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Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar Continues

God, Since last week there has been much written but little resolved. Qatar and the Gulf allies have traded accusations and attempted mediation. But now a line in the sand has been drawn. A list of demands has been issued. Egypt, joining Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and others, have given Qatar ten … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Qatar

God, The Gulf has had enough. So has Egypt. So have others. Some hedge their bets. Some play both sides. But it is a crisis, God. The tiny nation has been called out for supporting terrorism, within a region that is full of it, but usually sticks to innuendo. It also happens to host the … Continue reading

Why Christianity is Surging in the Heart of Islam

Why Christianity is Surging in the Heart of Islam

My article for Christianity Today was published September 11, 2015. Here is an excerpt: Espada, an architect, is one of the millions of foreign workers transforming the former desert oasis into a global center for business and travel. The UAE’s Dubai is the fifth-fastest-growing city in the world; its population is now more than 80 … Continue reading

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

Debate: Genocide for Syria’s Alawites?

If you think American news is polarized, check out al-Jazeera. If you think American news pushes boundaries and aims to shape a narrative, check out al-Jazeera. If you think news in general reflects the attitudes of its audience, then God have mercy, check out al-Jazeera. I remember many years ago, when the channel was first … Continue reading

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

London and Istanbul have become the new base of operations for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Following the ouster of Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in 2011 and their subsequent banning in Egypt in December last year, the organization is recalibrating abroad. An early base of operations was Qatar, where the al-Jazeera network was widely perceived, even … Continue reading

Economic Aid to Egypt

Economic Aid to Egypt

Curious about who is funding Egypt these days? American military aid gets all the press, but many have contributed to support Egypt’s economy. Daily News Egypt recently provided a detailed breakdown. Except for deposits made to the central bank, I have not listed loan agreements. In some cases it is not clear if the money … 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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rabaa and the Gulf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Rabaa and the Gulf

God, Old events and new repercussions affected Egypt this week. The semi-independent National Council for Human Rights spoke publically about its fact-finding mission on the August 14 dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa and Nahda Squares, in which several hundred died. Unrelated but poignant in timing, a row erupted in the Persian Gulf as … Continue reading