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جبهه الضمير الوطنى

رفيق رسمى

صرح المخرج رفيق رسمى رئيس اللجنه الاعلاميه بائتلاف اقباط مصر ان جبهه الضمير الوطنى ""الجديده والتى جاءت كرد فعل اخوانى "" لجبهه الانقاذ الوطنى ""ومحاولا لشق صفها والاستحواز على الحكم والمعارضه معا ، فكل ما هو موجود الان على الساحه السياسيه الان متاصل فيه الازاحه والاستحواز والانفراد بقهر الاخر بالسيطره بدرجه من الدرجات المتعدده والمختلفه ، وهو بقايا فكر من عفن من ثقافه الماضى ، و علاجه سيستغرق وقتا طويلا حتى ينموالوعى للشعب وينضج

فقد تعدد الجبهات الكارتونيه التى لاتملك فقط سوى الكلام والتصريحات الاعلاميه وليس لديها اى رؤى علاجيه عميقه اوبرامج مبدعه ومبتكره لعلاج الامراض المزمنه فى الوطن ،ولاتملك اى هياكل اداريه على الاطلاق سواء منظمه اوحتى غير منظمه وليس لديها سوى البوق الاعلامى الاجوف 

Egypt and Tunisia’s new ‘Arab winter’

new arab winter

 

Tunisia and Egypt are emblematic of the Arab Spring. Both similarities and contrasts have marked their paths. Now they seem to be heading into a new Arab winter.

Moncef Marzouki has been Tunisia’s president since December 2011, a secularist human rights activist.

Egypt’s president since June 2012 has been Mohamed Mursi, candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The people of both countries elected each democratically, the first time they’d had the chance, after getting rid of their respective dictators, Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt.

The Tunisian vote handed the Ennahda Islamists a 42% majority of parliamentary seats, so they are the senior partner in a coalition government with the secularists, with Ennahda’s Hamadi Jebali as the prime minister.

But hopes swiftly soured, replaced with disappointment. Turbulence returned, becoming more and more violent.

Salafist groups attacked anyone or anything they found contrary to hardline Islamic sharia law, which they sought to impose.

Alarabiya.net English 

The ‘naked truth’ about Egypt’s Brotherhood

By Faisal J. Abbas

 

Faisal J. Abbas

Until this week, many observers may have still wondered what kind of rulers the Muslim Brotherhood are in Egypt. Since assuming office last June, questions were being raised around the dubious power-consolidation strategy carried out by President Mohammed Mursi, the democratically elected Brotherhood candidate who came into power on the back of the demise of the Mubarak regime in 2011.

However, there was very little room left for uncertainty recently, when a highly disturbing video of Egyptian police brutality went viral. The footage shows police officers stripping middle-aged protester Hamada Saber naked, and beating him senseless in front of the presidential palace; this was said to have taken place last Friday.

No reason to celebrate

Eight months into its rule, the Brotherhood managed to waste a real and valuable opportunity when the whole world was ready to support the resurgence of Egypt

‘No Glimmers of Hope’: Two Years After Egypt’s Revolution, an Economic Crisis Looms

Cairo Slums

Ann Hermes / The Christian Science Monitor / Getty Images

A boy runs along cliffs in the Manshiet Nasser slums on the outskirts of Cairo

Ramadan Khalaf Amin, 24, a microbus driver who earns the equivalent of $4.50 a day, is one of the myriad faces of the Egyptian revolution the world does not know. “I was going down to Tahrir the whole time,” Amin remembers of the uprising, whipping out a cell phone to play a video of a demonstrators chanting, “Down with Hosni Mubarak!”

 

Until we learn to be as single-minded as the fanatics - at home and abroad - we're ALL hostages

By Melanie Phillips

The immediate response to the Sahara atrocity must be revulsion, and deep sorrow for the families of those British and other hostages who were murdered in cold blood or killed in the rescue attempt.

Condemnation of the Algerian authorities for the loss of those hostages’ lives, in what has been termed a ‘bungled’ operation against the Islamist terrorists who stormed the Algerian gas complex, is nevertheless inappropriate.

The Prime Minister yesterday struck a more supportive note than his earlier reported fury that the Algerians had gone in with all guns blazing without even informing the UK government.

 

Mastermind: Militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar - today he offered to trade two American hostages for two prominent terror figures jailed in the United States

Mastermind: Militant militia leader Moktar Belmoktar was behind the hostage crisis in which three Britons lost their lives

If I Were a Copt.

By Tarek Heggy

In February, 1987 Pope Shenouda III read my article about the Egyptian National hero Saad Zaghloul (1859-1927) and the Copts.

 This article was thence published by the famous Egyptian daily al-Akhbar (the article entitled " Saad Zaghloul and the unity of the two elements of the Egyptian nation " is posted in Arabic, French & English by

http://www.tarek-heggy.com) .

 

Between February, 1987 and February, 2012 I had in excess of 60 long meetings (from a minimum of two hours to two full days together in the desert). In these four-eye meetings, we talked about post-Mohamed-Aly Egypt, the history of the Alexandria Cathedral (St. Marc Cathedral) that was established by St. Marc the Evangelist in 42 AD, Egyptian Monasticism, the famous Coptic Patriarchs, the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD and Chalcedony 451 AD in particular and spent numerous hours discussing extremely complicated theological problematics ( particularly the history of Monosphyites).

 

Egypt's Coptic Christians fleeing country after Islamist takeover

Tens of thousands of Egyptian Christians are leaving the country in the wake of the Egyptian revolution and subsequent Islamist takeover of politics, priests and community leaders say.

A woman prays hours before an Orthodox Christmas mass at a Coptic church in Cairo

A woman prays hours before an Orthodox Christmas mass at a Coptic church in Cairo Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Coptic Christian churches in the United States say they are having to expand to cope with new arrivals, as priests in cities like Cairo and Alexandria talk of a new climate of fear and uncertainty.

"Most of our people are afraid," Father Mina Adel, a priest at the Church of Two Saints in Alexandria said. "Not a few are leaving - for America, Canada and Australia. Dozens of families from this church alone are trying to go too."

 The Economist:

Egypt

The crisis of government isn’t over

The Islamists are fast losing their popularity, but their opponents are still too weak and divided to vote them out of office

Jan 5th 2013 (CAIRO)

IN A new year’s message Muhammad Badia, the Supreme Guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, advised his followers to temper resilience with magnanimity. “Be like the tree which, when battered by stones, drops its finest fruit,” he said.

His most prominent adherent, President Muhammad Morsi, has certainly proven resilient. Ignoring a tide of opposition that has swollen since he took office in June, Mr Morsi pushed through a controversial referendum in December to endorse a new constitution. Since then he has faced down challenges from Egypt’s restless judges, braved serial resignations of advisers and ministers, and parried opponents by sponsoring a national dialogue that is actually being held just by Brothers and their allies. At elections next month for the lower house of parliament, the Brotherhood’s party looks set to do well. In the interim, thanks to an election last year when only 10% voted, it controls the previously weak upper house, which the new constitution has helpfully turned into Egypt’s sole if temporary legislature.

 

Egypt strengthens Islamist role in cabinet, eyes IMF deal

By Tom Perry and Maria Golovnina

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt reshuffled its government on Sunday to strengthen Islamist control and pledged to complete talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion (2.9 billion pounds) loan deal to stave off a currency crisis that risks igniting more unrest.

A senior IMF official is due in Cairo on Monday to meet Egyptian leaders over the deal, which was postponed last month to give Egypt more time to tackle political tensions before introducing unpopular austerity measures.

Finance minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy was sworn in by President Mohamed Mursi as part of a reshuffle that expanded the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood's direct control over ministries.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt reshuffled its government on Sunday to strengthen Islamist control and pledged to complete talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion (2.9 billion pounds) loan deal to stave off a currency crisis that risks igniting more unrest.

A senior IMF official is due in Cairo on Monday to meet Egyptian leaders over the deal, which was postponed last month to give Egypt more time to tackle political tensions before introducing unpopular austerity measures.

Finance minister Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy was sworn in by President Mohamed Mursi as part of a reshuffle that expanded the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood's direct control over ministries.

FRANCE 24 latest world news report 

First Christmas for Egypt Copts under Islamist rule

Members of an Egyptian Muslim family light candles at a Coptic Christian church in the historical centre of Cairo on January 6, 2013. Egypt's minority Coptic Christians celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future.

Members of an Egyptian Muslim family light candles at a Coptic Christian church in the historical centre of Cairo on January 6, 2013. Egypt's minority Coptic Christians celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future.

An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman stands outside a church in the historical center of Cairo on January 6, 2013. Egypt's minority Coptic Christians celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future.

An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman stands outside a church in the historical center of Cairo on January 6, 2013. Egypt's minority Coptic Christians celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future.

AFP - Egypt's minority Coptic Christians celebrate on Monday their first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future.

"I do not really feel safe," says Ayman Ramzi, who feels his community threatened by the rise of Islamists in the world's biggest Sunni Arab nation.

 

Morsi Admits ‘Mistakes’ in Drafting Egypt’s Constitution

Mohammed Asad/Associated Press

Members of the Islamist-dominated upper house of the Egyptian Parliament met on Wednesday.

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CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt took responsibility on Wednesday for “mistakes” during the run-up to ratification of the new Constitution and urged Egyptians to appreciate the fierce disagreements about it as a “healthy phenomenon” of their new democracy.

 

Future looks bleak for Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Morsi constitution disregards religious freedom

By Rep. Trent Franks

Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians took to the streets in the Maspero section of Cairo to protest the government’s failure to protect them from attacks on their churches. While the protests began peacefully, violence ensued after the Christians were attacked by civilians. The Egyptian military exacerbated the situation when army personnel carriers plowed through the crowds, crushing protesters as soldiers fired on unarmed civilians.

This horrifying massacre occurred on Oct. 9, 2011. What began as a peaceful protest to express frustration over attacks on Coptic churches ended in the staggering loss of innocent human life. Nearly 30 protesters died, many of them Copts, and 500 people were injured on that tragic day. The Rev. Filopater Gameel, a Coptic priest and eyewitness to the Maspero massacre, stated that “tens of thousands were devastated as they watched innocent civilians crushed and shot to death, and their only crime was participating in a peaceful march to reject the destruction of their church.”

 

 Morning Star News - Laguna Hills, CA

Saudi Textbooks Retain Hateful Refrains

Schoolchildren primed with pre-persecution slurs against ‘infidels.’

By Nina Shea

I have researched and written about the toxic content of school textbooks published by the Saudi Ministry of Education for almost a decade and have found that little has changed in them over this period. Last year, I had the opportunity as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to travel to Riyadh and meet with the Saudi minister of education, who is King Abdullah’s nephew and son-in-law, Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad al-Saud.

  CBS News


Egypt: Hard-line Islamic backers of draft constitution clash with opposition ahead of referendum

 

A supporter of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood holds a copy of the Koran, Islam's holy book, as he shouts slogans during a demonstration in Cairo's Nasr City on December 14, 2012.

 

A supporter of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood holds a copy of the Koran, Islam's holy book, as he shouts slogans during a demonstration in Cairo's Nasr City on December 14, 2012. / MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Waving swords and clubs, Islamist supporters of Egypt's draft constitution clashed with opponents in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Friday as tempers flared on the eve of the referendum on the disputed charter — the country's worst political crisis since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's Economic Winter

By Ben W. Heineman Jr.

 

Morsi's power grab has made headlines, but the world's most populous Arab country has even bigger problems on its hands.

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Amr Dalsh/Reuters

 

The international media have made a huge story out of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's power-consolidating decrees and the balloting on his proposed constitution. How the fundamental political disputes -- between factions of the religious and secular, Islamic and Christian, and civilian and military, and between rich and poor and urban and rural -- will be resolved in the Middle East's most populous nation is seen as a harbinger for the political impact of the Arab Spring.

Egypt Atheist Blasts Islamist Regime

 

 

An Egyptian atheist convicted then released from prison on bail this week told The Associated Press Wednesday that the new Islamist government is no better than the dictatorial regime it replaced.

The blasphemy case against Alber Saber, 27, is seen by rights advocates as part of a campaign by Egypt's ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. It underlines the growing divide between the country's powerful Islamists and those who say their uncompromising approach is creating a new authoritarian system that does not represent all Egyptians.

 

Ensuring minority rights during change 

The processes of transition in the Middle East and North Africa that were kick-started by uprisings last year in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen have been experiencing a predictably rough ride over recent months, as new administrations struggle to turn the page on past abuses and to bring in lasting changes to institutional and legislative frameworks.

Minorities in these countries had hopes raised by the ousting of regimes that had subjected them to discrimination, failed to recognize their cultural rights or denied their identity altogether. However, while the diversity of those who participated in the uprisings has been celebrated, members of certain groups, including Copts in Egypt and particular Amazigh communities in Libya, have been the target of deadly attacks, leading them to be anxious about the future of ethnic and religious relations in their countries.

 

Mohammad Badie: A Voice in the Government

Mohammed Badie, head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Mohammed Badie, head of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP-Getty Images)

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is the biggest opposition group running in the country’s parliamentary elections this week, but don’t expect to see its name on the ballot: the movement is banned and its candidates run as independents. In 2005 the group swept 20 percent of the seats, but a repeat performance seems unlikely. Hundreds of members have been arrested in recent weeks. Mohammad Badie, 67, a trained veterinarian who has spent more than 12 years in jail, was chosen to lead the group at the beginning of the year. He faces strong pressure from outside as well as internal dissent. He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Babak Dehghanpisheh in Cairo. Excerpts:

Egyptian constitutional referendum marked by low turnout, allegations of fraud

By Johannes Stern

On Saturday, the first round of voting on Egypt’s draft constitution took place in ten of the country’s 27 governorates, including Egypt’s two largest cities, the capital Cairo and the coastal town of Alexandria. Egypt’s remaining 17 governorates will vote on December 22.

Coming after three weeks of mass protests against Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood (MB), the referendum was marked by low voter turnout, violence and allegations of fraud.

Financial Times

Morsi returns to secretive ways, say critics

For years, Mohamed el-Gebba bristled under the dictates of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the secretive and hierarchical organisation he had embraced as a teenager, only to be told by his elders that it could not emerge as either a real political party or a bona fide charity under the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

But even after Mr Mubarak was overthrown in last year’s revolution, Mr Gebba said, he found the Brotherhood refused to open up and, in many ways, became less transparent once it began to acquire real political power.


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