Tagged with Russia

From Russia, Without Love: Ukraine Marks Orthodox Christmas with Biggest Schism Since 1054

From Russia, Without Love: Ukraine Marks Orthodox Christmas with Biggest Schism Since 1054

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on January 6, 2019. The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been born again. On January 6, it received the tomos of autocephaly—the documentation of its independence among Eastern church bodies—from one Orthodox heavyweight, the Patriarch of Constantinople, despite the vociferous opposition of another heavyweight, the Patriarch of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Air and Chemical

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Air and Chemical

God, For the first time in two years, Aeroflot returned to Cairo. Russia had suspended all air travel following a terrorist attack on a tourist carrier, and security precautions still prevent direct flights to the popular Red Sea resorts. Let it not happen again, God. But as Russian-Egyptian relations return to normal, give discernment in … Continue reading

Why Aleppo Fell

Why Aleppo Fell

I can’t pretend to know the answer to why Aleppo fell, but Juan Cole tells us only part of it did. The more populous section, says the University of Michigan professor, may well have been glad to see the rebels go. There had been 250,000 Sunni Arabs of a more religious mindset and from a … Continue reading

Rudeness and Retort: The Russian Airline Crash in Sinai

Rudeness and Retort: The Russian Airline Crash in Sinai

The downing of a Russian tourist plane over Egypt’s Sinai has stirred the emotions of many. An editorial is allowed greater range of expression than that expected of sober journalism, but this analysis by the Washington Post is not only frightfully early, but incredibly rude: The state media controlled by Messrs. Putin and Sissi have … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Probable Cause

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Probable Cause

God, A week later, still not enough is known. What caused the Russian airliner to fall from the sky? A joint Egyptian-Russian team has been studying debris and black boxes, but has yet to issue a final report. But ISIS’s affiliate in the Sinai claimed – twice – that it brought down the plane, though … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Floods

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Floods

God, It is sad to pray that a tragedy will have resulted from negligence. It is sad to pray about negligence that helped produce a tragedy. In the space of a week, God, Egypt witnessed both. May the former not have long term consequence. May the latter bring long term change. A Russian tourist plane … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Regional Balance

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Regional Balance

God, Help Egypt to honor her neighbors, near and far. Help her to satisfy commitments, repay debts, and work for peace. Help her toward a wise and sovereign foreign policy. Egypt is alive economically because of Saudi aid. Egypt supports their offensive in Yemen. Saudi Arabia desires the fall of Syria’s Assad. Egypt backs Russian … Continue reading

A Christian Taliban

A Christian Taliban

In case anyone needed reminding, the use of religion to further militant political goals is not exclusive to Islam. The Intercept reports from Ukraine, where middle aged Dmytro Korchynsky has formed a private battalion, the Jesus Christ Hundred, dedicated to St. Mary, to fight the Russians. In the 1990s he fought alongside Muslims in the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Gulf, Zamalek

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Russia, Gulf, Zamalek

God, As Egypt tries to bolster its foreign policy and economic stability, she can’t help but trip over her own feet. With help, that is, of someone tripping deliberately. The president of Russia visited Cairo, pledging investment and a possible nuclear reactor. Egypt then mangled Russia’s national anthem. The president of Egypt contacted the heads … Continue reading

Allahu Akbar, Algeria

Allahu Akbar, Algeria

It has been a rather subdued World Cup so far in Maadi, Cairo. The cafes are full but by no means crowded. This World Cup has been a gem of a tournament, with average goals scored hovering around three per game. But it is not attracting local attention in our neighborhood. Most space is empty … Continue reading

Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary

Independence of the Egyptian Judiciary

From my recent article on Arab West Report: The Egyptian transition following the 2011 January 25th revolution has been fraught with controversy; among many has been the reform of the judiciary system. While the 1971 constitution guaranteed an independent judiciary, the following year President Sadat presided over the passing of law 46 which moved many … Continue reading