Tag: Egypt

Remember our fellow Christians this Christmas….

Tahrir Square Celebration in Arab spring

It is sometimes easy to forget that there are millions of Christians in the Middle East and their lot is not generally a happy one. There was an important but little reported debate in Parliament last Friday.

Their bravery is an inspiration

Yousef Nadarkhani facing re-trial and execution

Three stories have inspired me in the past week. Three people, or groups, who have stood up to power and taken them on at great personal risk either physically to their life or to their reputation.

Rowan Williams speaks out……

Well my current favourite Archbishop had the main interview on the World at One on Radio 4 yesterday. The BBC has a report on their website.

Democracy, middle east and peace – or not

egypt tahrir-square-cairo-protests

Jonathan Freedland writes a really important article in the Guardian today about the quandary facing Egypt and the Middle East. They fear they’ve seen this movie before. In the first reel, the world watches with awe as the streets of a distant capital fill with the young and the angry, brave enough to shake their fist at

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Middle East intervention

The Pope has caused a diplomatic storm by criticising the safe-guarding of Christians in the Middle-East by regimes there. Egypt has criticised the Pope for intervening in Egypt’s internal affairs, and recalled its ambassador from the Vatican. Even Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyib who is head of the most prestigious Al-Azhar (the leading Sunni University) has waded

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