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Why Christians should stick up for atheists

13 November 2014 14:07

Christians and Muslims in Egypt are joining forces to address the challenge of atheism, according to this news report. (It reminds me of the old headline from Northern Ireland: ‘Catholics… Continue reading

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Al-Jazeera's journalists stand inside the defendants cage (Photo: MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty)

Free speech, caged – journalists jailed in Egypt

23 June 2014 17:14

Three journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Egypt have been sentenced to between seven and ten years in an Egyptian jail on ‘terrorist-related’ offences. The former BBC correspondent Peter Greste and… Continue reading

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David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

23 September 2013 9:31

The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed… Continue reading

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William Hague: Egypt turbulence could last for years

19 August 2013 9:42

William Hague’s interview on the Today programme this morning included the gloomy warning the the turmoil in Egypt is unlikely to end soon. He said that ‘there may be years… Continue reading

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Egyptians carry the coffin of one of the four policemen, killed during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

How the Egyptian army handed the Muslim Brotherhood a victory

15 August 2013 16:28

You don’t have to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood’s clerical fashion to recoil at the draconian treatment of its members yesterday. Indeed, some reports now suggest that more… Continue reading

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since Mohammed Mursi was overthrown, members of the group have come… Continue reading

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Who is optimistic about the Middle East now?

3 August 2013 14:23

This weekend’s closing of US embassies in the Muslim world and the British embassy in Yemen combined with the warning to Americans about overseas travel is another reminder that the… Continue reading

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Ennahda supporters chant slogans during another night of protest in Tunisia. (FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

Tunisia is not following Egypt’s path

1 August 2013 16:01

In recent days Tunisia has seen major unrest after the assassination of opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi. Faced with growing unrest over a faltering economy and rising violence by extremists, Tunisia’s… Continue reading

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Egyptian President Morsy Ousted In Military Coup

Egyptian coup underlines America’s diminishing influence in the Middle East

5 July 2013 13:53

This week’s coup in Egypt leaves President Obama’s administration in an awkward position. Although the State Department has insisted it remained neutral in the dispute, American taxpayers have been supporting… Continue reading

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Hague stays vague on Egyptian coup

4 July 2013 8:56

William Hague was as circumspect as he possibly could be about the situation in Egypt in his Today interview. He insisted that Britain would work with whoever was in power… Continue reading

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Egypt’s institutions are so weak the army is all that’s left

3 July 2013 16:47

There’s a joke doing the rounds in Tahrir Square which goes like this: ‘Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak all tried to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood, but only Mursi succeeded’. As protests… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Another wretched day for Ed Miliband

3 July 2013 16:23

Today Ed Miliband headed for the favourite destination of faltering leaders: abroad. Any crisis-stricken banana republic will do. At PMQs the Labour leader decided that Egypt would fit the bill.… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and David Cameron get personal in PMQs

3 July 2013 13:53

When Ed Miliband began at PMQs by asking about Egypt, it looked like he was going to do six high-minded questions on foreign affairs and thus dodge the political attack… Continue reading

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Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor's office in the high court in Cairo, on March 31, 2013.  (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bassem Youssef’s arrest is just one example of the attack on free speech in Egypt

4 April 2013 14:34

Bassem Youssef is better known as ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’. He is a 39 year old cardiologist who made his name with an online comedy programme styled along the lines of… Continue reading

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An Egyptian protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday. Picture: Getty

Morsi uses emergency laws he once decried as dictatorial

28 January 2013 13:53

The emergency law has returned to Egypt less than two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, when Mohammed Morsi reintroduced it to curb unrest which claimed 33 lives… Continue reading

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A political opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is bound in gaol. Image: Getty

BBC begins to see that the Arab Spring has not sprung

11 December 2012 10:18

Hugely exciting Ten O Clock News last night on the Arab Spring – or ‘Arab Uprising’ as the BBC now prefers to call it, the word Spring usually being associated… Continue reading

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A Mursi supporter holds a banner as hundreds of others protest against the President's decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. Picture: Getty

Mursi has divided Egypt in two with his authoritarianism

3 December 2012 19:29

The thing about Islamists is that they just can’t help themselves. Mohammed Mursi’s stock was riding high in certain quarters shortly after he slapped down Hamas in Gaza and avoided… Continue reading

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Egypt's Mohammed Mursi has won plaudits from, among others, the UN's Ban Ki-Moon, even while he strengthens his grip on power. Image: Getty.

Israel under Islamist siege

23 November 2012 13:27

I have a piece in the Wall Street Journal (Europe) today on the pyrrhic ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also – this week’s magazine carries a cover piece by me… Continue reading

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The Gazan conflict poses a dilemma for Mohammed Morsi

19 November 2012 17:34

As tensions between Israel and Gaza continue to flare, the real story is what’s happening in Cairo. The conflict represents an acute crisis for the Muslim Brotherhood, which knows the… Continue reading

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The hopeful phrase 'Arab Spring' cannot mask the march of intolerance across the Middle East or the fact that power rests with armed gangs. Image: Getty

‘Arab Spring’ is a misnomer

12 October 2012 16:58

What do you do when confronted with a prejudice so strong it takes your breath away? In my case, I did what was immediately necessary. I took a deep breath… Continue reading

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Naturally, the Labour Party will be discussing the implications of the Muslim Brotherhood's latest provocations. Image: Getty.

Party conferences: a vapid kind of hell

1 October 2012 17:37

As I may have intimated last week, political conference season is a particular kind of hell. Most of us just are not diverted by faked class warfare or efforts by… Continue reading

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The Muslim Brotherhood’s rank hypocrisy

14 September 2012 13:49

Western media and governments which are currently white-washing the Muslim Brotherhood should take note of the following, a classic example of the organisation’s traditionally forked-tongue way of working. Ahram Online… Continue reading

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Iranian state broadcasters edited a speech about Syria to save President Ahmadinejad embarrassment. Picture: Getty.

How Iranian media saved Ahmadinejad from embarrassment

5 September 2012 20:44

If you ever needed an indication of how the media spouts the propaganda of authoritarian regimes like loyalist apparatchiks faithfully repeating the party line then look no further than Iran.… Continue reading

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Journalists watch Ahmadinejad speak next to Mursi at the opening session of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. Picture: Getty.

Mursi’s mischief and muscle in Iran

30 August 2012 17:46

It is not uncommon for new leaders of new nations to flex their muscles. And in spite of its millennia of history as a nation, this is precisely where Egypt… Continue reading

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