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Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

American People Should Hold War Lobby Accountable for Libya Debacle

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Libya's collapse has been almost total. Alas, the consequences will linger for years if not decades. When war-happy politicians, including Hillary Clinton and her gaggle of Republican rivals, next stand before America, voters should hold these pitiful policymakers accountable for the disaster they created in Libya.

Sophia Jones

For Survivors Of Islamic State Raid, The Nightmare Continues

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.24.2015 | World

AL AOUR, Egypt –- In the dead of night, there was a pounding at the door and a scream. It was members of the Islamic State, who had come to kidnap a...

Why This Coptic Christian Bishop Is Willing To Forgive ISIS

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

A Coptic bishop says he is willing to forgive the Islamic State affiliates who boasted of brutally killing 21 of his fellow Egyptian Christians in Lib...

Jessica Schulberg

Pentagon Plans Mosul Attack, Saying Islamic State Might 'Is In Decline'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon, departing from previous reluctance to disclose specifics about the fight against the Islamic State, on Thursday announced ...

Sophia Jones

ISIS Boasted Of These Christians' Deaths. Here Are The Lives They Lived.

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.27.2015 | World

AL AOUR, Egypt -- Death is everywhere in Al Aour. When a video surfaced late Sunday showing Islamic State fighters beheading 21 men in Libya, it seeme...

#CopticLivesMatter Mourns 21 Christians ISIS Killed In Libya

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

After ISIS released a video on Sunday purporting to show the horrific execution of 21 Coptic Christians on the Libyan coast, prayers and condolences h...

Egypt Bombs ISIS Targets In Libya

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt bombed Islamic State militants in neighboring Libya on Monday and called on the United States and Europe to join an international...

Egypt Vows Revenge After Islamic State Kills 21 Egyptians Christians In Libya

Reuters | Ahmed Tolba & Michael Georgy | Posted 02.15.2015 | World

CAIRO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday that appeared to show the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya and Preside...

The Charlie Hebdo Murders: An Attack on Religious Liberty, Not Free Expression

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.

Arabs' Public Diplomacy Vacuum

Philip Seib | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Leaving aside the fanatic fringe -- and it is just a fringe -- much of the world conflates "Muslim" and "Arab," although this is far from accurate. Many people seem willing to attribute the worst characteristics of a few to the many, and so the actions of a relatively small number of murderers can taint all 1.6 billion Muslims and 340 million Arabs.

Two Policemen Guarding Coptic Church In Egypt Killed By Gunmen

AP | MERRIT KENNEDY | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen opened fire and killed two policemen guarding a Coptic church south of Cairo early on Tuesday, security officials said as the na...

Six Steps the World Must Take Now to Stop the Horror of ISIS

Adel Guindy | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Adel Guindy

The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

Will Egypt's New President Sisi #BringBackOurCopticGirls?

Lela Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Lela Gilbert

Like the Jews before them, Egypt's indigenous "Sunday People" may well find themselves without their ancient homeland. There is no Israel for persecuted Christians -- no safe haven to which they can flee.

Early Image Of Jesus Discovered?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

A team of Catalan archaeologists have discovered what they believe could be one of the oldest depictions of Jesus made by the earliest Coptic Christia...

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

Egypt's Young Coptic Christians Fight For Civil Rights

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

CAIRO, Egypt (RNS) A group of Christian youth activists that came together in the tumultuous aftermath of the Egyptian revolution is looking to the fu...

A Precarious Christmas

James Zogby | Posted 02.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

This year, as Arab Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised "peace on earth, good will to men" will appear, at best, as a remote dream.

Gunmen Open Fire At Egyptian Christian Wedding

Reuters | Maggie Fick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Adds higher death toll, details) CAIRO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Egyptian wedding guests outside a Coptic C...

Egyptian Coptic Christians In Crisis

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said that Western Christians need...

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Let's not lose sight of the grotesque reality of chemical weapons. But what about military intervention? Can we make things better? War is evil. Assad is evil. But what is the likelihood of some targeted cruise missile strikes actually improving things? In the words of the philosophers, what is the reasonable likelihood of success?

Burning the Churches: Egypt's Christians in the Heat of August

Nelly van Doorn-Harder | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Egypt's Christians (as well as many Muslims) are ready to move on and feel far from powerless. They will rebuild, not only the structures but also those referred to by Pope Tawadros as the ones who, "have lost their humanity."

Disengage in Egypt: Take Neither Side as the Country Collapses into Violence

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Instead of acting as the regime's enabler, the Obama administration should "reset" relations with Cairo. The U.S. should cut off all aid and withdraw America's ambassador. If Washington has any influence to exercise, it should do so quietly and informally

'Inclusive' or 'Democratic' Egypt?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.

What Now for Egypt?

Harun Yahya | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

The Army and the Brotherhood urgently need to agree on a lowest common denominator. The demands of all the sections of society, Coptic Christians, secularists, liberals, supporters of the Brotherhood and Salafis must be taken on board.