The Muslim Brotherhood’s Salafi pact puts Egyptian Christians in great danger

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A destroyed Egyptian Coptic Christian church in Imbaba, Cairo (Photo: EPA)

By Michael WeissWorld Last updated: May 13th, 2011

Well, here’s another dismal “unity” pact for you.

The Muslim Brotherhood has announced an electoral coalition with a host of Salafi groups in Egypt, under the banner of seeking an Islamic state. “It was the recent attacks on the Islamic groups that brought us together,” the Brotherhood’s lawyer Sobhi Saleh explained to an Egyptian newspaper on Tuesday.

Saleh’s newfound siege mentality is at odds with the confidence he displayed on Newsnight a few months back. A woman or a Christian, the Islamist attorney told Tim Whewell, could never be president of a post-Mubarak Egypt because Muslims constitute “95 per cent of the population” (not true) and this is the “same policy as in Greece, Spain and in England” (what’s the Arabic for “Iron Lady”?).

Among the Brotherhood’s new parliamentary partners is Jama’a al-Islamiyya, a Salafi group that played a role in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981 and recently advocated the formation of a Saudi-style “modesty police” for Egypt. Continue reading

El-Katatney: Protests continue, Egypt’s revolution has cost $3.5b so far and ‘we’re beginning to lose sight of the big picture’

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Egyptian Coptic Christians carry the coffin of a victim of sectarian clashes during a funeral in Cairo on May 8, 2011 as Egypt’s military rulers warned they will use an ‘iron hand’ to protect national security after clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian capital killed 15 people and injured scores.

May 13th, 2011 09:36 AMET

El-Katatney: Protests continue, Egypt’s revolution has cost $3.5b so far and ‘we’re beginning to lose sight of the big picture’

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ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today’s five OFF-SET questions is Ethar El-Katatney, award-winning journalist, blogger, and author.

She has worked as a staff writer at Egypt Today, the leading current affairs magazine in the Middle East, and at its sister magazine Business Today Egypt. She has also been a contributor at Muslimah Media Watch, a website that critiques how Muslim women are represented in the media and popular culture. (More biography below.)

Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman reports that there were some 10,000 demonstrators between Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square and the Egyptian State TV building. (8:40 am ET)  The group was divided into three separate protests: around 7,000-8,000 people are gathered in central Tahrir Squareto rally in support of the Arab Spring and the Palestine. The protesters waved flags of other Middle Eastern nations and chanted “Egypt and Palestine are one hand.” The second group of demonstrators in the Tahrir Squarearea called for unity among Egyptians and a return to the ideals of the Jan 25th revolution. Another group of demonstrators gathered in front of the Egyptian State Television building in Maspero called for greater rights for Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

Here’s our blog interview with El-Katatney: Continue reading