Tagged with United States

Kerry’s Visit, as Reported in Cairo and Washington

First from Ahram Online, in very negative tones: US Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Egypt officials to convey Washington’s “deep concern” about the transitional period and to offer the US’s goodwill should developments move “on the right track,” according to Western diplomats. But on CNN, the focus brushes over any difficulties at … Continue reading

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

What Happens if US Aid to Egypt is Cut?

As the US administration has decided to suspend some foreign military assistance to Egypt, consider this article from Reuters, carried by Ahram Online, from a few weeks previous: Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, said he hoped the Obama administration reached a decision soon on whether to continue $1.23 billion … Continue reading

Obama at the UN: As Seen by an Egyptian

Obama at the UN: As Seen by an Egyptian

Many Egyptians believe the United States is deeply involved in their nation’s affairs. Some believe because of strong military ties, President Obama was behind the removal of President Morsi. Others believe because of a State Department search for a new reliable partner to do their bidding, President Obama was behind the ascent of the Muslim … Continue reading

Syria: Evidence, Prayer, and Activism

Syria: Evidence, Prayer, and Activism

I confess to not following every detail that emerges about the crisis in Syria, and ask patience from those who have who can bring more to bear in this brief post. Please comment freely. But in searching briefly for a presentation of the evidence tying the recent chemical weapons attack to the Syrian government, I … Continue reading

Who Should Christians Support in Egypt?

Who Should Christians Support in Egypt?

From my recent article in Relevant Magazine: When push comes to shove, as it has in Egypt, who should American Christians support? The recent military move to oust an elected president was almost universally backed by Egyptian Coptic Christians, which make up roughly ten percent of the population. But the move, called by many a … Continue reading

A Brotherhood Upbringing, Christian Compared

From EgyptSource, a personal testimony of growing up in the Muslim Brotherhood: The Guidance and Light School, in which I spent my third year of preparatory school after our return from Kuwait, was a Brotherhood school which my father helped establish. Since the 1980s, schooling and educational services had become a key aspect of Brotherhood … Continue reading

Voting Behind Barbed Wire

Voting Behind Barbed Wire

It is usually not an easy process to vote overseas. And then, all of a sudden, I had. Weeks ago we printed out our internet registration form, necessary to secure a ballot sent from America. We also heard we could drop this off at the US Embassy in downtown Cairo, but delays – including a … Continue reading

Building a Nation: America, Israel, and the Sins of History

Building a Nation: America, Israel, and the Sins of History

Modern Israel suffers from the fact it started too late. Israel, the Zionist project, was created as homeland for the Jewish people. Otherwise known as Israeli nationalism, it reflects the primary concept upon which modern international relations are built. Mostly homogenous populations in a given territory live within agreed upon borders. There are messy points … Continue reading

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

Copts Split over Boycott of Clinton over Support for ‘Islamo-Fascism’ in Middle East

This article was originally published at Lapido Media on August 1, 2012. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared religious freedom in Egypt to be ‘quite tenuous’ following the releaseof the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. Despite chronicling several instances of sectarian violence against Coptic Christians, their community finds itself increasingly divided over its longstanding … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament’s Brief Return

God, President Morsy caused a stir this week by recalling parliament in defiance of the Supreme Constitutional Court which ruled it was illegal and the military council which implemented its dissolution. Many were up in arms, though the president explained he was not violating the court ruling, only delaying its implementation. Morsy promised new elections … Continue reading

Morsy Reinstates Egypt’s Parliament

That was fast. After only one week in office, President Morsy has picked his first fight – he issued a decree to reinstate the dissolved parliament. Shortly before the run-off election the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled parliament to be unconstitutional based on procedural grounds, and the military council issued a decree to dissolve it. Morsy, … Continue reading

Cultural Imperialism: Egypt, America, and Sudan

Egyptian Salafi parliamentarian Mohamed al-Kurdi created a minor stir last week while testifying before the education committee. He declared his opposition to a USAID program to encourage English language teaching in government schools, beginning in grade two as opposed to grade four. Kurdi found this to be an example of ‘cultural imperialism’ and urged the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Wrangling

God, Egypt is gearing up for a push, though it is impossible to say in which direction. Presidential candidates continue to jockey for position, but the uncertainty will not last much longer. Candidacies open officially tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood hints and searches and denies – all over who their candidate will be. Are they unsure, … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: NGO Confusion

God, If Egypt is a mess, is the whole world with it, America in particular? It seems impossible to discern between outrage and playacting. With the curtain now drawn, is it simply a bad ending or an interlude before a coming act? Or does corruption truly mix with conspiracy to make the stomach churn? US … Continue reading

Rethinking Iran

It is a given that every nation must pursue its interests, and these are often at odds with one another. Yet the United States suffers from the inconvenient reality that the majority of its population holds to a sense of morality vis-à-vis interests. In order to take decisive steps in the international arena, the government … Continue reading