Tagged with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

A Tale of Three Churches

A Tale of Three Churches

This article was first published in the Summer 2019 print edition of Light magazine, produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In January, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt stood side-by-side with Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Inaugurating the Cathedral of Nativity, the largest church in the Middle East, he … Continue reading

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy belated Easter, to Protestant and Catholic Christians who celebrated last week. But having enjoyed either “Pascha” or “Paas” (or both), please do not be remiss in remembering your Orthodox brothers and sisters today. After all, even the president of Egypt extends his greetings — and more. “I call on all of us to remember … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Re-Election

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Re-Election

God, The election is over, and there were no surprises. President Sisi won re-election with 90 percent of the votes cast. His opponent – 3%. Spoiled ballots – 7%. Overall turnout – 41%. It is a respectable show of support. Critics say the best candidates were discouraged or prevented from running. They say the government … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: United Nations

Friday Prayers for Egypt: United Nations

God, Significant things happened within Egypt this week. A prisoner was acquitted after four years detainment. Two churches reopened after security concerns. Police station spot inspections were begun by parliament. But the president was in New York at the United Nations, significantly negotiating the path of the nation. He earned praise for helping un-divide the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trump Trial

God, They started out friendly. Probably they still are. But the American president played an unexpected wild card, with developments still uncertain. The US cut its military aid. Trump has repeatedly praised Sisi, who has returned the admiration. But even so his administration followed an Obama pattern in holding back some aid pending better progress … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Trumping Protest

God, Bless the president-to-be of the United States of America. May he govern wisely. May he engage Egypt well. But though many are troubled in America at his arrival, many in Egypt welcome his opposition to the Brotherhood and his favor expressed toward Sisi. And he comes at a moment when many in Egypt are … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coalition

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Coalition

God, After campaigning comes positioning. Perhaps after that will come legislating and querying. But help Egypt’s newly elected representatives to get this interim period right. An effort is underway to draft members into a grand coalition to support the presidency of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. This would be consistent, as many campaigned on this very point. … Continue reading

The Transitive Property of Journalism Principle

The Transitive Property of Journalism Principle

Double standards are human nature, but seem also to be evident among some of Egypt’s journalists. Consider these two articles from Ahram Online. Two weeks ago President Sisi made a speech in which he criticized the media: “I heard a media personality saying that the president was holding talks with representatives of foreign companies while … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Statements Abroad

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Statements Abroad

God, At the United Nations and in interviews with Western press, President Sisi issued many positive statements. Egypt is improving its economy. Parliamentary elections are coming. Freedoms are being protected. Terrorism is being fought. May it all be true. Moreover, God, may it set an agenda. May the president’s rhetoric signal initiative to make it … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Remembering Rabaa

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Remembering Rabaa

God, Two years are past, hundreds are dead. Help Egypt to remember correctly. In response to massive protests against then-President Morsi, his supporters rallied in protests of their own. They continued several weeks after he was removed by the army. After several warnings to disband, the camp was cleared forcibly. Some policemen were killed, but … Continue reading

The Real Threat to Sisi: His Own Inept House?

The Real Threat to Sisi: His Own Inept House?

The title of this post summarizes the opinion of an article in International Policy Digest, describing two main camps among Sisi’s power base. Both the military/institutions of state and the business/media/political elite are used to cooperating, but are so used to the rules of the old game they don’t realize the world has changed. As … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Europe

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Europe

God, It is Egyptians who must determine their leadership. Bless her with enduring independence and government of the people. But Europe has a significant influence in legitimizing. President Sisi visited Germany and Hungary to strengthen ties and secure trade. Meanwhile a group of international Islamic scholars gathered in Turkey to give religious justification to resist … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Party Dynamics

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Party Dynamics

God, Two Egyptian granddaddies are going through growing pains. Both predate the modern state, and are striving to remain relevant. The Muslim Brotherhood is taken over by its youth, who are forcing a revolutionary path. A new statement says resistance is an Islamic obligation, with all means possible to undue the fall of Morsi. There … Continue reading