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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Documents, Deals

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Documents, Deals

God, The intrigue peaked as candidates emerged. It tempered as they fell. But it continues still. The running mate of a now detained general threatened release of secret documents that would embarrass the army. The general disputed, as his partner joined in confinement. And then a third, unrelated. A former popular presidential candidate, not running … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

God, There are three weeks left. Following a terrorist attack that killed 300 worshipers at a mosque in Sinai, the president gave a three-month ultimatum to the military and police to eliminate terrorism. Today, Operation Sinai was launched. By land, air, and sea, in the desert and the Nile valley, a massive deployment seeks to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

God, After much drama, the result may be straightforward. The presidential election will pit the incumbent against the head of one of Egypt’s smaller parties. The candidate, who registered at the last minute, is also on record as one of the incumbent’s strongest supporters. Some say he is there for show. He says he is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

God, It is the highest post in the land, and therefore the most critical. Fill it with the man of your choosing, but give the people a valid choice. One once-popular candidate revised his desire to run. One once-powerful general fudged his ability to run. One once-marginal activist decried the procedures to run. One still-notable … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nation, City, River

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nation, City, River

God, To present an idea, men come together. To discuss, they meet. Three conferences this week convened weighty issues. Human contact helps relations. Human hubris may drive apart. But the ideas matter, and make a difference. President Sisi presented the accomplishments of his four years in office. From national projects to economic reform, it may … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Slow Boil

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Slow Boil

God, The waters of Egypt are simmering. Lower the temperature. The Nile is her lifeblood, and a dam in Ethiopia may impact historic share. But also threatened Sudan leans instead to Turkey, a Brotherhood-aligned adversary. The Israelis are her neighbor, and a president in America complicates the status quo. But the New York Times published … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crimes and Executions

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Crimes and Executions

God, When police do their job there is usually nothing remarkable to report. Society is protected, the blotter is filled. Many thanks to you and them for Egypt’s low crime rate and day-to-day safety. But recently three female singers have faced legal action over videos and public statements. Seventy-five people and officials have been arrested … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Churches

God, A small group of terrorists killed worshippers at a church in southern Cairo. A large mob of neighbors vandalized a different church further south. A sizeable allotment of police and military guarded churches throughout the country. A fair portion of churches remain closed for security reasons. A tiny percentage of services suffered disruption to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National Health

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National Health

God, Egypt has long been sick. Nurse her to health, and strengthen her immune system. Some vital organs show signs of life. Others lag behind. Parliament passed an anticipated national health insurance law. Vigorously debated, a point of contention was on the cost to the state versus the cost to the citizen. Perhaps it was … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

God, Presidential elections will take place in Egypt sometime this coming spring. The incumbent is expected to run for a second term. But as of now no opposition is certain. There is time, and there are those who are interested. A former prime minister and presidential runner-up is meeting with his party to determine best … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Jerusalem Recognition

God, Friends don’t always agree. But not all issues are the same. Jerusalem is, and has often been, historically different. Changing longstanding US policy, the American president recognized the city as Israel’s capital, and began the process of moving the embassy. The Egyptian president warned against it, and then spoke against it. Most of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

God, After over 300 people were killed at a mosque, the state must do something. The president issued a directive to the army and police: utmost force, within three months. Terrorism must be eradicated from the Sinai. And may it be so. God, but with the utmost care. There are civilian lives at stake, unmercifully … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fish, Rice, Water, Vice

God, Small developments can multiply. Small disagreements can explode. For those involved there is no small. For the nation, wait and see. The region’s largest fish farm opened in one of the nation’s poorest districts. The pollution from burning post-harvest rice straw witnessed significant reduction. The negotiations with Ethiopia over Nile dam construction reached an … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Princes, Churches

God, Help Egypt navigate her way in the world. Help her navigate her way at home. Ally Saudi Arabia has launched new efforts to curb Iranian influence in the region, while securing power and reform in the kingdom. There is war in Yemen and Syria. There are palpitations in Lebanon. There is ongoing regional instability. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: World Youth

Friday Prayers for Egypt: World Youth

God, They came from around the world. They discussed much local and regional. If they paid attention, they watched leaders consult and sign million dollar contracts. And they lent presence to an effort to give a strong message: Egypt wants to listen to the youth. The world should do the same. So they should, God. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Accountable

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Accountable

God, It was too big a disaster. After 16 security personnel were killed in an ambush in the Western desert, several top police and military brass took the fall. Among them, Sisi’s son’s father-in-law, the chief-of-staff. The message is powerful: All are accountable. It was too big an opportunity. After contentious debate about two islands … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Death and Dishonor

God, All life is precious, all that exists. Even in death you care for their life. But those that never existed? What then if they did? Last week sixteen policemen were killed in a shootout with terrorists. Foreign news agencies put the death toll much higher, relying on unnamed security sources. Egypt reacted angrily, and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

God, It can be difficult to begin again. Promising signs give way to more trouble. Egypt is looking to rebuild after several hard years of revolution. Be with her. The president has launched a new administrative capital city to house government by the end of the decade. But will it end as previous efforts, Cairo … 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