Tagged with Arab Spring

Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Change

Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Change

This article was originally published at Christianity Today, on April 18. …early signs are promising. On April 10, one day before Bashir’s arrest, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) leading protests put out a call for Christian participation, acknowledging “you have suffered sectarian and psychological restrictions for years … [which have left you] without the right … Continue reading

Sisi, ISIS, Tunisia, and Arab Spring Values

Sisi, ISIS, Tunisia, and Arab Spring Values

In a recent article at Foreign Policy, Iyad el-Baghdadi described the near-eternal and present dichotomy hoisted upon the Middle East: Support a dictator, or his overthrow via violent Islamism. He finds an ironic symbolism in that the names of Sisi and ISIS are spelled backwards, and describes their evils as parallel. Near the end of … Continue reading

The Face of the Former NDP

The Face of the Former NDP

Much has been speculated about the coming Egyptian parliament being dominated by figures who used to belong to the National Democratic Party of former President Hosni Mubarak. Given the favor conveyed to the January 25 activists, this proposition scares many. Perhaps it should. The understanding of the old parliamentary system was that it was a … Continue reading

Egypt: Into the Unknown

From the Arabist, a long and worthy read on the past three years in the Arab world. From excitement to fear to depression, there are still deeper changes afoot. Here are a few excerpts especially poignant to Egypt: The traditional elites are fearful of change, perhaps now more so than pre-2011, and do not appear … 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

Will Islamism Yield to Christianity?

Will Islamism Yield to Christianity?

I was invited to comment on an article posted on the Mission of God blog, concerning the inevitability of the Arab Spring turning Islamist, and then the rejection of Islamism for Christianity. Please click here for the video post; my response (slightly edited) follows below. I think Dr. Cashin’s core point is correct: A system … Continue reading

Orient and Occident Magazine

Orient and Occident Magazine

Orient and Occident Magazine is a publication of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. I have been working with the church on the project for a little under a year, and am proud to announce the first issue is now complete and online. O&O is scheduled to be an … Continue reading

Clinton Visits Morsy amid Coptic Protests

Traditionally, it is the Copts who look to America for support of their minority rights. With the Muslim Brotherhood now in the presidency, though not in full power, some Copts wonder if the United States is switching sides. The statement of ‘looking to America’ should not be taken as normative. The Orthodox Church and most … Continue reading

CNN in Cairo: Ben Wedeman

It is not an Arab Spring, says Ben Wedeman, CNN’s Senior Correspondent in Cairo, as it has lasted through several seasons, and is likely to continue several more. He prefers the term Arab Revolt, and believes there is no going back. Wedeman spoke at the Abraham Forum hosted by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church … Continue reading