Monthly Archives: March 2013

Christians Face Persecution, Extinction in Islamic Lands

By | 2013-03-28T11:40:09-04:00 March 28th, 2013|Op-Eds|

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Islam is on the march again and Christians are marked for annihilation. In lands once known as the heartland of Christianity, where the Apostles and early missionaries spread their faith, Christianity is a faith under fire and Christians themselves are a dwindling presence.   Nowhere is

PA Threatens Appeal to Hague over Israeli Homes

By | 2013-03-28T11:17:37-04:00 March 28th, 2013|News|

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the Arab League to pressure the United Nations over the construction of new homes for Israelis in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Abbas repeated claims that the building of new homes for Israelis would prevent the establishment of a new Arab state in the area.   The UN

Egypt activist says will face trial for violent protest

By | 2013-03-28T11:07:37-04:00 March 28th, 2013|News|

A prominent Egyptian dissident against the ruling Islamists will stand trial for allegedly participating in a May attack on a presidential candidate’s headquarters, he told AFP on Thursday. Alaa Abdel Fattah, who was jailed during the previous regime of Hosni Mubarak, said he had received a letter telling him he and 12 others, were to

Syria Slams Arab League for ‘Giving Away’ its Seat to Rebels

By | 2013-03-28T10:56:56-04:00 March 28th, 2013|News|

The ruling regime in Syria had harsh words Monday for a decision by the Arab League to hand over Syria's seat in the League to representatives of rebel groups in the country. In an editorial, the state newspaper Tishrin said that the move was “an attempt by Qatar and the rest of the traitorous Arab

Among Egypt firms, dollars and optimism in short supply

By | 2013-03-28T10:47:02-04:00 March 28th, 2013|News|

After two years of political upheaval and weakness in the economy, companies in Egypt are struggling with a sinking currency and a shortage of foreign exchange, forcing some to make painful changes to their business plans.   The central bank’s foreign currency reserves have tumbled to $13.5 billion, covering little more than two months’ imports,

Moody’s downgrades five Egyptian banks

By | 2013-03-27T21:58:49-04:00 March 27th, 2013|News|

The local-currency deposit ratings of five Egyptian banks have been downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service, Ahram Online reported Wednesday.   The National Bank of Egypt was downgraded to Caa1 from B3, Banque du Caire to Caa1 from B3, Banque Misr to Caa1 from B3, Commercial International Bank to Caa1 from B3, and Bank of Alexandria

Syrian Cleric Supported Blowing Up American and Israeli Targets

By | 2013-03-27T21:35:31-04:00 March 27th, 2013|Islam|

A Syrian Sunni cleric who was killed last week in a suicide bomb attack on a central Damascus mosque has in the past expressed support for Hizbullah and advocated for bombing American and Israeli targets around the world.   The cleric, Mohamed al-Bouti, was one of 42 people who were killed when a suicide bomber

Iraq: When the Lights Go Off and the Dust Settles

By | 2013-03-27T20:50:51-04:00 March 27th, 2013|Op-Eds|

Men running, women pleading for God’s mercy, children screaming out of fear, older women trapped under rubble and thick dust rising in the air. This has been a recurring scene in Iraqi cities for close to a decade.   Since June 26, 2004, Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) churches have come under attack

Doha summit gives Arab states ‘right’ to arm Syria rebels

By | 2013-03-26T19:43:52-04:00 March 26th, 2013|News|

The Arab summit in Doha on Tuesday gave member states the “right” to offer Syrians all means of self-defense including arms, in a resolution on Syria.   The Arab Summit affirms the “right” of every state to offer all forms of self-defence, including military, to support the resistance of the Syrian people and the Free

Mystery of Egyptian activist’s death by police brutality

By | 2013-03-26T19:26:24-04:00 March 26th, 2013|News|

Mohamed al-Gendy, a popular Egyptian activist and multilingual tourism guide, was last seen alive at around 2:30 a.m. January 28, after saying good night to a journalist friend. When Gendy didn’t attend a planned march the next day, his cellphone switched off, his friends became increasingly concerned, especially due to the fact that he had