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Missiology for Arabs

Arab Vision is the owner of a webzine for missiological thinking in the Arab World, called St Francis Magazine.  You may want to go there regularly for the great articles that we publish.  This magazine is a project that we share with Interserve.

Arab World news

4 Algerian Christians in court for illegally opening churches

(27 November 2010) ALGIERS - The trial of four Christian Algerian accused of "illegal opening of a place of worship" begins Sunday before the Criminal Court of Larbaa Nath Irathen in Kabylia (east of Algiers), said Saturday their lawyers.  "The defendants, aged between 35 and 45, are accused of having opened a Protestant church without first obtaining a permit from the authorities," said lawyer Mohamed Ben Belkacem.  Additional charges for of illegal accommodation of foreigners were also brought against one of them," he added. "He was prosecuted for inviting without authorization a French pastor in Algeria to give a lecture to members of the Christian community in this region," he said.

1 Killed, Dozens Arrested as Egyptian Christians Protest

(25 November 2010) Egyptian officials say at least one person was killed and dozens injured Wednesday in violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators over construction of a new Christian church. The rioting erupted in the Cairo suburb of Giza, near Egypt's pyramids, after authorities stopped construction of the church. Egypt's official MENA news agency says authorities had not issued final permits for the church because of technical violations in its construction.  It says the clashes took place after more than 3,000 Christian protesters tried to continue construction. Demonstrators hurled stones and at police officers who responded with tear gas.  Authorities arrested at least 93 people. MORE HERE

While bucking Islamists, Egypt steers toward intolerance

(21 November 2010) CAIRO—In eight days here, I took 18 taxi rides. In 15, the drivers were playing tapes or CDs of the Qur'an, or tuned to radio that were broadcasting it. Only two were listening to music and one to talk radio. People are free to listen to what they want, especially in a state that allows them few freedoms. And the recitations were all splendid, in terms of both diction and melody.  The relevant point is that in an earlier era, the listening choices would've been the exact opposite.Similarly, most women now wear the hijab, whereas few used to. MORE HERE

Boring elections in Jordan

(10 November 2010) The only suspense surrounding parliamentary elections here and in other Arab countries for many years has been over how many seats the opposition would be allowed to win. But in Jordanian elections Tuesday, even that question was put to rest beforehand. The main Islamic opposition group and other parties boycotted — not because the vote was rigged against them, but because they say parliament has become pointless."There is a conviction that political reform through the elections is useless," said Zaki Bani Arshid, a leader of the Islamic Action Front, the country's main opposition movement.  A total of 763 candidates, including 143 women, vied for 120 seats in Jordan's parliament. They plastered telephone poles with posters and hung banners in squares.

Libyan authorities detain journalists

(8 November 2010) A news agency controlled by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (picture), the reform-minded son of Muammer Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has said that 10 of its journalists have been detained by the Libyan authorities.  “[The detention] was carried out by the Internal Security Agency on Friday evening, violating the law on the promotion of freedom ... and all international norms and conventions signed by Libya,” said the Libya Press agency in a statement on Sunday. The arrests suggest the renewal of a power struggle between Saif al-Islam and conservatives in the Libyan state alarmed at his attempts to push for a degree of economic and political liberalisation. MORE HERE

Egypt moves to lawless repression

(6 November 2010) Last April, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak disregarded appeals from the Obama administration and violated his own public promises by renewing the "emergency law" that for decades has allowed security forces to prevent public demonstrations, break up political meetings, close media outlets and arrest opposition activists without charge. When the administration protested, Egyptian officials assured it that the law henceforth would be applied only in terrorism and drug cases. The White House cited that pledge in a recent summary of its human rights accomplishments.  Now, with a parliamentary election approaching, the regime's political repression has grown more rather than less severe. Hundreds of political activists from the banned Muslim Brotherhood party have been arrested; critical television talk shows and newspaper columns have been canceled; student leaders have been rounded up.

Fear of Yemen collapsing

(4 November 2010) Western and Gulf Arab donors have so far failed to brake that downward momentum. Galvanized by an attempt by al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner on December 25, they met as "Friends of Yemen" in January to coordinate aid. A foiled al Qaeda bomb plot has again highlighted the peril to the West posed by Yemen's slide toward state failure, a fate that would also spell disaster for 23 million Yemenis already mired in hunger and poverty. Almost a year after those London talks, competing claims to foreign funds have hamstrung the effort.

Sfeir: Lebanon should be for all sects

(31 October 2010) Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir told Al-Jazeera television on Saturday: “If we want to put an end to political assassinations in Lebanon then the international tribunal should issue its indictment and be specific naming those who committed the crime.”  “If we want matters to continue as they are, then the assassinations will continue, which would harm Lebanon and other nations as well,” he added.  He is referring to statements that the special Tribunal for Lebanon ( STL) may not announce the names of those that will be indicted.  Asked whether he believes that Hezbollah wants to control Lebanon, Sfeir responded with a denial, but noted: “Its methods are forceful and of course, force leads to power.” MORE HERE

Is Saudi Arabia preparing for war against Yemen?

(23 October 2010) It is widely believed that the massive $60 billion U.S. arms deal with Saudi Arabia is directed against Iran. After all, Israel did not object to the deal. As one analyst told China's Xinhua News Agency, Jerusalem, of all places, was simply adhering to the ancient principle of: "My enemy's enemy is my friend."  It is indeed possible that the deal -- which includes up to 84 new F-15s, upgrading of Riyadh's current force of 70 F-15s, and up to 1,000 so-called "bunker buster" bombs -- is meant to enhance the Saudi deterrent against Iran. But there is more to the story. Saudi Arabia may be much more concerned about Yemen. MORE HERE


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