Tagged with Sinai Peninsula

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: US Aid

God, Perhaps the United States felt she needed to take a stand. Perhaps this is a new wrinkle in an old story of feigned antagonism. Perhaps she backs the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps she backs democracy. Perhaps she is against the killing of protestors. Perhaps she is muddled and has little idea of how to engage … Continue reading

Worrisome Indications of Egypt’s Future

Most people I have interacted with since our return to Cairo are very positive about the nation’s future. They are glad to see Morsi go, the Brotherhood discredited, and though they anticipate a few hiccups from disgruntled Islamists, they expect a return to stability and normalcy within a few months. Here are two voices which … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Authority and Margin

God, The official space has been claimed. First, in response to massive protests the military removed Morsi from power and installed a transitional civilian government. Second, they closed down media sympathetic to a Brotherhood viewpoint. Third, they removed the standing pro-Morsi protests with much resulting bloodshed. And fourth, they jailed many Islamist leaders who stand … Continue reading

The Burning Bush is Closed

The Burning Bush is Closed

From al-Monitor, reporting from Mt. Sinai, where a Greek Orthodox Monastery houses what it claims is the original burning bush: In the Sinai city of St. Catherine, a few thousand people and around 800 camels have been left struggling since the first week of August, when Egyptian security authorities ordered the total shutdown of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza

God, Above all, bring peace to Israel and Palestine. Stop rockets, stop killing, stop assassinations, and stop injustice. Allow all sides to argue over who most deserves these accusations, but draw them to a halt. As for Egypt, where these arguments are few, give wisdom to the president and political leadership on how to intervene … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Terrorist Cell?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Terrorist Cell?

God, It is first useful to recall what are understood to be facts. On January 28, the decisive day of the revolution, the prisons were opened. Though many were later apprehended, others are still at large. During the volatile transition to democracy security was lax and policemen absent. It is understood many weapons entered Egypt … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: IMF, Sinai, China, Iran

Friday Prayers for Egypt: IMF, Sinai, China, Iran

God, Much of Egypt’s attention turned outside its borders this week, and though Sinai is not foreign, it is almost a separate land. Military operations against Islamic extremists have been underway for some time, but lately there have been religious delegations sent, even from the president. These have involved former jihadists who wish to turn … Continue reading

Christians in the Sinai

Bishop Cosman is the presiding bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the diocese of North Sinai, consisting of an area 200km long and 127km deep. This roughly stretches from Port Said to Suez along the west (though these cities do not belong his bishopric). Bishop Cosman states that the population of his bishopric is … Continue reading