scroll down to the end. First, on the possibility of … Continue reading

Worrisome Indications of Egypt’s Future

Most people I have interacted with since our return to Cairo are very positive about the nation’s future. They are glad to see Morsi go, the Brotherhood discredited, and though they anticipate a few hiccups from disgruntled Islamists, they expect a return to stability and normalcy within a few months. Here are two voices which … Continue reading

Obama at the UN: As Seen by an Egyptian

Obama at the UN: As Seen by an Egyptian

Many Egyptians believe the United States is deeply involved in their nation’s affairs. Some believe because of strong military ties, President Obama was behind the removal of President Morsi. Others believe because of a State Department search for a new reliable partner to do their bidding, President Obama was behind the ascent of the Muslim … Continue reading