Tagged with Middle East

Conspiracy Theory Comes to America

Conspiracy Theory Comes to America

Living in the Middle East one drinks deeply from the well of conspiracy thinking. It pollutes the mind, but also trains it. So while Americans mused over the merits and demerits of Trump and Clinton, I feared the patterns I was watching develop. To describe would require a full listing of faults, but I mean … 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 Difficulty of ‘Do Unto Others’

The Difficulty of ‘Do Unto Others’

As Christians involve themselves – for good and for bad – in the divisive politics and cultural struggles of our nation, it is assumed they do so to preserve and advance a moral ethic consistent with Scripture. Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget one of the central marks of this morality: ‘Do unto others, … Continue reading

Egypt Exports Interfaith ‘Bridge’

Egypt Exports Interfaith ‘Bridge’

IN IRAQ, ISIS zealots smash centuries-old artifacts and blow up churches. In Yemen, Shia militias plough through cities as Sunni neighbour Saudi Arabia rains down missiles. Egypt is not without its own religious tension, but a timely interfaith art exhibition in Cairo intersects with perhaps the only potentially good news coming out of the region. … Continue reading

The Case against Qatar

The Case against Qatar

A recent Foreign Policy investigative report details Qatari foreign policy. It describes a strategy of intervention-by-proxy, which keeps its hands clean officially while funneling money to groups it deems ideologically similar, that is, those they can trust. Primarily, this has been the Muslim Brotherhood and various activist Salafi factions. The article is long but worthy, … Continue reading

They Really Do Hate Us … at Least on Twitter

From AhramOnline, on research analyzing Twitter: In the case of Egypt, the researchers analyzed more than 2.2 million Arabic tweets that mentioned the United States and found just three percent could be termed pro-American, with 23 percent neutral and the majority critical of the United States. Ok, so they hate our foreign policy – no … Continue reading

175 Leaders Urge US Support in Christianity’s Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure

175 Leaders Urge US Support in Christianity’s Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure

From my latest article in Christianity Today, published May 9, 2014: More than 175 Christian leaders crossed denominational and political divides this week to urge the United States government to do more to help the rapidly diminishing, historic Christian populations of Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. The solidarity pledge—signed by National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president … Continue reading

Egypt for Expats… Ugh?

Egypt for Expats… Ugh?

We like it here, but many people don’t, it seems. From the Washington Post, reporting on a survey by HSBC bank: The worst of these 34 countries to be an expat is Egypt, which has seen xenophobia rise considerably since this summer’s military coup and wave of populist nationalism. East Asian nations rank highest, and … 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

Cultural Insights on Marriage and Children

Today I had a nice long visit with a fairly new Egyptian friend. Her name is Suzi and she is the mom of one of Emma’s classmates at school.  This was our third visit together, once at our house and twice at hers.  The kids all have fun playing together – Emma and her school … Continue reading