#FreeAya – 900 days in prison

Aya Hijazi, Mohamed Hassanein (Aya’s husband), and 5 other volunteers have been in prison for 900 days. Their crime: starting the Belady Foundation that was helping street children. Slammed with bogus, false, and ridiculous charges, they have been held in detention beyond the two-year legal maximum permitted by Egypt’s own law. This is a particularly important subject … More #FreeAya – 900 days in prison

#dailyupdate: on spiritual heartbreak and countering extremism

A few days ago, I was working on this 50 page research paper that is dealing with sectarianism in the Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. I’ve tried to avoid dealing with Sharia law in general because I simply do not know enough and haven’t had time to do proper research. However, I realized that I had … More #dailyupdate: on spiritual heartbreak and countering extremism

Book Review: The Time Travel of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets

Leaping uncontrollably through history, Khairy Shalaby creates a time lapse of Cairo through words, covering thousands of years of history. He writes in short chapters telling a fantastical story of power struggle, of emir’s, sultan’s, revenge, death, and of kingdoms rising and falling. What most surprised me though is the main character, Ibn Shalaby, the … More Book Review: The Time Travel of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets

Law: Military Trials to Prosecute Crimes Against Property and Public Institutions

المادة الاولى مع عدم الاخلال بدون القوات المسلحة في حماية البلاد وسلامة اراضيها وامنها، تتولى القوات المسلحة معاونة اجهزة الشرطة والتنسيق الكامل معها في تامين وحماية المنشآت العامة  والحيوية بما في ذلك محطات وشبكات ابراج الكهرباء وخطوط الغاز وحقرل البترول وخطوط السكك الحديدية وشبكات الطرق والكباري وغيرها من المنشآت والموافق والممتلكات العامة وما يدخل في … More Law: Military Trials to Prosecute Crimes Against Property and Public Institutions

Third Anniversary: Candlelight Vigil for Maspero Massacre Victims

Every year remembering Maspero becomes more important. Impunity continues fiercely and sectarianism robs citizens of property, family members, safety, and their basic right to life. This anniversary remembers a massacre in Egypt, but I cannot help but think of Syria, Iraq, and each and every country in our region that is caving under the hatred … More Third Anniversary: Candlelight Vigil for Maspero Massacre Victims

Yesterday an Enemy, Today a Friend?

This was originally published on EgyptSource. The nuanced, complicated-nature, and symbolic defeat of a theological state that came with June 30 has left most Christians in Egypt ironically and dangerously excited, hopeful, and confident in the current government and more precisely, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Seven months ago, on August 14, Egyptian Christians fell … More Yesterday an Enemy, Today a Friend?

Two-Hundred Lives Lost | Sectarian Violence around the World

The world has lost over two-hundred lives this week to mindless sectarian violence; Kenya, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and the never ending silent suffering of those we do not even know about all over the world. Iraq Iraq, a country that has been ravaged by violence for years, and yet so easily forgotten. This year Agence … More Two-Hundred Lives Lost | Sectarian Violence around the World

Sectarian Attacks: An Interactive Database

Based on the database of sectarian attacks initially launched on Nile Revolt, we have now upgraded the original database to an interactive database available for all users [sectarianattacks.com]. Using this database, you can make corrections to existing posts (by sharing updated information, photos, and videos) and also report new sectarian attacks that have not already … More Sectarian Attacks: An Interactive Database

Egypt’s Christians: Pawns in a Political Chess Game

This was originally published on EgyptSource. Following the violent and bloody dispersal of the month-long pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Raba’a al-Adaweya and al-Nahda, a wave of attacks spread across Egypt leaving close to one hundred churches and Christian properties attacked, damaged, or fully destroyed. While there are only a few reported deaths, this is the largest, most … More Egypt’s Christians: Pawns in a Political Chess Game

Update: Saraqna, Assuit: Clarifying news on the killing

Recently news spread of the killing of the mayor of Saraqna, a village in Assuit, and his son-in-law. We have called relatives, as this is my village (of origin), to get more details and I’m sharing some clarifications below. Please take note: this is all information that was given to us personally and not from … More Update: Saraqna, Assuit: Clarifying news on the killing