From an Orthodox perspective there is no justification for war; even a war of defense is a lesser evil but is still an evil. The Orthodox Church, by faith and practice, believes that peace is normal and just. Therefore, war would be not only evil but it would be non-normative. We are to seek peace in each and every situation.
The turmoil that has engulfed Egypt and Syria in recent weeks is similar, experts argue, to the chaos unleashed on viewers during last week's MTV Video Music awards when former child star Miley Cyrus gyrated, off-rhythm on the crotch of who one can only guess was a lost, off-duty NFL referee.
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."
With Egypt the focus of continuing news attention this past month, it's worth reflecting on the hard work that accompanies political reform.
by Maria Glenna Tunis - The suspension of Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly on 7 August once again prompted comparisons between Tunisia and Egy...
The EU should reject to be on the same moral level with these regional police states in its approach to the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people. Such a move would not be only the right thing to do morally, it would also better serve the EU's intermediate and long term strategic interests.
Hillary Clinton deserves credit for her good work at the State Department, but that tenure will very possibly be seen differently by 2016, and not because of Benghazi. The direction of foreign policy during the Obama administration will not fade away.
The question often raised by many is, does the Obama administration have a cohesive strategy toward the Middle East that addresses the developments of events in the context of that strategy?
The time to get on right side of the fence has not passed yet and the Obama administration could save future embarrassment by choosing the right path.
Rabaa Adawiya Mosque has become a symbol for Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt. The irony is that Rabia Adawiya, the woman -- yes, the woman -- who the mosque was named after, was known for being one of the first people in Islam to have introduce the idea of "divine love."
Given the perceived heavy handedness of the military regime's crackdown and the potential international isolation that Cairo may face in its wake, jihadists within and outside of Egypt may see a ripe opportunity to renew the battle against their most despised "near enemy."
I wrote my string quartet, The Named Angels, against the current backdrop of unrest in the Middle East. Each of the four movements of the quartet portrays of one of the four angels shared by the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths.
Although the recent developments have drawn strong reactions from around the world, international diplomatic pressure -- particularly from the West and the United States -- has not been effective.
It is time to pivot America's Middle-East foreign policy from the futile quest of trying to influence the trajectory of Arab lands to Iran, where a rapprochement will have enormous consequences for the United States, the region and the world.
I recently found out Amm (Uncle) Salah, Cairo's famous tentmaker artisan, died some years ago, and that his daughter Mona carried on the tradition pri...
For decades now, Christians have been the "invisible or ignored victims" of conflicts in the Middle East. At best, the US has paid scant attention as once thriving communities of indigenous Christians in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Egypt have been attacked or threatened.