Tagged with Maspero Youth Union

The Decline of Coptic Activism in Egypt

The Decline of Coptic Activism in Egypt

From my new article at the Middle East Institute: During and immediately following the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Coptic activism reached new heights. Copts organized and came together to call for protection for their communities and rights more generally. However, particularly since the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the election of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, such … Continue reading

Where is the Maspero Youth Union Now?

Where is the Maspero Youth Union Now?

Twenty-three Egyptian liberal activists were sentenced to three years in prison for demonstrating against the protest law on Sunday. Amid the ongoing clampdown on dissent, the common observer can sigh, but be forgiven for asking: Whatever happened to those Coptic youth activists? Did that massacre at Maspero all but end their influence? Or like most … Continue reading

Divided Society Drives ‘Preacher of the Revolution’ to Lonely Hunger Strike

Divided Society Drives ‘Preacher of the Revolution’ to Lonely Hunger Strike

Sixteen thousand Muslim Brotherhood prisoners launched a mass hunger strike yesterday, protesting against torture and other human rights abuses, according to local sources. Haitham Abu Khalil, the movement spokesman, says many more individuals are unlawfully detained. The same day a lone Coptic hunger striker, unaffiliated and unsympathetic to the Brotherhood, ended his own hunger strike … Continue reading

Christians, Mostly, Embracing Sisi

Christians, Mostly, Embracing Sisi

From my recent article in Egypt Source: Ultimately, the formation of a new government in Egypt should be about one word: Competency. But the current nature of politics substitutes another word entirely: Sisi. Local analysis revolves around the question of what the development means in terms of the defense minister’s anticipated candidacy for president, and … 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

Maspero Youth Union Press Conference: Photos

Today the Maspero Youth Union conducted a press conference to put forth its version of events of what took place the evening of October 9, when at least 27 people were killed and over 300 injured in clashes following a largely Coptic peaceful demonstration. The MYU assembled testimonies and video evidence to demonstrate the innocence … Continue reading

Interview with the Maspero Youth Union

Fadi Philip is a 26 year old veterinary physician, but his priority of love and labor is as an activist with the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), for which he serves as English language media spokesman. I became acquainted with Fadi and the MYU through several visits in May during their sit-in protest at the Maspero … Continue reading