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Smile, shake hands, and ignore sectarian violence

Perhaps what is even more predictable than the sporadic occurrence of sectarian violence in Egypt throughout the past few decades is the official rhetoric: denying that the incident ever took place, followed by admitting that it did when mounting public pressure threatens to delegitimise their stance, followed by the “isolated incident” proclamation and a reconciliation …

Mohanad Elsangary

The Coptic Church’s Faustian bargain

It didn’t take long for the regime to crack down on Islamist and secular opposition after the military takeover on 3 July 2013. Anyone speaking out against regime injustices was discredited as a Muslim Brotherhood member and loyalist to the deposed president Mohamed Morsi. In a sense, a great opportunity was afforded to Coptic Christians to …

Wael Eskandar

We are not like you

As soon as I heard about the sectarian events in Abu Qirqas in Minya several events popped into my mind. I looked them up in newspaper archives and have collected them as they are presented below. Quoted from Al-Masry Al-Youm on 6 February 2008: “Four of Al-Ahly fans are arrested and accused of burning a …

Ahmed Aboul-Wafa, MD

Zawya brings European cinema to Tanta and Minya

By Rana Khaled Filmmakers and cinema critics have been complaining of the centralisation of the large cinema venues in Cairo and Alexandria for decades. Thinking out of the box, Zawya has launched the 8th edition of the Panorama of the European Film that will for the first time spread its wings outside of the capital …

Daily News Egypt