Saturday, December 17, 2005

نداء الى الأقباط بمصر

نريد أن نسمع منكم
ان كنت تقدمت للحصول على الفيزا من السفارة الأمريكية بالقاهرة و تعرضت الى معاملة فظة من بعض موظفى السفارة سواء المصريين أو الأجانب
او ان كنت كاهنا وتقدمت للحصول على الفيزا وتم رفضها بدون ابداء الأسباب
اوبالنسبة لعائلات وأسر المتقدمين بطلبات اللجوء فى أمريكا فى حال تم إفشاء اية معلومات او وثائق فى ملفاتكم الى الحكومة المصرية او مباحث أمن الدولة بمصر
أو ان تقدمت بطلب للحصول على وظيفة وتعتقد انه تم تخطيك لكونك مسيحى
، رجاء مراسلتنا ببعض التفاصيل على بريدنا الالكترونى
معلوماتكم ستظل سرية

مواطنة مصرية تتعرض للاضطهاد والتنكيل كونها مسيحية

صادر عن : دائرة العمل الميداني
تلقى برنامج مناصرة حقوق الإنسان / مصر عبر مصادره تعرض موظفة بالوحدة الحسابية بمستشفى صدر المحلة الكبرى .. مديرية الشئون الصحية بالغربية .. للاضطهاد والتعسف على خلفية ديانتها , وصدور قرار السيدة / مراقب عام الحسابات بنقلها في إطار جهودها لتصفية موظفي الوحدة المسيحيين العاملين تحت رئاستها
فقد تلقى نشطاء البرنامج معلومات أفادت تعرض السيدة / أمال عزيز سليمان لأشكال من المعاملة الحاطة بالكرامة والمهينة , ثم تصعيد الأمر في مواجهة الموظفة والتنكيل بها من قبل السيدة / خديجة توفيق المنسي مراقب مالي الوحدة ( والمنتدبة من المديرية المالية بالغربية ) والتي أصدرت قراراً بنقل الموظفة خارج الوحدة في إطار تنفيذ ما أعلنته عن مساعيها لاستبعاد كافة موظفي الوحدة المسيحيين العاملين تحت إشرافها تأكيداً لشعار أعلنته ( الإسلام هو الحل )
سبق ذلك صدور قرار السيدة / المراقب المالي بنقل ذات الموظفة من الوحدة خلال شهر سبتمبر من العام الماضي تأثرا بما يطرحه زميلها المدعو / أشرف الأجهورى من أفكار معادية للآخر ولم ينفذ هذا القرار لعدم تسبيبه , تلي ذلك نقل السيد / محروس رزق بدوى ( مسيحي ) خلال شهر يونيو 2005 خارج الوحدة دون إسناد أي عمل إليه حتى تاريخه
إن برنامج مناصرة حقوق الإنسان إذ يدين كافة الممارسات المعادية لحقوق الإنسان ونفى الآخر وتمزيق وحدة النسيج الوطني بالتمييز بين المواطنين بسبب الدين أو المعتقد , وكذا إساءة استغلال النفوذ الوظيفي في التنكيل بالآخر ..يطالب بوقفة حازمة تجاه هذه الممارسات المجافية لحقوق الإنسان وأبسط مقومات المواطنة وانتهاك حقوق المواطنة المصرية / أمال عزيز سليمان

US Archbishop Candid About Islamic Persecution of Christians

By Gudrun Schultz
WASHINGTON, DC, United States, December 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Archbishop Charles Chaput, of the diocese of Denver, broke free from politically correct restrictions to speak openly about growing Moslem persecution of Christians, in an address to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, of which he is a member.

“Anti-Christian discrimination and violence seem to be growing throughout the Islamic world,” said Archbishop Chaput. “In the past several years, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and even Moslem-controlled areas of the heavily Catholic Philippines have all seen extraordinary acts of bloodshed against Christians.”

The Archbishop expressed his concern over consistent lack of media attention given to acts of violence against Christians.

“Three things distinguish anti-Christian persecution and discrimination around the world. First, it’s ugly. Second, it’s growing. And third, the mass media generally ignore or downplay its gravity.”

Archbishop Chaput referred to media coverage of recent bloody persecution in Indonesia of the Christian minority, by Moslem extremists, as an example of media inaccuracy and neglect

“News reports tend to describe Indonesia’s violence as generically “sectarian,” as if Moslem and Christian extremists were mutually responsible. This is troubling and flatly false,” said Archbishop Chaput. “The bloodshed is overwhelmingly provoked and carried out by Islamic militants against the Christian minority. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of persons have been displaced and thousands killed in this anti-Christian campaign of violence.”

The attacks referred to by the Archbishop included the beheading of three Christian teen-age girls in late October by Moslem extremists, on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The Archbishop ended his address with a warning that localized acts of violence against Christians by extremists threaten relationships between Christians and Muslims worldwide, “something neither community of faith can afford.”

Muslims in the United States: Truths and Calumnies

By Magdi Khalil *


The recent disturbing articles and news in the Arabic media may very well lead people to believe that the Muslims living in the United States are being subjected to collective persecution or even eradication--a false accusation easily refuted by the fact that millions of Muslims continue to apply for emigration to, and temporary residence in, the United States for study and business purposes. Polls conducted by credible organizations show that even now, and in spite of the unprecedented hostility towards the United States and the West, millions of Muslims around the world still aspire to live in the United States or Europe.

I would like to shed light on the situation of Muslims living in the United States, and to call the readers’ attention to a number of significant facts:

1. Muslims are able to practice their religious rituals and celebrations freely, as well as openly maintaining and asserting their cultural traditions.

2. They are granted total religious freedom including the freedom to proselytize anywhere, even within the American prison system; a CNN report indicated that the ratio of prisoners who convert to Islam each year is 1:6.

3. Muslims have the right to establish Islamic schools, institutes and universities anywhere in the United States with no constrictions; the American government has even provided support to some of these institutions.
4. Muslims have the right to establish their own media, with no restrictions or particular conditions, whether they will operate in their own languages or in the English language. They also have total access to Arab and Islamic media in the form of newspapers, magazines, and satellite channels, and though most of those are openly hostile to the United States, none of them have been banned by the United States.

5. There are numerous registered Islamic institutions and associations that are concerned with the defense of Muslims’ rights, freely operating under the American law. No restrictions are imposed on these associations as long as they are not associated with international terrorist organizations.

6. Muslims in America have the full right to wear the Islamic outfit, and to worship during working hours in most governmental agencies, schools, and institutes.

7. At the inauguration of the American Congress cycle, verses from the Holy “Quran” and Islamic prayers are recited among other prayers, underlining the fact that Islam is part of the mainstream religious landscape of the United States.

8. Muslims have the right to build mosques anywhere in the United States with no restrictions other than the ones that apply to buildings in general and to other houses of worship.

9. Muslim feasts are considered official holidays in schools where there is a significant Muslim presence, as well as for Muslim employees.

10. Following the events of September 11, 2001, a strong warning was issued against targeting the Muslims or subjecting them to abusive or vengeful measures, clearly stating that offenders would be subjected to serious penalties.

11. Complaints of abuse or discrimination are examined and handled with honesty and earnestness.

12. The Bush administration has offered its apology to Muslims, and openly rejected the insulting approach used by a few individuals in the media.

13. Members of the American administration speak respectfully about the Islamic religion in all occasions, making a clear distinction between Islam and terrorism.

14. President Bush organized an “Iftar celebration” at the White House that was attended by several members from the American administration, prominent members of the Arab and Islamic community, and guests from the Islamic World. Colin Powell, the then secretary of state, held a similar celebration in the State Department.

15. President George Bush visited several Islamic institutes in the wake of the events of September 11, in support of the American Muslims. During these visits he explicitly warned against any violation of Muslims’ rights.

16. The United States issued an Islamic postage stamp to celebrate the Islamic feasts. The stamp bearing the words “Blessed Feast” was reissued this year on the occasion of the Holy month of “Ramadan.”

17. The American president acknowledges the Islamic feasts and makes sure to pass on his good wishes to American Muslims and Muslims around the world.

18. The recent statistics of the Diversity Immigrant Visa program indicate that the number of visas allotted to Islamic countries has not decreased. Muslims who are currently residing in the United States and who have completed the legal requirements were granted American citizenship; there was no recorded violation of the Muslims’ rights in that respect.
19. Income statistics indicate that the per capita personal income of the Muslims in the United States exceeds that of the Americans themselves.

20. Muslims who suffer from discriminatory practices have the right to legally sue the organization or party that violated their legal rights; there are several American institutions which are dedicated to helping Muslims obtain their legal rights.

While a few unfortunate incidents took place following the events of September 11, they can only be described as isolated incidents that were effectively handled by the American authorities. Mostly, these incidents consisted of minor harassments, except in one case when a Muslim was killed.

Hopefully, these facts can help to clarify the truth about the Muslims’ situation in the United States.

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* Magdi Khalil is a political analyst, researcher, author and executive editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International. He is also a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, London, a free-lance writer for several Arabic language newspapers, and a frequent contributor to Middle East broadcast news TV. Mr. Khalil has also published three books and written numerous research papers on citizenship rights, civil society, and the situation of minorities in the Middle East. Magdi receives e-mail at Magdikh@hotmail.com.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Guide: Christians in the Middle East

The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world's most ancient Christian denominations. But Christian communities across the region are declining in numbers because of a combination of low birth rates, emigration and, in some places, persecution. Click here for the Middle East's Christians guide, by the BBC

أقباط أسيوط والمنيا علي حافة الخطر

مخاوف من اشتعال نار الفتنة
انتهت انتخابات مجلس الشعب ولكن في محافظتي المنيا وأسيوط مازال الموقف مشتعلا رغم إعلان النتائج وهناك جدل شديد حول النتائج وطريقة الدعاية التي قام بها مرشحو الإخوان المسلمين.فقد فرض الإخوان «شعارات دينية» نجحت في تقسيم المجتمع بصورة طائفية بترديد الشعارات الإسلامية ليس هذا فقط وإنما صاحب الشعارات ترويج الشائعات ضد مرشحي الأقباط والأحزاب السياسية الأمر الذي جعل الأقباط يتراجعون عن المشاركة والعودة إلي بيوتهم بعد إرهاب عدد كبير منهم وإجبارهم علي عدم الإدلاء بأصواتهم
وفي أسيوط مثلا جاء الخلاف بين الأقباط والأمين العام للحزب الوطني حول قضية إسلام إحدي الفتيات في قرية درنكة كمبرر للقيام بترشيح قبطي وتسميته مرشح الكنيسة في دائرة القوصية وحصل علي 5525 صوتا وجاء ترتيبه الثالث في قائمة الفئات والمتابع لمحافظة أسيوط يلاحظ موافقة أحمد همام عطية محافظ أسيوط ومعه محمد عبد المحسن صالح والأمين العام للحزب بأسيوط علي ترشيحات الحزب بالمحافظة إلي مجلس الشعب، كما يلاحظ المتابع أن هذه الموافقة ذهبت إلي الجحيم في جولة الإعادة التي تمت بين مرشح الوطني فئات وأحد المستقلين عمال ومرشح الإخوان عمال وأحد المستقلين علي مبادئ الوطني وهنا وقفت القيادات الأمنية والتنفيذية مع المرشح المستقل «وطني» فئات وتم التنسيق بينه وبين مرشح الإخوان «عمال» وضرب مرشح الحزب الرسمي وإسقاطه.الصراع بين القيادات التنفيذية ومرشحي الوطني كان واضحا في جميع الدوائر والأمين العام للحزب هناك انفرطت منه عناصر السيطرة التي كان يدير بها المعارك الانتخابية السابقة حيث ساند محافظ أسيوط مرشح مستقل بدائرة القوصية لوجود علاقة بينه وبين صهره
فرضت هذه الأجواء توتراً ساد عددا كبيراً من مراكز المحافظة بالإضافة إلي حالة الخوف الشديد التي سيطرت بسبب مشاركة الإخوان المسلمين بعدد كبير من المقاعد.والإخوان المسلمون في أسيوط حققوا نسبة نجاح 50% بنجاح عضوين من أربعة تم ترشيحهم والعضوان بدائرتي القوصية والفتح، وأصيب الشارع في المركزين بحالة من الإحباط الشديد لاكتشاف أن هذين المرشحين بعيدان كل البعد عن العمل السياسي.وفي المنيا شهدت العديد من الدوائر العديد من التجاوزات والتي حقق فيها الإخوان نسبة 100% من المرشحين وعددهم 6 أعضاء بدعاية طائفية ضد مرشحي الأقباط والأحزاب السياسية وإرهاب المواطنين بالبلطجة وتخويفهم مما جعل الإقبال علي التصويت ضعيفا ساعد ذلك علي نجاح مرشحيهم بالإضافة إلي امتناع بعض الأقباط عن التصويت
ومازالت الأزمة قائمة في المحافظتين تبشر بفتنة طائفية وذلك بحكم التركيبة السكانية حيث يتركز هناك أعداد كبيرة من المسيحيين الذين اصطدموا مع النتائج التي جاءت بمباركة الجهات التنفيذية والأمن وتخاذل الحزب الوطني.

Urgent - Another Episode of Terrorizing Coptic Christians in Egypt

The following is an account of eyewitnesses :

Another episode of terrorizing Christians has just taken place in Egypt.

In a small village called Kafr Salama near Menya El Kamh' in the governorate of Sharkeya (north east of Cairo) some Muslims, mainly young men belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group , attacked the houses, shops and properties of Christians. This took place after a fight between a Christian and a Muslim in the village, during which the father of the latter dropped dead after going into a diabetic coma when he watched the fight. Things quickly escalated after the rumor spread that "Christians killed Muslims." The naive Christians, knowing the tension was only the result of a normal fight, did not believe things would get any worse.
However, members of the Muslim Brotherhood began sending messages to neighboring villages asking for their assistance. Subsequently hundreds of Muslims gathered from different villages, attacking the houses, shops and belongings of Christians. So far, seven houses and one farm have been completely burned, and many houses have been destroyed. The Christian young man who was involved in the initial fight was massacred by the mob of Muslims. Furthermore, the numerous police vans that rushed into the village have been so far unsuccessful in protecting the Christians, most of whom have fled the village. The few Christian families that remain are currently stranded in their houses, awaiting attack by the Muslims, unless protection arrives in due time. Hundreds of Muslims from neighboring villages, screaming "Islam is the solution," are still flooding Kafr Salama and threatening to burn and kill whatever crosses their way.
Please spread the word and let human right groups know of that new barbaric attack on Egypt's Christians. It's about time the Egyptian government learns to respect the human rights agreements it has signed and to protect all Egyptian citizens, regardless of their religion. The Copts are the natives of Egypt. We have been living in Egypt for more than six thousand years. We refuse to be treated as such by the current regime. The Egyptian government must present those who are responsible for this new episode of terrorism to justice.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

خدمات مجانية يقدمها مركز الكلمة

فى اطار سعيه المتميز لنشر مفهوم المواطنة والتأكيد على مبدأ المساواة بين المواطنيين ومنع التمييز بينهم على أساس الجنس او الدين او العقيدة ، فان مركز الكلمة لحقوق الانسان يقوم حاليا بتقديم خدمة جديدة وهى جمع الاخبار والمقالات والرد عليها فى نفس المصدر فى جميع الصحف المصرية القومية والحزبية والمستقلة والتى تتعلق بحرية الرأى والعقيدة وحقوق الانسان بصفة عامة علاوة على ما تبثة القنوات التلفزيونية من برامج تحتوى على مواد تحض على التمييز الطائفى او المذهبى ، وفى حالة وجود اى انتهاكات صارخة لهذه الحريات يتولى محامو المركز رفع القضايا ضد مروجو تلك الانتهاكات وتقديم البلاغات الى جهات الاختصاص ويناشد المركز المواطنين ممن وقع عليه اى انتهاك او علم به ، ان يمدنا باسماء الجناه او المتسببين فى ذلك وسوف يتولى المركز تحقيقها فى اقرب وقت واتخاذ اللازم قانونا مع عدم الاعلان عن المصدر فى حالة رغبته فى ذلك
مدير عام المركز/ ممدوح نخلة
سكرتير المركز/عماد عزمى

Saudi Stories: Peeling back the slick Western imaging.

By Nina Shea*



Last Friday, senior Saudi leaders approached the international press privately in order to quietly denounce Iran’s president as an extremist. According to foreign-press accounts, the three Saudi officials, who asked to go unnamed, were fuming. (The Associated Press reported that the local press carried nothing of the flap.) President Ahmadinejad's remarks in Mecca the day before denying the Holocaust and calling for Israel to be moved to Europe had upstaged a Saudi-convened summit attended by 50 Muslim nations that was intended to show a united front against — of all things — extremist thought.

Tehran had also put the Saudis on the spot back in November, when Iran’s president had called for the eradication of the Jewish state. Shortly afterwards, Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal made his American debut at a friendly forum — Washington’s Middle East Institute — and someone in the room had the temerity to ask why Saudi Arabia hadn’t joined the rest of the civilized world in condemning the Iranian president’s threat against Israel. The dapper-suited ambassador replied that the Saudis preferred quiet diplomacy, adding with the tiniest hint of nationalist indignation that the Saudis wouldn’t go public just to get Western “cookies.” The nervous moment quickly passed and the ambassador moved on to regale the audience with a humorous camel-riding story involving his old pal Wyche Fowler, Clinton’s former ambassador to Riyadh and an ex-senator, who is now the institute’s chairman.

Since 9/11, the Saudi embassy has been staging a lavish public-relations campaign directed at American audiences. (The December 12, 2005 edition of The New Republic, for example, contains seven full pages of Saudi advertising.) The Mecca conference was itself part of this effort. Saudi Arabia is desperate to overcome its reputation as an incubator of intolerance and terrorism and show a moderate face.


But if it wants to score points with the West, why isn’t the House of Saud in full-throated protest against the Tehran madman? Why the “quiet” diplomacy and insistence that Saudi condemnations be unofficial and “off the record”? After all, it wasn’t just the United States, Europe, Russia, and the United Nations that openly decried Ahmadinejad — even some of his own radical Islamist allies back in Iran publicly distanced themselves from his latest provocation. Instead of seizing on the Iranian’s outburst as a golden opportunity to take a clear stand against extremism and show themselves as level-headed moderates in contrast to the reckless Shiite hardliner, the Saudis were guarded and hesitant

The Saudis are coy for a reason. An open and unequivocal condemnation of Ahmadinejad’s outbursts by the Saudis would make them look like hypocrites to home audiences. As is well known, what the Saudis say in English differs greatly from their statements in Arabic. Wiping Israel off the map is exactly what Saudi authorities have been avowing for years to Arabic-speaking audiences. Saudi publications collected from American mosques that were translated from Arabic this year by Freedom House are replete with such statements.

In a publication produced by the Saudi press ministry, the late King Fahd is quoted:

"We consider ourselves to be in a continuous war against the Zionist enemy in every way until we achieve the hopes of the Arab nation driving the occupier out".

Another publication was produced by the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, a Virginia-based satellite office of a Saudi state university that, until it was raided by the FBI last year, had been staffed by over a dozen Saudi diplomats and chaired by the kingdom’s previous ambassador Prince Bandar, better known in Washington for his charm and wit. It says:

"If we …give [the Jews] a document stating that they have a right to a part of Palestine under the pretense that we are impotent, the presence of the Jews will become a legal presence…. My children after me will come and throw you out, or the police will come and throw you out, and the house will not remain yours just because you were a powerful thief supported by the East or the West.

A Saudi government fourth-grade textbook collected from a New Jersey mosque warns about the dangers posed by the very concept of an “infidel” state in the midst of the Muslim world:

Israel is intended as a thorn in the back of the Muslim nations, and a window through which colonialism can sneak up among the ranks of the Muslims to work on dividing them and light the fire of hatred between them. The Muslims will not rest until they cut off this disease and purify the land of Palestine from the plague of Zionism, and until its rightful owners reclaim it.

The Saudis also take a mixed approach to the United States. A Saudi ad currently running in America highlights the slogans, “committed friends” and “strong allies.” Yet Arabic-language Saudi propaganda has long insisted that America is the enemy.

The Saudi publications found in the United States — from the Saudi education ministry, cultural ministry, press ministry, embassy cultural attaché, air force, and the monarchy’s own publishing houses — reflect the extreme dualistic worldview of the hard-line Wahhabi sect of Islam: There are two antagonistic realms or abodes, the Muslim and the infidel, that can never be reconciled. This means that when Muslims are in the land of the “infidel,” they must behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines while they work to create an Islamic state. Such publications direct that those who disagree in any way are to be dehumanized, discredited, and intimidated. The language, substance, and goals in these Saudi materials are the same as those articulated by Ahmadinejad and al-Qaeda.

Booklets published in Arabic for the "Immigrant Muslim" by the Saudi embassy in Washington, for example, instruct Muslims to “hate” Americans. They counsel that, because America is ruled by infidel civil law, “it is forbidden” for a Muslim to become an American citizen, or join the U.S. military, or support Americans in any way.

The Saudi government exploits its position as custodian of Islam’s two holiest shrines, asserting that its rulings and interpretations of the faith are the authoritative ones. Muslims who fail to follow these dictates — whether they are Shiites, Sufis, or anyone else — are condemned as apostates. And, as another ministry of Islamic affairs book bluntly threatens its Muslim reader, if you become an unbeliever and fail to repent, “you should be killed.”

Such publications, distributed not only in the United States but around the world, are merely one part of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabization campaign. It spreads its ideology through its sponsorship of schools, mosques, imams, media outlets, cultural centers, and websites. A Treasury official told Congress that Saudi Arabia is the “epicenter” of Islamic extremism. Witnesses at a recent Senate hearing on the Saudi Accountability Act estimate that the Saudis expend three times as much as the Soviets did on external propaganda during the height of the Cold War. The late King Fahd’s website continues to provide a long roster of names of American universities, mosques, and other sites in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that have benefited from his generosity. As Mayor Giuliani knew when he returned the $10 million check from Saudi Prince Talal after September 11, these donations come with strings attached.

In the last six months, the State Department and some in the media have begun to question the House of Saud about its noxious Arabic propaganda. Saudi Arabia’s official response is, in the words of one of its recent ads, that “the State is proceeding in its gradual and studied course of reform.”

So gradual is its studied course that it’s imperceptible. Extremism remains the order of the day in Riyadh, staged summits and public-relations campaigns notwithstanding.

At the same time that the ads appeared in November, the Saudi Al-Madina newspaper reported that one brave Muslim teacher in Saudi Arabia by the name of Mohammad al-Harbi was sentenced to 750 lashes and a three-and-a-half-year prison term for making positive statements about Jews and the Bible. Such religious tolerance is forbidden, according to the Saudi publications we found, because it “breaks the wall of resentment between the Muslims and the unbelievers.”

Early last week, Prince Talal was back in the news. Attending an Arab media conference in Dubai, he admonished fellow Arabs to be more “pro-active” in influencing the American media. By week’s end, Saudi officials were working to put spin on the Mecca conference debacle. But they still think they can have their cake and eat it too.

America is not the tightly controlled world of the Middle East. After 9/11, we are taking a closer look at those who claim to be our friends. And we know that friends don’t call friends “infidels,” in any language. If the Saudi public-relations campaign is to succeed in improving that country’s image, the House of Saud needs to disavow its own message of religious hatred and intolerance.

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Nina Shea is the director of Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom.


ALSO : CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SAUDI REPORT : Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Activists call appointments of women, minorities "fig-leaf"

Source: IRIN

CAIRO, 14 December (IRIN) - The appointment of five women and five Coptic Christians to parliament on 13 December will do little to address the fundamental problem of political exclusion, say activists.

The Egyptian constitution stipulates that 444 seats of the 454-member People's Assembly are elected. The remaining 10 seats, meanwhile, are reserved for representatives appointed by the executive (The president).

Long-time President Hosni Mubarak has traditionally used this clause to increase the parliamentary representation of women and minorities.


Female and Coptic candidates made generally dismal showings in the parliamentary elections that ended on 8 December. Only one Copt, finance minister Yusef Boutros Ghali, and four women won seats

The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which won a two-thirds majority in parliament, nominated only two Coptic and six women candidates.


Minority exclusion

Youssef Sidhoum, editor of the Coptic weekly "Watani", described the move by President Hosni Mubarak as a "cosmetic measure," opining that, "Copts have been subject to a lot of marginalisation in the last three decades."

Paltry political representation of Copts, he added, was indicative of "the sick culture that prevails and still dictates that a Coptic candidate has a weaker chance" of being elected.

Sidhoum went on to note that ballots were cast mostly along religious lines. "Copts will only elect a Coptic candidate and Muslims will only elect Muslims," he said.

Coptic writer and intellectual Milad Hanna agreed in calling the appointments an "artificial" form of representation. "None of those nominated is a genuine leader of the Coptic community," he said.

Little more than "stooges" of the government, the appointees will be "unlikely to challenge current policies," Hanna added.

Copts were occasionally the victims of violent reprisals by Islamist groups in southern Egypt in the 1990s, and many say they continue to be subject to official discrimination.

According to Sidhoum, Copts have "withdrawn from the public sector and public service and political participation" over the last several years

Discrimination against women

Negal al-Qumsan, director of the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights, said that three of Mubarak's female appointees were relative unknowns: "The president nominated them based on what? What are their ideas? What is their role? We don't know," she said.

Women's rights groups have criticised all of the Egyptian political parties for failing to support female candidates.

We're extremely unhappy with this result," said National Women's Council Secretary General Farkhonda Hassan. "The parties didn't nominate enough women. The people didn't vote for women."
According to al-Qumsan, political parties failed to challenge the widespread discrimination regularly faced by women.
She recounted how party leaders had told her: "We'll lose if we nominate women."

مع المسيح ذاك أفضل جداً

انتقل اليوم الى الامجاد السماوية والد المهندس مايكل منير رئيس منظمة أقباط الولايات المتحدة مما اضطره الى قطع زيارته الحالية الى مصر والعودة الى الولايات المتحدة ، ونود ان نعرب عن تعزياتنا القلبية الى المهندس مايكل منير ، ليعينه رب المجد على تجاوز الصعاب التى يمر بها فى الوقت الحالى طالبين له ولأسرته الكريمة تعزيات السماء وراحة لروح السيد الوالد فى احضان آبائنا القديسين إبراهيم وإسحق ويعقوب

عودة ياسمين المختطفة يكشف عن شبكة ارهابية

مركز الكلمة لحقوق الانسان
بعد اسبوعين من إختطافها من امام شارعها بمدينة العبور عادت ياسمين موسى تواضروس (17 سنة ) الى زوجها خليل راشد ( 21سنة) وقد روت اسرار خطيرة عن ظروف اختطافها بمعرفة احدى السيدات المنقبات التى كانت تركب سيارة سوداء يقودها شخص ملتحى وسارت بها فترة وسط الزراعات فى طريق القاهرة الاسماعيلية الزراعى حتى وصلت الى منزل قروى صغير عبارة عن حجرة واحدة وصالة ويشبه السجون فى متاريسه وبعده عن العمران وقد تعرضت للتعذيب المبرح طوال تلك الفترة واجبرت على لبس الحجاب والاستيقاظ فجرا للوضوء والصلاة التى تظاهرت بتعلمها حتى تأمن شرهم واضافت ياسمين ان احد المشايخ كان يتردد على المنزل الذى يشبه السجن ليعلمها القرآن، الا ان اكثر الامر غرابة ما روته من تفاصيل دقيقة للمحادثات التى دارت بين زوجها ومعاون مباحث كرداسة ومواقيت تلك المقابلات ومدتها مما يؤكد ان تك الشبكة استطاعت تجنيد او اختراق بعض الشخصيات الامنية الصغيرة، وكانت ياسمين قد اختفت يوم23/11/2005 وقد رفض ضابط المباحث تحرير محضر وقتها بحجة ان تحرياته لم تسفر عن واقعة اختطاف الا ان زوجها شاهدها الاسبوع الماضى بالمصادفة وهى تحاول استلام بطاقتها الشخصية ( التى قدمتها قبل زواجها ) من السجل المدنى بكرداسة بصحبة شخص ملتحى وما ان شاهدته حتى ارتمت عليه متوسلة منه الا يتركها واكدت خوفها من هذا الشخص الا ان احد اللواءات السابقين نصحه بعدم تحرير محاضر

The Muslim Brotherhood will "shut down" Sharm Al Sheikh !

Sharm Al Sheikh, a famous resort area in Egypt


Mahdi Akef, leader of the "Muslim Brotherhood"group, or the "Mother Of All Terrorist Groups", was asked in an interview with the Egyptian "Orbit" channel on November 28th, 2005:
"What will you do with Sharm Al Sheikh if your group was in charge of the country?"

Akef answered: "We will shut it down, what tourism and this non-sense!

Idealism vs. realism in Egypt

By Pat Buchanan

In 1933, a neo-fascist "Young Egypt" movement, modeled on the Nazi Party, was founded. Among its supporters were two young nationalist officers, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat.

When, in 1942, Rommel's Afrika Corps smashed into Egypt, Sadat, colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood, planned an anti-British uprising. In a proposed treaty with Nazi Germany, Berlin was to recognize an independent Egypt. In return, Sadat wrote, "No British soldier would leave Cairo alive."

In 1970, when the dictator Nasser died, he was replaced by Sadat, who demanded return of the Sinai, lost in the Six-Day War. Ignored, Sadat launched the Yom Kippur War, crossed the Suez Canal and, with his Syrian allies, threatened Israel itself.

President Nixon immediately sent massive aid to Israel and warned Moscow not to intervene, as Ariel Sharon led his brigade across the canal to cut off food and water to Egypt's Third Army. Nixon and Kissinger intervened with Israel to prevent the annihilation of the Third Army.

In 1974, Nixon made a triumphal visit to Egypt. Four years later, Jimmy Carter brokered the Camp David accord between Menachem Begin, who had blown up the King David Hotel in 1946, and Sadat, the Nazi collaborator.

Neither Nixon nor Carter insisted that Sadat hold elections before brokering the truce with Israel or the permanent peace. Nor did the Israelis make such a demand. Indeed, in Israel in June 1967 with Nixon, I heard David Ben-Gurion himself express the hope that Nasser would survive his humiliation in the Six-Day War because, said Ben-Gurion, Nasser alone could conclude a peace with Israel that Arabs might accept.

This is a slice of the U.S. record in the Mideast that Condi Rice dismissed as a failure last summer in Cairo: "For 60 years, my country ... pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region ... and we achieved neither. Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people."

And how is the Rice-Bush democracy project coming in Cairo?

Not so good. In September, President Hosni Mubarak won yet another six-year term in an election marked by fraud. In the parliamentary elections just ended, the Tomorrow Party of Ayman Nour, leader of the secular democratic forces, won next to nothing and Nour ended up in a jailhouse, courtesy of a Mubarak judge.

By harassing opponents and excluding the Muslim Brotherhood, Mubarak fixed the outcome so his National Democratic Party won 314 of 454 seats, the two-thirds needed to make parliament a rubber stamp. But if the biggest loser was the democratic opposition of Nour, the winner was the Muslim Brotherhood.

Denied the right to participate as a party, the Brotherhood backed independent candidates who swept to victory in 60 percent of the races they contested. They would have done better were it not for the thuggery of NDP mobs and Mubarak's security police.

Where does that leave Egyptian democracy? The Mubarak regime, once the pillar of U.S. policy in the Middle East, has been delegitimized by brutality and fraud. The Muslim Brotherhood, target of the thuggery, has seen its credentials burnished and is now the alternative to Mubarak.

So it goes. We hail the fall of Czar Nicholas and get Lenin. We go to war to hang the Prussian Kaiser and get an Austrian corporal named Hitler. We cut off aid to the "corrupt" regime of Chiang Kai-shek and get Mao Zedong. We denounce Lon Nol and get Pol Pot. We destabilize the Shah and get the Ayatollah.

How many times must we relearn the lesson? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the fruits of Wilsonian idealism are rarely ideal.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Sydney riots

Australia tries to end riots

More than 450 police, four times the usual number, patrolled Sydney’s streets on Tuesday to prevent a third night of racial violence by youth gangs who have attacked people, smashed cars and hurled rocks at police.

The New South Wales state parliament was being called into emergency session on Thursday to give police special powers to “lock down” parts of Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, to stop the unrest, officials said.

The state government will also increase the jail term for rioting from five to 15 years and double the penalty for affray, fighting in public, to 10 years.

These criminals have declared war on our society and we are not going to let them win,” NSW premier Morris Iemma said.

Racial violence erupted at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach on Sunday when some 5,000 people, some yelling racist chants, attacked youths of Middle Eastern background. Police said white supremacists incited it.

Drunk mobs of youths, some wrapped in Australian flags, said they were defending their beach after lifesavers were attacked. They believe the attackers were of Lebanese background.

On Monday, gangs of youths, mainly of Middle Eastern background, attacked several people with baseball bats, vandalized cars and were involved in rock-throwing skirmishes with police for a second night, officials said.

Police said they found 30 Molotov cocktails and crates of rocks on rooftops as hundreds of surfers gathered at Maroubra Beach.

Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop George Pell said bullets were fired at a school staging Christmas carols in Sydney’s west on Monday night.

Retaliatory strikes
Australian media reported that mobile telephone text messages from Australians of Anglo-Saxon and Middle East backgrounds were both calling for revenge attacks to continue


Islamic youth leader Fadi Abdul Rahman said further trouble could be brewing in Sydney as Muslim youths were angry, believing police were not treating them fairly.

They feel they have been dealt with by the authorities differently to the way Anglos have been dealt with,” he said.

“They feel injustice and they feel angry about it.”

Police said a text message calling on people to start ”cracking skulls” had been received on the Gold Coast tourist strip in the tropical northern state of Queensland.

This Sunday is our turn to have a go and fight for the Gold Coast. These grease ball monkeys with their gold chains and fully sick cars need to know that we’re not copping any,” local media quoted the message as saying.

Attacks on Tuesday on a Middle Eastern family in Perth in western Australia, a Lebanese Australian taxi driver in Adelaide in south Australia and Islamic offices in the state of Victoria caused concerns the violence may be spreading across Australia.

Prime Minister John Howard called again on Tuesday for calm and tolerance, but again refused to describe the violence as racist, instead labeling it a law and order issue and “domestic discord,” saying Australia was not a racist nation.

Monday, December 12, 2005

الهيئات والمنظمات القبطية فى المهجر تصدر بيانا ضد زيارة مايكل منير السرية الى مصر

تحت عنوان "غضب أقباط المهجر من اتصالات مايكل منير نشر موقع ايلاف بيانا شديد اللهجة ينتقد الى حد الادانة الزيارة التى قام بها السيد مايكل منير سرا الى مصر دون التشاور مع الهيئات والمنظمات القبطية وقد وصف منظم المؤتمر الرئيسى رجل الأعمال عدلى ابادير الزيارة بانها إستدعاء وليست زيارة بكل ما تحمل كلمة استدعاء من معانى ورغم نفى مايكل منير فى لقائه المطول مع موقع ايلاف بانه لا يمثل احد وانها زيارة شخصية ،الا أن ناشط قبطى آخر فى اميركا - بحسب ايلاف -وصف المسألة كلها بأنها محاولة التفاف من الحكومة المصرية على أقباط المهجر واللعب على وتر انقسامهم بعد عزمهم نقل القضية بشكل جدى إلى المحافل الدولية
ومن أبرز مما جاء فى البيان الفقرة التى تقول "الأقباط شعب عريق وليسوا جماعة متطرفة او سرية أو ارهابية حتى يجروا حوارا سريا مع رئيس المخابرات أو خلافه، فالقضية القبطية قضية سياسية واضحة وجلية
وشدد الموقعون على البيان على خطورة الالتفاف على العمل القبطي واختراقه لتحطيمه من الداخل والذى دأبت الحكومات المتعاقبة واجهزتها القيام به منذ عام 1952 وحتى الآن. وأضاف البيان : ننبه الشعب القبطى لعزل كل من يحاول تفتيت مسيرة الأقباط فى الكفاح السلمى العادل من آجل حقوقهم المهدرة والمسلوبة
وقام موقع الأقباط متحدون بنشر بيان المنظمات القبطية على استحياء وفى صفحة خلفية على غير عادتهم فى الترويج للبيانات الصادرة عن الموقع مع إضافة تعليق من المهندس عدلي أبادير يوسف أنهاه قائلا : "وللأقباط رب يحميهم وسيحميهم وسيرى الذين ظلموا أى منقلب ينقلبون ، لك الله يا مصر مع أولادك الأوغاد اللي باعوكى بالدولارات الوهابية" ! وتجدر الاشارة ايضا الى ان البيان المنشور على موقع الاقباط متحدون لا يحوى الملاحظة الختامية التالية والمنشورة على موقع ايلاف والتى تقول
"ملاحظة ختامية: لم يستشر السيد مايكل منير أعضاء مجلس إدارة منظمته (منظمة أقباط الولايات المتحدة) وهم د.كمال ابراهيم، م.كميل حليم، م.عاطف يعقوب حيث أن ادارة المنظمة لا تعلم بهذه الزيارة
وكان موقع الهيئة القبطية الأمريكية اول من انتقد الزيارة حيث صدر بيان مقتضب عنها يقول
بيان من الهيئة القبطية الأمريكية
علمت الهيئة أن السيد مايكل منير قد تم استدعائه للقاهرة لإجراء بعض المشاورات معه، ولما كان هذا التصرف فردياً وأتُخذ بصفة شخصية، ولم يتم التشاور بشأنه مع بقية الهيئات القبطية، لذا فإننا نبدى بعض التحفظات تجاه هذا التصرف ونعلن أن هذه اللقاءات بين السيد مايكل وشخصيات النظام فى مصر تتم بصفته ولاتمثل سوى شخصه