Several members of the Egyptian constitutional committee have called for the explicit prohibition of the establishment of religious political parties to be included in the new Egypt Constitution. The recommendation came during a session held in order to ensure equality among all citizens.
Mohamed Abul Ghar, civil currents representative at the committee, demanded the new constitution should ensure complete equality for all peoples of Egypt regardless of background, sex, and faith.
He also called for the strengthening of civil society so it would be able to stand in the face of any threat to equality and peace. more >>
Egyptian Coptic Christians in Dalga have been forced to pay a "submission" tax to the Islamists that have ruled their city since early July. The tax is being forced upon any non-Muslim who refuses to convert to Islam.
This fee, known as a "jizya" tax, has historic roots in political Islam. American author and translator Raymond Ibrahim, who has Coptic lineage, has said that the jizya was what "conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords 'with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued' to safeguard their existence."
If non-Muslims converted to Islam, they were no longer taxed. more >>
Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, has insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood cannot be exonerated from the responsibility for the attacks on Copts because they are the agitators and participated in the attacks.
In his article titled "Who is responsible for what happened to Copts," Ibrahim wrote that the responsibility for the acts of violence that have taken place against Copts after the breakup of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahda squares cannot be identified without taking into account the state of polarization that produced hate speech and mobilized the hearts of those who directly carried out the attacks.
The researcher underscored the instigative speech of the Brotherhood's leaders. more >>
Islamists have taken over a southern Egyptian city, vandalizing its Christian institutions and terrorizing its Coptic population.
Since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown on July 3, Islamists have ruled Dalga, a city of 120,000 people, 20,000 of whom are Christians. Immediately after Morsi was forced to step down, attackers plundered Christian institutions, stealing ancient churches icons and electrical equipment and burning the buildings after they had finished.
Egypt's interior minister survived an apparent assassination attempt on his motorcade in Cairo on Thursday. The country continues to be embroiled in violent clashes between loyalists to ousted President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the military government, although the Muslim Brotherhood has denied any involvement in Thursday's attack.
The attack took place as Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who is in charge of the country's police force, traveled with his motorcade through Cairo's Nasr City district, where his official residence is located. A bomb exploded in Ibrahim's motorcade, and although Ibrahim was not harmed, at least 10 other people were injured, and police claim to have killed two of the attackers.
It is still unclear how the bomb was detonated; some media outlets are stipulating that the bomb was attached to a car, while others are saying it was thrown from a nearby building, landing in the center of the motorcade. The attack may have also involved a suicide bomber and additional shooters, but more will not be known until authorities are able to comb through the damage. Photos posted on social media websites show a large explosion area with charred vehicles and debris littering the streets. more >>
Egyptian judges have recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic organization behind ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as hundreds of its members have been arrested for leading the protests against the interim government, which has caused clashes resulting in hundreds of deaths.
The panel of judges accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law, The Associated Press reported, and recommended that its headquarters in Cairo be closed down – the same headquarters that were attacked by anti-Morsi protesters in early July.
Morsi has not been heard from since he was ousted by Egypt's military, but reports note that he is being held in detention at an undisclosed location. more >>