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The Emergency Law: Reading between the lines

   Problems on hold    The Palm Sunday (9 April) twin suicide bombings at the church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in the mid-Delta town of Tanta, and at Alexandria’s St Mark’s cathedral sent shock waves through Egypt. The State moved to take serious…


Reliving the glorious Resurrection

Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the crucified Jesus, the Saviour who attained the reconciliation of humankind with God, saved the children of Adam from eternal death and took them back into the arms of the Heavenly Father.How majestic and…


Christ: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise”

 Two suicide explosions in churches in Egypt have claimed more than 45 lives.  The Coptic Orthodox Church has yet again sacrificed another batch of her children as martyrs of faith, marking a new chapter in the rich history of the Church of the Martyrs. This time…


Amman Summit:Embellishment, ranting, incapacity

    Problems on hold   The 28th Arab League Summit was held on 29 March in Jordan.  Sadly, no one expected the Arab leaders to work any real change to the precarious, fragmented Arab scene, or to adopt stances or decisions that would…


Law for Building and Restoring Churches: Trouble in Sohag

   Problems on hold  When the Law for Building and Restoring Churches was passed in September 2016, it aroused heated controversy. Some Egyptians were elated that the long-awaited legislation had finally seen light and were optimistic about it. Others were sceptical and…


Journalists’ Syndicate elections: déjà vu

   Problems on hold    Egypt’s journalists have elected Abdel-Mohsen Salama as head of their syndicate, and six new members to the syndicate board. This round of elections was among the fiercest and most critical the syndicate has seen. Members vociferously called for…


Setting the market back on track

    Problems on hold     No one can tamper with market laws, least of all the time-honoured law of supply and demand. This law is the measure that truly reflects market conditions with no falsification, exaggeration, or understatement. Opinions which attribute the current…


A meeting with the Pope

 It’s not every day that you meet the Pope. We marked our calendar for Monday 6 March 2017 for that special event. A Watani group headed then to the papal headquarters at St Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassiya to meet Pope…


Interior Minister: “We never asked the Copts to leave”

 Problems on hold  Watani is closely following up on the predicament of al-Arish Copts who last month had to flee their hometown from the face of Islamist terrorism, and took refuge in various places over Egypt. The Suez Canal town of…


Problems on hold No divorce in Christianity

   Egyptians have been recently embroiled in controversy over divorce in Islam, triggered by a suggestion by President Sisi that verbal divorce would be invalidated and replaced by official divorce before courts of law. But al-Azhar, the topmost authority on Sunni Islam,…

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