Each year, an Egyptian team of researchers produces an incredibly detailed demographic study, including data on how many wives people have and how frequently they go to movies. But one statistic never makes the study: religion. Helmi Noumnoum examines what effects the lack of such information may have on post-revolution Egypt.
Egypt’s controversial loan from the International Monetary Fund has a low interest rate, but prescribes some big changes for the country’s economic sector. Is it worth it? Wahid Abdel Majid writes that the changes the IMF wants are needed, but must be part of a national economic reform.
Egypt has followed the lead of Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly in supporting an Arab military deployment in Syria to end the violence there. Khaled Omar and Abdel Halim report on the conditions that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has set for his full backing of Arab intervention.
Article by Mohsen Samika, Mahmoud Ramzi and Ahmad Allam
Egyptian liberal and secular groups threaten to boycott the committee tasked with writing a new constitution amid fears it will be too Islamic. Al-Masry al-Youm reports leaders from a dozen organizations agreed to withdraw from the Constituent Assembly next week and organize mass protests unless they are better represented.
Egypt’s interior minister met with a delegation of tribal elders to discuss his new security policy this week, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. One elder said that the Minister of Interior agreed to allow Sinai tribes to protect their lands by being “appropriately” armed and trained to prevent smuggling and infiltration across the border with Israel.
There is growing fear among Egypt’s liberals and revolutionaries about the increasing influence of political Islam on the country’s new constitution. Mohammad Selmawi looks at the draft constitution and calls for the dismissal of the committee that wrote it.
Article by Ahmad El-Behery, Mohammad Abdel Kader, Mohammad Gharib, Ahmad Allam & Shayma' al-Qarnashawi
The scholars of Al-Hazar Mosque, the seat of Sunni authority, met with Egyptian church leaders who agreed that, under the new constitution, Islam would remain the source of Egyptian law. But Al-Masry al-Youm also reported complaints of Islamist influence on the draft constitution that prompted one Assembly member to resign.
Leaders of Egypt's Islamist parties are calling on one another to shun coalition-building with leftist and liberal parties, which they predict will be marginalized in the next parliamentary elections. Hamdi Dabsh reports.
Christian Egyptians living in the North Sinai region have been threatened via flyers in the wake of the crude, US-made film insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Milad Zaki reports that they have so far refused to flee the towns of Rafah and Al-Arish in the face of intimidation.
The Salafist-Muslim Brotherhood coalition that helped win control of Egypt’s parliament and delivered the presidency to Mohammed Morsi is already nearing collapse, writes Mohamed Salmawi. The protests at the American embassy showed that the Brotherhood’s leadership role left the Salafists with the upper hand.
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