Radical Islamic preacher labels anti-Morsy protesters 'disbelievers'

Wagdy Ghoneim, radical Islamic preacher

The radical Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim

Radical Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim said participation in the protests scheduled for 30 June is forbidden as President Mohamed Morsy is a legitimately elected president.

Those who will join the protests on 30 June are “disbelievers” because the people should obey those in charge of their affairs, he added.

In a video posted on Youtube, Ghoneim said, "[the protests] are a front of destruction, made up of crusaders, criminals, thugs, and traitors who want to oust his excellency the president." "You started it all and the initiator is the aggressor," he remarked.

 

Egyptian author appeals for protection following Islamist threats

After making contentious remarks about 'Islamic fascism,' Germany-based author Hamed Abdel-Samad appeals to Egyptian authorities for protection against campaign launched by hard-line Islamists calling for his death

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A Germany-based Egyptian author has requested protection from Egyptian authorities after ultra-conservative Islamists in Egypt declared him an "apostate" and launched an online campaign calling for his death.

Hamed Abdel-Samad, a researcher in political and Islamic studies, was invited by Egypt's so-called 'Secularist Movement' to speak at a 4 June forum devoted to "Islamic fascism." Abdel-Samad's speech, however, appears to have put him in hot water – and may even have put his life in jeopardy.

At the forum, Abdel-Samad asserted that "Islamic fascism" could trace its origins to "the return of the Muslims to Mecca [some 1500 years ago], when they... destroyed all the pagan idols."

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Ban Ki-moon criticizes Egyptian convictions

 

  UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (UPI) -- The conviction of human rights workers in Egypt is a sign the country is becoming less respectful of human rights, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Ban commented Thursday on Egypt's decision to draft a law on non-governmental organizations. He said any new law "should conform to international human rights standards, and respond to the aspirations of the people."

"The secretary-general reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to work alongside the government and the people of Egypt in support of the country's democratic transition, development and prosperity," a U.N. statement said.

The Cairo criminal court found 43 employees of non-governmental organizations guilty Tuesday under a law dating from the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Egyptians were given suspended sentences but foreigners who had remained in the country could be imprisoned.

 

European court asks France not to deport Egyptian Copt

(AFP) -- The European Court of Human Rights Thursday asked France not to deport a Coptic Christian who fled Egypt, saying he still risked religious persecution back home.

Born in 1973 and from Upper Egypt's Assiut governorate -- which has a huge Coptic population -- the man, identified as M.E., alleged that he faced several attacks and threats along with his family. He said that he was assaulted but police did not register his complaints and he also received death threats.

 

Egypt sentences 43, including Americans, in NGO case

Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Friends of Egyptian suspects react as they listen to the judge's verdict at a court room during a case against foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cairo June 4, 2013.

By Shaimaa Fayed and Maggie Fick

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court gave jail terms to 43 Americans, Europeans, Egyptians and other Arabs on Tuesday in a case against democracy promotion groups that plunged U.S.-Egyptian ties into their worst crisis in decades.

Judge Makram Awad gave five-year sentences in absentia to at least 15 U.S. citizens who left Egypt last year. He sentenced an American who stayed behind to two years in prison and gave the same sentence to a German woman.

 

Egyptian court ruling on legislature adds new twist to nation’s long list of problems

(Amr Nabil, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Egyptian Shura Council members meet to discuss the government’s 2013-2014 budget at the Shura Council, Parliament’s upper house. When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt’s upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Only seven percent of the electorate bothered to cast a ballot. Thanks to the twists and turns of the rocky transition that followed Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the Shura Council finds itself the sole law-making body in the land. This accidental legislature is now back in the spotlight ahead of an expected court ruling on its disputed legal status _ a move that could see it dissolved.

(Amr Nabil, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Egyptian Shura Council members meet to discuss the government’s 2013-2014 budget at the Shura Council, Parliament’s upper house. When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt’s upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Only seven percent of the electorate bothered to cast a ballot. Thanks to the twists and turns of the rocky transition that followed Egypt’s 2011 uprising, the Shura Council finds itself the sole law-making body in the land. This accidental legislature is now back in the spotlight ahead of an expected court ruling on its disputed legal status _ a move that could see it dissolved.AP

CAIRO — Egypt’s highest court ruled on Sunday that the nation’s interim parliament was illegally elected, though it stopped short of dissolving the chamber immediately, in a decision likely to fuel the tensions between the ruling Islamists and the judiciary.

The Supreme Constitutional Court also ruled that a 100-member panel that drafted the new constitution was illegally elected.

Egypt: New Draft Law an Assault on Independent Groups

Scrap or Amend Repressive Provisions

This draft law dashes all hopes that independent groups could operate freely and independently after the revolution. Egypt’s proposed NGO law would allow the government free rein to cut off funding and halt activities of groups that it finds inconvenient. It is hostile to the very notion of independent civil society.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director

(New York) – The draft Associations Law that Egypt’s president put before the country’s legislature on May 29, 2013, would allow the government and its security agencies to arbitrarily restrict the funding and operation of independent groups if it is adopted in its present form.

 

Muslim Persecution Against Christians Is 'Spreading, Intensifying,' ' Says Egyptian Copt


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Coptic Orthodox Christians chant anti-Morsi and anti-government slogans as they attend the funeral of men who died during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Khusus, El-Kalubia governorate, in Cairo, April 7. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Jihadist persecution of Christians around the world is one of the biggest under-reported stories in media circles, says a Christian activist and expert on the issue.

Raymond Ibrahim, a Copt from Egypt—now living in the U.S.—says that Western weakness in confronting radical Islam has left the jihadists feeling emboldened. In his new book, Crucified Again, Ibrahim presents firsthand knowledge and investigation of widespread persecution.

“Although Muslim persecution of Christians is one of the most dramatic stories of our times, it is also one of the least known in the West,” he writes.

 

Woolwich attack: Islamists' campaign to recruit street gangs

Supporters of Omar Bakri Mohammed, the exiled Islamist cleric who claimed to have converted Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo, sought to recruit members of violent street gangs and encourage them to ‘die for Islam’.

Woolwich attack: Islamists' campaign to recruit violent street gangs

Omar Bakri Mohammed claimes to have converted Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo Photo: Ruth Sherlock for the Telegraph

Convert2Islam, a radical group run by Abu Rumaysah, a follower of Bakri and a spokesman for an offshoot of Al-Muhajiroun, ran a series of ‘roadshows’ in the poorest areas of south and east London in order to recruit teenagers from broken homes involved in gun and knife crime

It is claimed Anjem Choudary, who led Al Muhajiroun after Bakri was barred from Britain by the Home Office, also attended the recruitment drives.

Rumaysah today told the Daily Telegraph he knew Adebolajo, whom he called ‘Mujahid’, well but could ‘not remember’ if he attended the events. He added: “I’m not going to publicly say he was a bad man or an evil man.”

The Woolwich 'beheading' is straight out of al-Qaeda's terror manual

The horrific killing in Woolwich, where a man believed to be a soldier based at the nearby Woolwich barracks was beheaded by two machete-wielding assailants, has all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda attack.

At the time of writing we are still awaiting confirmation from security officials about the precise nature of the incident. But having just watched some ITV footage, which shows a man with bloodied hands who is carrying a machete saying directly into the camera "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you", it seems pretty clear to me what has happened.

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Egypt’s 2011 jailbreaks still a mystery, carry potential embarrassment for Islamist leader

CAIRO — It was one of the most perplexing events of Egypt’s revolution: orchestrated attacks on prisons around the country that broke out more than 20,000 inmates while police were tied down with the massive popular protests that swept autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power.

The prison breaks added to the chaos during the 18-day uprising in 2011, and the flood of criminals onto the streets fueled a crime wave that continues to this day. Also among those who escaped were around 40 members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as well as more than 30 leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood — including the man who is now president, Mohammed Morsi.

There has never been a definitive accounting of who was behind the prison attacks.

 

Tsarnaev friend killed in Orlando by FBI

Ibragim Todashev

Ibragim Todashev

Chuck Goudie 

The circumstances are unclear but friends and neighbors have identified the dead man as Ibragim Todashev, 26. Authorities keyed on Todashev because he was in contact with one of the Boston bombers prior to last month's marathon attack, law enforcement sources said.

 

Todashev was from Chechnya and apparently told federal authorities that he had met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston, but that he knew nothing about the planned attack.

 

Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west.

The incident happened in broad daylight, 400 metres from the perimeter of the Royal Artillery barracks, in Woolwich, south-east London, sparking a terrorist alert that saw the government crisis committee Cobra convene in emergency session. Hours later, David Cameron described what had occurred as "an absolutely sickening attack".

 

US concerned by Egypt's civil rights record

WASHINGTON — The United States expressed concern Monday at the repression of civil rights in Egypt, particularly the free speech rights of political activists and journalists.

"We are deeply concerned by the growing trend of efforts to punish and deter political expression in Egypt," said Patrick Ventrell, a State Department spokesman, just ahead of the first anniversary of the election of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

"Numerous individuals, including journalists, bloggers and activists have been detained, and some are being charged and put on trial for allegedly defaming government figures," Ventrell said.

 

Activist youth leader detained by Egyptian authorities at airport upon arrival from US

CAIRO — Egypt’s prosecutor general on Friday ordered a prominent youth leader detained for four days pending an investigation into accusations he incited anti-government violence, a security official said, in the latest case of a pro-democracy activist being held over similar charges.

The detention sparked a wave of anger among activists and the April 6 youth movement, which was at the forefront of the country’s 2011 uprising, called for nationwide protests, including one in front of President Mohammed Morsi’s house.

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Member of Scottish Parliament concerned over misuse of Pakistan blasphemy laws

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GLASGOW, UK (Rebecca Gebauer) John Mason, a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) expressed his concern over the Pakistan’s blasphemy laws during a meeting with delegates of Global Minorities Alliance at the Alliance’s office on Monday April, 29.

Sheraz Khan, Chief Executive of Global Minorities Alliance gave an in-depth briefing to Mr Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston on the widespread misuse of Pakistan’s disputed blasphemy laws. Mr Khan told the MSP that the laws were being widely misused in Pakistan to settle personal scores and vendettas.

He said the misuse of the blasphemy laws had dealt a massive blow to communal and interfaith relations in Pakistan. He requested Mr Mason to voice the Alliance’s concern over the misuse of Pakistan blasphemy laws in the Scottish Parliament. Mr Mason said that he would write to the Pakistan Consulate in the first instance. A members’ motion or question to a minster would be possible other options.

Mr Khan also drew the MSP’s attention towards infiltration of Islam in the text books of linguistics and social sciences. “A grade 2 book of Urdu language asks questions like: Who are we? and the answer given is : We are Muslims,” Mr Khan told the meeting.

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France struggles with Islamist extremism in jails

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Soldiers stand by tourists as they patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris 

Soldiers stand by tourists as they patrol near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

 

VILLEPINTE, France: In France, the path to Islamist militancy often begins with a minor offense that throws a young man into an overcrowded, violent jail and produces a hardened convert ready for jihad.

With the country on heightened security alert since January when French troops began fighting Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali, authorities are increasingly worried about homegrown militants emerging from France’s own jails.

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Tanzania Arrests 4 Saudis Over church Bomb Attack  

Tanzanian police have arrested at least six suspects, including four Saudi Arabian nationals, in connection with a bomb attack on a church in the northern city of Arusha on Sunday in which two people were killed and dozens injured, police officials said Tuesday.

It is the first time foreigners have been arrested for suspected involvement in the hitherto local religious tensions that have been simmering for several months now between the country's Christians and Muslims.

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Wounded churchgoers lie on the ground after a blast at the St. Joseph Mfanyakazi Roman Catholic Church in Arusha, Tanzania Sunday.

"Four Saudi Arabia nationals were arrested near the Namanga border post, on the Kenyan border. We suspect they were the brains behind the attack," a police official, who declined to be named, said by telephone from Arusha.

 

Egypt's Morsi Brings More Islamists into Cabinet

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, third left, attends Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2013.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, third left, attends Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2013.

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi increased the influence of his Muslim Brotherhood over government in a Cabinet reshuffle that replaced two ministers involved in crucial talks with the IMF over a $4.8 billion loan.

The changes fell well short of the opposition's demand for a complete overhaul of Prime Minister Hisham Kandil's administration and the installation of a neutral Cabinet to oversee parliamentary elections later this year.

 

What the Egyptian press has not published

This week, Egypt witnessed three events have not received the desired media attention,

First: several hundreds of Salafis demonstrated last Thursday evening in front of the headquarter of the National Security (the former name: State Security) to denounce what they called the return of prosecutions of persons belonging to religious stream, their pretext was that the National Security Agency Sent requests to attend some activists affiliated with the stream of political Islam in the previous period

But, Monitoring the events, clear that the main objective of these demonstrations and protests is to bring down the National Security Agency and weaken it as what happened to the Interior Ministry during the revolution of January 2011, especially those protests came after attacks on Copts by Salafist groups and throwing Molotov cocktails at the church in Wasta City (in Bani Swaif Province)

    

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Egyptian activist to be tried for insulting president, remains in custody

By Associated Press,

TANTA, Egypt — Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country’s president in a TV interview, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Douma is to stand trial on Sunday — less than a week after being arrested. He is the first prominent opposition activist to be tried on charges of insulting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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Egypt: Clashes outside Copt cathedral leave 1 dead

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  • Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. A picture of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda is seen at end of street.  EGYPT OUT Photo: Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

    Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. A picture of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda is seen at end of street. EGYPT OUT Photo: Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

    Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the...

  • CAIRO (AP) — Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one and turning Cairo's main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

The clashes raised tempers in an already tense political atmosphere, as workers shut down the country's trains in a strike over wages and a dispute over the nation's chief prosecutor entered a new phase — all signs of two years of unending turmoil.

Reacting to Sunday's violence, the Muslim Brotherhood's political party blamed "dubious" attempts by unnamed parties to broaden instability in Egypt by igniting sectarian violence and spreading chaos.

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Act of terrorism plan suspects plead guilty in UK

Anzal Hussain left, and Mohammed Hasseen, right

Anzal Hussain left, and Mohammed Hasseen, right ((AP Photo/ West Midalnds Police via PA))   

April 30, 2013 (LONDON) -- Six men pleaded guilty in Britain on Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack on a demonstration by the far-right English Defense League which failed because the plotters arrived after the rally ended.

 

The men were arrested in July in central England after a search of an impounded vehicle found hidden guns, a nail bomb and other weapons, prompting police to trace and arrest the driver, the passenger and the other suspects.

  

Muslims attack Coptic Cathedral in Cairo 

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, Egyptian police surrounded and protected Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral of Cairo, the headquarters of the Coptic Pope, after four hours of attacks on the church by Muslims throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and firearms, and where Christians gathered to mourn their dead. 

A liturgy was being held for eight murdered Christians resulting from a bloodthirsty rampage by Muslim vigilantes three days earlier on Friday afternoon. Muslims took revenge upon an entire Christian neighborhood in reaction to an incident a few hours earlier where a Christian male defended the life of a Christian girl under assault by a Muslim. 

Tea Party Congressman: Muslim Brotherhood Is Guiding Obama In Boston Bombings Investigation

Appearing on World Net Daily’s radio show, Gohmert speculated that Attorney General Eric Holder read bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to “shut him up” and undermine the investigation into the brothers’ possible ties to radical Islam. “It’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us,” he said, before noting that Obama has displayed a “real pattern” of “incompetence” in responding to the threat from extremists during his tenure. He then suggested that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the administration and are leading the president astray:

 

Egypt steps up campaign against TV satirist, threatens to close station airing his program

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday stepped up a campaign against a popular TV comedian accused of insulting the president, threatening to revoke the license of a private TV station that airs his weekly program and angrily dismissing U.S. criticism of legal proceedings against him.

The satirist, Bassem Youssef, was questioned by state prosecutors earlier this week over accusations that he insulted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and Islam. On his Jon Stewart-inspired show, Youssef frequently satirizes everything from the president’s policies to his mannerisms, as well as hardline Islamic clerics, while highlighting contradictions in their comments.

 

Egyptian police refuse to protect Coptic Christians during gun and machete attack on mourners at cathedral

  • Men with guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to cathedral
  • Uniformed officers looked on and appeared to help one gunman take aim
  • Worshippers were streaming out of service held for victims of earlier clash
  • It follows increase in tensions between Egypt's Christians and Muslims

By Leon Watson

 

A shocking video has emerged that appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by as an anti-Christian mob launch a frenzied attack on a cathedral filled with mourners.

Two worshippers were left dead and 84 injured, including 11 police officers, as men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the walled Coptic cathedral compound in Cairo earlier this month.

Footage of the prolonged mass attack shows uniformed officers looking on and appearing to help one gunman take aim at people streaming out of a service held for five men killed in an earlier clash with Muslims.

 

New footage has emerged of men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the Coptic cathedral in Cairo earlier this month

 

A Brief History of Radical Islamists in the U.S. Armed Forces

Eric Harroun was charged Thursday for fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, but he's far from the first veteran to turn to terrorism. Nor is he likely to be the last.

A fighter from the Syria-based Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra runs as their base is shelled in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, on March 14, 2013. (Reuters)

Over the last decade, U.S. Armed Forces have spent much of their time fighting against militants in distant lands. But something else has gone largely unnoticed during this time. Rather than trying to kill terrorists, some American soldiers have joined them.

 

Protest over Christian persecution in Egypt held outside the House of Lords in London

By Alexandra Geels

Special to ASSIST News Service

LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Enraged demonstrators condemned the persecution of the Coptic Christians of Egypt outside the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK parliament, during a protest demonstration organized by Coptic United (www.unitedcopts.org) on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Protesters outside the House of Lords condemn Christian Persecution in Egypt

Coptic clerics, human rights activists, as well as leaders of like-minded organizations including Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow-based human rights organization’s with its Chief Executive, Sheraz Khan, and others, participated in the protest.

 

 

U.S. accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression over questioning of popular satirist

U.S. State Department lambasts Egyptian authorities for targeting comedian Bassem Youssef over allegations he insulted President Mohammed Morsi and Islam.

Popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef.
Popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to is supporters as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office in Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2013. Photo by AP
The United States on Monday accused Egypt of muzzling freedom of speech after prosecutors questioned the most popular Egyptian television satirist over allegations he insulted President Mohammed Morsi and Islam.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also suggested the Egyptian authorities were selectively prosecuting those accused of insulting the government while ignoring or playing down attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

Bassem Youssef, who rose to fame with a satirical online show after the uprising that swept autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011, turned himself in on Sunday after the prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for the comedian on Saturday.

 

Egypt’s opposition calls protests, charges Islamists attempting to take over judiciary

By Associated Press,

CAIRO — Egypt’s main opposition group and judges vowed Monday to step up their fight against plans by the Islamist-dominated legislature to debate a bill critics say aims to impose Muslim Brotherhood control over the courts.

The judiciary has become the latest battleground between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The bill, expected to reduce retirement age for judges, has already sparked violence between opponents and supporters.

On Monday, Morsi met with members of the top judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council, in an attempt to contain the situation. Morsi said in a statement he “doesn’t accept any encroaching on the judiciary or judges” and urged judges to stay clear of media debates and political interference over the issue to reaffirm respect of the judiciary in people’s mind.

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Egypt: Morsy’s opposition is described as traitors in public school exam

Ammar Fouad, political activist, said that Arabic language exams of the second and third grade of the preparatory school in Damietta have described the opposition as traitors whose flesh should be eaten by fishes!

He wondered: How come this happens in the exams of a public school, and Eng. Saad El Sherbiny, who is in charge of the education departments in Damietta, is holding his peace while the Muslim Brotherhood group is seizing schools and education departments in Damietta.

He threatened to hold sit-in and hunger strike to prevent such seizure.

 

Copt groups in UK protest to stop 'human rights violations' in Egypt

Coptic organisations in the UK stage a demonstration in London on Saturday against "barbaric" human rights violations in Egypt

Amer Sultan in London , Saturday 20 Apr 2013

Demonstrating before the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK parliament, Christian protesters called on the UK and other world powers to put pressure on the Egyptian government to stop “the persecution of liberal and religious minorities” in Egypt.

 

The organisers of the demo included Coptic organisations such as United Copts, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and United Action for Egyptian Christians.

The organisers said they are protesting against all violations of human rights in Egypt.

“We invited all Egyptians and freedom loving people in UK to express grave concern over the kind of human rights [regime] in Egypt,” Ibrahim Habib, from United Copts, told Ahram Online.

 

Sudanese Christian woman held without charge: AI

March 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, a Sudanese Christian woman and NGO worker, has been detained without charges for over month by the Sudanese security services (NSS) following her arrest from her home in Khartoum last month, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement.

According to Amnesty, the 64-year-old accountant was working for an Evangelical Christian organisation prior to her arrest on the morning of 12 February when four men, who identified themselves as members of the NSS, entered the house and arrested her without providing a reason.

   
Coptic Pope, Morsi in War of Words Over Attacks on Christians
By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Yesterday saw a sharp exchange of words between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Egyptian Presidency over the attacks on Copts in Al-Khosous city in Qaliubia on April 4 and 5 (AINA 4-6-2013) and the attack on mourners at St Mark Cathedral as they left the funeral service for Al-Khosous victims on Sunday 7th April (AINA 4-7-2013). One Copt was killed by gunfire in the attack and 89 were injured. One Muslim died after falling from a ladder, which he had climbed to destroy the Cathedral's security camera.

The attack on St. Mark Cathedral was not prevented by security forces, who stood by and watched.

Pope Tawadros II, who was not present during the funeral service on Sunday, announced today that he is retiring in the monastery of St.Pishoy in Wadi Natroun and has cancelled all previous apointments until further notice.

 

Radical Islam Tortures, Beats American Pastor Beyond Recognition

Pastor Saeed Abedini 

Pastor Saeed Abedini is enduring torture for the name of Christ. (ACLJ)

We have just obtained a new letter from imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini written to his wife, Naghmeh, and his family in Iran.  In it, as in his previous two letters written inside the brutal Evin Prison, he documents the results of the continued abuse and torture he endures.

This letter, likely written weeks ago, was received by his family just yesterday. Written on the margins of scraps of newspaper, it is only the third letter Abedini has been able to get to his family in the past nearly 180 days of imprisonment and underscores the difficulty of getting any information from Iran about his condition.

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Two Birmingham men guilty of terror charges

Mohammed Rizwan and Bahader Ali 

Mohammed Rizwan and Bahader Ali will be sentenced later this month

Two men from Birmingham have pleaded guilty to being part of a terrorist cell whose leaders were planning a suicide bomb attack in the UK.

Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

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Christian Victims of Riot Damage in Pakistan Disillusioned, Fearful

Government promises leave residents of Joseph Colony empty.

By Our Pakistan Correspondent

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LAHORE, Pakistan, March 22, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Christians living in tents here after Muslims destroyed more than 175 homes following a blasphemy accusation are disillusioned that authorities have not compensated them, but for some the greatest pain is what cannot be replaced.

“I am still unable to recover from the trauma after seeing my house burnt down completely,” said one elderly woman, Meraj Bibi. “It takes ages to build a house and make it into home, but these cruel people shattered our lives within minutes.”

 

Egyptian police hold Dutch reporter overnight after citizen arrest, then release her

CAIRO — A Dutch journalist working in Egypt said she was released Tuesday from nearly 12 hours in police custody after an Egyptian vigilante arrested her and turned her over to authorities, accusing her of spreading European culture and endangering the country.

Rena Netjes, a freelance reporter for a number of Dutch media who covers Egypt and Libya, told The Associated Press that the citizen who arrested her on Monday took her passport and handed her over to police in a Cairo suburb. At the time, she was asking young people in the area if she could interview them.

Prosecutors released her on Tuesday after police held her overnight. A Dutch Embassy spokesman said Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered Netjes’ release and asked her to renew her expired Egyptian press credentials. The spokesman requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

 

Egypt: A panel of judges recommends dissolution of Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO — A panel of judges on Wednesday recommended the dissolution of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which President Mohammed Morsi hails, arguing it has no legal status.

The recommendation is not binding, but is significant given charges by the opposition that the Brotherhood’s leadership is the real power behind Morsi. The president and Brotherhood have repeatedly denied the charge.


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