Tagged with Terrorism

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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Assassination, Funeral

God, Egypt witnessed a frightful return, disturbing a relative quiet. The pattern subsided but not that long ago was a viable threat. May it not be a portent of things to come. A car bomb detonated in an upper class neighborhood, injuring one bystander but missing the deputy prosecutor-general. Fifteen months ago, his positional superior … Continue reading

Arab Christians and the Marrakesh Declaration

Arab Christians and the Marrakesh Declaration

This article was first published at Christianity Today in the April print edition. With the lilt characteristic of a Southern megachurch pastor, Bob Roberts Jr. introduced the most significant Muslim statement on religious freedom in 1,400 years. “I am a Texan, an evangelical, and a Baptist,” the NorthWood Church leader told the crowd of more … Continue reading

Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

This article was first published at Providence Magazine: 6am in Cairo, May 19, I woke to the news of another disaster. EgyptAir flight 804 fell out of the sky en route from Paris, France. The world wondered terrorism. Egypt pondered the same, but the cause almost didn’t matter. With many Egyptians I exhaled deeply, sighing … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fire in Cairo

God, Once before, Cairo burned. With fire true and abstract, she is threatened again. The incidents are curious, God, and in the sequential diversity conspiracy spins. Familiar foes blame each other, while official authorities blame faulty wiring. Settle the cause of every and all, holding accountable for each liability. Connect the dots or prove them … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Christmas, Terror

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Christmas, Terror

God, As Egypt receives echoes of both hope and horror, make true the promise and put down the threat. Help the people live in peace. The president once again visited the papal cathedral for Christmas mass. He esteemed the unity of the nation and assured all destroyed churches would be repaired this year. But terrorists … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

God, Give Egyptians a happy holiday at the end of Ramadan. Honor their fasting, hear their prayers. And above all, keep them safe. The week began with a huge explosion at the Italian consulate. It ended with the claim of a terrorist attack on a naval vessel in the Mediterranean. There have been warnings of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Neighbors

God, You desire peace not just for Egypt. Honor also her neighbors, that all might live in peace together. For two doors down, a nation is in mourning. A terrorist attack on Tunisia’s tourists threatens to undermine stability there. Comfort them, God, and give them resolve. Resolve to defeat a terrorist menace. Resolve to hold … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

God, News this week prompted both a sigh and a gasp. The Supreme Constitutional Court struck down provisions of the law to elect parliament, further delaying the process. And a cabinet reshuffle appointed a new minister of the interior, with speculations on the impact. The parliament delay was almost expected, as there appears little political … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Deaths

God, The week opened with numerous protesters and a few policemen dead after clashes on the revolution anniversary. It ended with many soldiers dead following terrorist attacks on their positions in Sinai. God, be merciful to Egypt. Pretentions are dropping as pro-Brotherhood and pro-state media openly incite against one another. Beyond the lives lost the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Allegiances

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Allegiances

God, Two declarations were issued this week, at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. From Sinai, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis pledged to obey the caliph of the Islamic State. From the Chamber of Commerce, a business delegation pledged to recruit other American companies to invest in Egypt. One allegiance is to you, God, the other is … Continue reading

Anti-Coup Terrorism: License and Reluctance

Anti-Coup Terrorism: License and Reluctance

From my recent article on Egypt Source. Here is the license: Recently on the Istanbul-based pro-Brotherhood channel named Raba’a Sheikh Afifi called on Muslims to resist the coup, but not with weapons. “This will enable them to commit their crimes against us with full freedom,” he said. It is not that the use of weapons … Continue reading