Although the Coptic Church in Egypt has suffered varying degrees of persecution for centuries, events in the past few months appear to indicate that the plight of the Christian minority is growing worse as Islamic extremism is on the rise in a nation torn by revolution. While the protests that overthrew the Mubarak regime were given worldwide attention, the violence that is being perpetrated against Christians in the aftermath of these recent events is not receiving a similar level of concern.
From opposition protests in Albania to the revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, the involvement of the Socialist International (SI) is far reaching.
Lawmakers in Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) have voted overwhelmingly to extend the term of the temporary government for another three years — to the rebuke of the United Nations, the United States, and Somali analysts.
What began in Tunisia is no longer containable, as revolution sweeps through the Middle East, challenging whatever government lies in its path — including that of Colonell Moammar Gadhafi, or the “mad dog,” as President Ronald Reagan once called him.