month in review: controversies, resolutions, hunger, DNA, God’s punishment and more…

So it is the new year and frankly I don’t have the time to do a year review since so much has happened. As the year ends, here are the highlights from this past month:

Two issues gained much attention over the past month:

1- The Tiran and Sanafeer islands issue:

The year ended with  the Supreme Administrative Court by adjourning the decision to annul the agreement to Jan 16, 2017, with its final ruling on the government’s appeal of a June sentence that annulled the deal originally struck in April. The government announced it has accepted the deal and that it will transfer it to Parliament for approval, even as the case is pending in court.

According to lawyer Malek Adly and Khaled Ali who had initially filed the lawsuit contesting the transfer and also according to Law Professor Nour Farahat, the government’s current decision violates the Constitution, given that it ignores a previous court ruling in June issued by the Administrative Court invalidating the agreement. They filed another complaint stating that the government is now facing criminal charges for accepting and passing the deal to parliament while the case is still pending in court and thus ignoring the initial court ruling that annulled the deal.

According to MadaMasr newspaper, “the government’s surprising move follows an unannounced visit to Cairo by Torky bin Abdel Mohsen, a consultant to the Saudi royal court. Abdel Mohsen accompanied Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on his visit to Egypt in April, when the deal was brokered.” Continue reading

The Lord chose his angel

Ten year old Maggie Mo’men had sustained a brain injury and bullet fragments in her lung since the explosion in St. Peter’s this week. Today, December 20th, just before Christmas, Maggie succumbed to her injuries and died in the hospital.

Maggie was an athlete who played for the Wadi Degla Sporting Club. She was also active in many church activities and a video circulated in which she was shown in a church play playing the role of David’s wife.

Maggie’s mother only said ‘We bring up our children for the Lord and today she went to heaven.’

Today is another day of mourning all over again. Maggie is victim number 27.

Celebrating her life: The following album is a tribute to her beautiful smile and her short but rich life:

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the aftermath

Coptic Orthodox Church statement regarding donations for the victims

Coptic Orthodox Church statement regarding donations for the victims

Update: An account for donations has been set up by the Coptic Orthodox Church. Details of the account are on the right side of this page and in the statement issued by the Church.
Donations to be sent to
Al Ahli Bank,
Sherif St., Downtown Cairo, Egypt
Account # in Egyptian pounds 01041406981
For donations in dollars to account  # 11014467156
Swift code: NBEGEGCX00001
HH Pope Tawadros The Second
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أشارت الكاتدرائية، فى بيان رسمى، إلى أن رقم الحساب بالجنيه المصرى هو 01041406981، وبالدولار الأمريكى رقم 11014467156، وهى الأرقام الوحيدة للتبرّع على البنك الأهلى شارع شريف باسم البابا تاوضروس الثان

Alleged suicide bomber

Alleged suicide bomber

President Sisi announced on Monday, 12/12 the name of the alleged suicide bomber at St. Peter’s: Mahmoud Shafeeq Mohammed Ahmed whom they managed to identify from his DNA. The ministry of interior also issued a statement regarding the DNA analysis. The terrorist used 12 kilos of TNT which were allegedly ‘inside his jacket’.

Screenshot of Al Watan newspaper

Screenshot of Al Watan newspaper on the bomber’s first arrest in 2014

Mahmoud Sahfeeq has a history of terrorism: he was arrested when he was 16 years old in 2014 for possession of weapons and a hand grenade. Somehow he was released in 2014 according to news sources. In 2015 a court sentenced him to 2 yrs in absentia after he fled to the Sinai. Images of him torn to pieces from the impact of the explosion were posted on all news sites.

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It’s time for mourning – again


On Sunday December 11th, during morning mass, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassiya which has an adjacent church on its premises known as the Botrosiya [St. Peter’s] – witnessed a massive suicide bombing and explosion that killed 25 and injured 53, 6 of whom are in critical condition. I will postpone any analysis or comments because it is time for silence and mourning. I will leave the images below to tell the story…

First: the victims

  • The Injured – some of whom are in critical condtion
10 year old Maggie Momen is in critical condition.

10 year old Maggie Momen is in critical condition. She’s a volley ball champion. Update Dec 20, 2016: Maggie died in the hospital from her wounds. Her mother stated: “we bring our children to go to heaven and He has taken her.”


  • Victims who lost their lives:

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dictators united: turthiness and post-truths

He was an actor of genius. There was no more overwhelming actor on the stage, in the motion pictures, nor even in the pulpit. He would whirl arms, bang tables, glare from mad eyes, vomit Biblical wrath from a gaping mouth; but he would also coo like a nursing mother, beseech like an aching lover, and in between tricks would coldly and almost contemptuously jab his crowds with figures and facts — figures and facts that were inescapable even when, as often happened, they were entirely incorrect.

– SINCLAIR LEWIS, It Can’t Happen Here

cvzezalweaeqejfThe US elections left me shocked and depressed. It was deja vu – a repeat of so many historical errors that were made throughout the world. During the elections the right wing candidate was literally neck-and-neck with Clinton, and there continued to be too much uncertainty until the last moment. As soon as voting started and I saw the results coming in, I turned off the news and went to sleep. It did not bode well. The morning after was still shock and gloom and I do not think I ever saw people on the streets and colleagues looking so stricken. What Sinclair Lewis said in his novel It Can’t Happen Here during the 30s, has just happened here.  The impact, however will be felt for years not only in the United States, but internationally.

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