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Dina Ezzat

It Might Be Too Late To Save Iraq's Christians

[Sinan Antoon. Image from Jadaliyya.]

It Might Be Too Late To Save Iraq's Christians, Says Author Author of a Booker-nominated novel on the plight of Christians in Iraq, Sinan Antoon says the forced eviction of Mosul’s Christians "was coming" for many years. On his Facebook page at the beginning of the week, novelist and professor Sinan Antoon posted a video of an elderly Christian woman who has been recently forced to leave her house in Mosul by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for having ...

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Remembering Emad Effat

[Portrait of martyred Sheikh Emad Effat. Image originally posted to Flickr by Jonathan Rashad.]

It was exactly a year ago that Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, in a beige veil, red jacket and black long dress, was on the screens of every news channel across the country and the Arab world. Nashwa Abel-Tawab is the spouse of Emad Effat, a Muslim cleric who broke the walls of the all-but-state-controlled oldest Muslim university, Al-Azhar, to reach out to the people and whose faith, uncompromising as it was, inspired a passion for the pursuit of fairness, justice, egalitarianism, and ...

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A Deal Could Be Reached to End Current Confrontation: SCAF, Brotherhood Sources

[An Egyptian man supporting SCAF/Mubarak's candidate Ahmed Shafik. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

Sources close to both the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed the two sides were heavily engaged in high-level talks that could produce "a political deal", which is likely to include announcing the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi Egypt's president elect. According to a source close to the negotiations, the SCAF wants Mursi to desist from proclaiming himself president-elect, which he came close to doing at a press ...

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Shafiq To Be Named President on Sunday, Claim Govt Sources

[Protesters in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim.]

Egypt's electoral body is set to announce Ahmed Shafiq as the country's new president on Sunday evening, several government sources claimed. Western diplomats in Cairo also said they have heard similar predictions from Cabinet members over the last three days. A source in the current government said that Shafiq will be declared victor with 50.7 percent of the vote, in an outcome that is likely to be strongly disputed by the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed ...

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Mursi, Shafiq Campaigns Both Claim Victory in Egypt Presidency Race

[Mohamed Mursi supporters support his initial victory in the presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

Both presidential campaigns – those of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi and last Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq – continue to claim victory. Final results of Egypt's contentious presidential election will likely be announced on Saturday or Sunday, according to a Wednesday statement by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission. The announcement had originally been scheduled for Thursday. According to a Shafiq campaign source, their candidate is ...

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Reading The Tea-Leaves: Early Indications of Egypt Presidential Poll Results

[Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh visits a polling station in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, May 23, 2012. Image by Fredrik Persson/AP Photo.]

With the opening of polls in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential election, five frontrunners have a reasonable chance of making it to the runoff round of voting on June sixteenth and seventeeth. According to most opinion polls, the favorites are Amr Moussa, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, Mohamed Mursi, Ahmed Shafiq and Hamdeen Sabbahi. Campaigners for all five presidential hopefuls have said their respective candidates would make it to the runoff. Informed sources, however, ...

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Dina Ezzat


Dina Ezzat is a writer for Ahram Online