Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘Non’- Romantic Sectarianism

If your Lord had pleased, surely all those who are on the earth would have believed, all of them; will you then force men till they become believers? __ Quran 10.99 Originally published in Daily News Egypt Beni Suef– A story of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak: Week 17

Main Headlines  Monday Islamist MPs prepare for battle against judiciary Morsi under fire after meeting with judges Al-Azhar under pressure not to issue women’s rights document Islamists heckle popular current leader Sabbahi at Shubra university Egypt’s IMF loan accord unlikely … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s New War of the Bearded Enemies

          There was nothing more perplexing and confusing than watching the unfolding events of the Lebanese civil war. It was ruthless, ugly, and dirty, and it taught me as well as many Arabs the harsh reality … Continue reading

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The Accomplishments of President Morsi

(Photo of Morsi’s achievements  booklet from FaceBook) “Months of achievements…President Morsi builds Egypt anew,” is a 124-page booklet authored by Reda al-Masry, a so-called “educational expert” and the author of several educational articles on the Brotherhood and other Islamic websites. … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak. Week 16

(Photo from Friday’s clashes via The Daily News Egypt) Main Headlines Monday Egypt court orders release of Mubarak in killing protesters case Egypt detains Salafist accused of torching Wafd Party HQ Minister of Information sexually harasses reporter: ‪Mubarak’s court appearance stuns … Continue reading

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Essam el-Erian: Mr.Conspiracy

(Photo: Reuters) In a contrast to the formal statement made by the Muslim Brotherhood condemning the Boston bombing, Essam el-Erian, the vice chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, sparked widespread controversy when he posted a long comment on Facebook, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak: Week 15. The Week of Kheba

(Photo: President Morsi, and Minister of Defense Abdel el-Fattah el-Sissi AP) Main Headlines Monday Egypt suspends Iranian tourist trips Egyptian figures condemn Cathedral violence but disagree on causes Prosecutor general Prosecutor general will only leave if court forces him, says … Continue reading

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Understanding Sukuk

(Photo, Grand Sheik of al-Azhar: Egypt Independent) In an effort to develop Islamic alternatives to conventional investments, Muslim scholars have advocated new economical instruments, which fit with Sharia prohibition of usury and encouragement of shared risks. Islamic banking is growing, not … Continue reading

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Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’ has provoked the worst in Islamist ideology

(Photo: YouTube Screengrab) This piece initially published in The Globe and Mail Many Egyptians still remember the eagerly awaited speeches of presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat, and the intense debate that usually followed. Nowadays the eagerness and the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak: Week 14

 (Coffins of dead Copts following Saturday sectarian clashes – Twitter  via @auscma) Main Headlines Monday Shura Council moves to allow religious slogans in campaigns Another report filed against satirist Bassem Youssef  First Iranian tourists arrive in Egypt amid tight security … Continue reading

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