Tagged with al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya

In Memoriam: Ezzat al-Salamony

In Memoriam: Ezzat al-Salamony

Yesterday I received the unexpected news that Ezzat al-Salamony died … back in August. He was a leader in al-Gama’a al-Islamiya (the Islamic Group), designated a terrorist entity by the United States. Over the past few years I was able to interview him a couple of times. According to al-Shuruk, Salamony died in the Tora … Continue reading

Islamism in Asyut: Conversation with a Local Journalist

Islamism in Asyut: Conversation with a Local Journalist

From my recent article in Arab West Report: Among the difficulties in assessing the news of Egypt is the Cairo-centrism of journalism. A problem plaguing the nation in general, all major newspapers operate from the capital attracting the best talent away from other regions in search of promotions and a better life. Quality of information … Continue reading

Kidnapping Christians in Upper Egypt

From the AP, providing an excellent and balanced account of reported Christian kidnappings in Upper Egypt. Following the Fox News story I highlighted two days ago, this is the type of investigation the issue deserves. I’m both jealous and proud, and quite concerned over the content: Crime has risen in general across Egypt, hitting Muslims … Continue reading

‘No’ to Political Violence, Because…

‘No’ to Political Violence, Because…

From my recent article on EgyptSource: Cynics throughout Egypt could only smirk. Thousands of Islamists protested against the recent wave of political violence, answering the call of one of its most notorious perpetrators, the Jama’a Islamiya. Throughout the 1990s they led an armed campaign against the Mubarak regime, as well as targeting tourists in a … Continue reading

Escalating Pressure for the Blind Sheikh

On Thursday, July 26, the family of Omar Abdel Rahman ratcheted up their rhetoric in their awareness campaign to free their father. The family issued five demands to President Morsy and invited speakers to comment, some of whom threatened America harshly. Otherwise known as the ‘Blind Sheikh’, Abdel Rahman is imprisoned in America for involvement … Continue reading