Where Credit is Due

Where Credit is Due

Two years ago I wrote about Egypt and her struggle to return to normal. Protests were still being waged on the streets, as terrorism assaulted the post-Morsi regime. But that article featured also the mundane. A foot bridge was repaired by local authorities in the Maadi neighborhood of Cairo, but for a long time left … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Red Sea Verdict

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Red Sea Verdict

God, The court has spoken, and the land is Egyptian. Perhaps. Months ago the president and the Saudi king concluded an agreement that included return of sovereignty over two small islands in the Red Sea. Opponents called it an illegal transfer, as Egyptians died in war defending their home soil. This week the High Administrative … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Law, Left and Letter

God, The law carries many meanings, but among them is license. Neither state nor citizen may act as they wish; the law – in principle – standardizes behavior. In Egypt, two laws in particular are illustrative. God, may the proper lessons be both learned and applied. Several weeks ago the parliament passed a controversial draft … Continue reading

Creative Solutions to Sexual Crime

Creative Solutions to Sexual Crime

Official Egyptian statistics departments have recently published sobering numbers concerning domestic violence: At least 18 percent of adult Egyptian women have reportedly experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of family members or close acquaintances in 2015, according to official estimates by Egypt’s Economic Cost of Gender Based Violence Survey (ECGBVS), published in June … Continue reading

Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?

Arabs: Disproportionate Troublemakers or Victims?

Here is a sobering stat related by the Economist. Interpret it as you will: Horrifyingly, although home to only 5% of the world’s population, in 2014 the Arab world accounted for 45% of the world’s terrorism, 68% of its battle-related deaths, 47% of its internally displaced and 58% of its refugees. Surely there is no … Continue reading

The Insanity of a Travel Ban to Siwa

The Insanity of a Travel Ban to Siwa

In defiance of his own nation’s restrictions, Cornelis Hulsman not only went to Siwa, he invited international student interns, Egyptian nationals, media professionals, and just about everyone else in Egypt to travel with him. “Western travel advice to Siwa is insane,” said Hulsman, the Dutch deputy head of the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU). … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Money

God, Egypt’s economy is still not doing well. But at least she has more money to play with. May she play wisely. The second tranche of the World Bank loan was received, along with another installment from the African Development Bank. Together they represent well over a billion dollars. Egypt has many outstanding debts to … Continue reading

Why Aleppo Fell

Why Aleppo Fell

I can’t pretend to know the answer to why Aleppo fell, but Juan Cole tells us only part of it did. The more populous section, says the University of Michigan professor, may well have been glad to see the rebels go. There had been 250,000 Sunni Arabs of a more religious mindset and from a … Continue reading

Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons

Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons

A reflection from Julie: Today marks a strange day.  Just one week ago, a suicide bomber killed over 25 people, mostly women and children, as they worshipped in church here in Cairo.  And one week from today, people all around the world will celebrate the joyous birth of a Savior during Western Christmas.  On one … Continue reading

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

Podcast: How the Coptic Christian Church Endures

This ‘Quick to Listen‘ podcast was first published at Christianity Today, on December 15, 2016. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are in a state of mourning after a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at a Cairo church on Sunday. “Egypt always tends to rally around Christians at moments like this,” said Jayson Casper, CT’s Middle … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Cathedral Bombing

God, If the video is authentic, the suicide bomber strolled into the church grounds. Reports say the guards were distracted, perhaps having breakfast together. A church doorman followed him to inquire. Seconds later – the bomber likely ran though the near door leading to the women’s entrance – the roof and outside wall shook. Twenty-five … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Internal Organs

God, Inflation hit a high of 20 percent this month. Egyptians are suffering as the state seeks to stop years of internal bleeding. But the response of some only does more damage – to themselves and the country. Egypt this week arrested a ring of doctors involved in the illegal trafficking of organs, attached even … Continue reading

Pleasant Recognition

Pleasant Recognition

Many thanks to you who have read my thoughts over the years, either here at A Sense of Belonging or at the various sites that have published my articles. I’m pleased to relate that others have found the work valuable, too. This year my article for Christianity Today on the Coptic martyrs of Libya won … Continue reading