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January 14, 2014
WPost whoppers about the Muslim Brotherhood
Claims of bias and inaccurate reporting have dogged the Western press's coverage of Egypt since...
December 28, 2013
Pod people: What was top 2013 story for Pope Francis?
I am sure that GetReligion readers will be shocked, shocked to know that the Godbeat...
December 26, 2013
Pope addresses world peace AND persecution (again)
Covering speeches is tricky, I tell the students in my reporting classes. A good public...
October 26, 2013
Got news? Has Kristallnacht come to the Middle East?
There was always an important, yet unstated, idea at the heart of the "On Faith"...
October 23, 2013
The Coptic ghost in those potential flights from Egypt
Let's start with a few journalistic questions. Am I surprised that The New York Times...
October 18, 2013
Lost in mobs, fire, guns and ink: Is Christ of Sinai safe?
What is the Mona Lisa worth? At the time of their destruction by the Taliban,...
August 30, 2013
WWROD? What does sharia law look like in practice?
The other day, in a discussion of events in Egypt, I noted -- once again...
August 28, 2013
Pod people: What’s religion got to do with Egyptian tourism?
In the wake of the events of 9/11, I had the honor of taking part...
August 27, 2013
Where is the BBC’s coverage of Egypt?
What lays behind the Anglo-American press's failure to report on the chaos in Egypt? While...
August 21, 2013
Interesting Rowan Williams apology: And important, too
Let us return, for a moment, to that interesting quote the other day from the...
August 20, 2013
LATimes sees the layers of threats against Copts in Egypt
The dominant story coming out of Egypt right now continues, and with good cause, to...
August 16, 2013
What did Pope Tawadros say? When did he say it? (updated)
At the pivotal event announcing the fall of President Mohamed Morsi, a number of symbolic...
August 15, 2013
Saith the WPost: So what’s really going on in Egypt?
My cellphone chimed at me earlier this afternoon with a news bulletin from CNN that...
August 14, 2013
Muslims kill Muslims, for no reasons that can be reported
The bloodshed in Egypt continues and, to be quite frank about it, it's hard to...
August 12, 2013
Married 60 times before age 18 in Egypt
The Washington Post had a religion news blog item last week headlined, horrifyingly, "‘Some girls...
August 09, 2013
Remember when Jesus went to Assiut? (Yeah, me neither.)
"Both Roman Catholic and Evangelical Protestant media have for years been drawing public attention to...
July 09, 2013
Doing the bloody math in emerging civil war in Egypt
It appears that some members of the mainstream press are beginning to do the hard,...
July 05, 2013
Watching for ghosts in the news flashes from Egypt
A few journalistic thoughts while I continue to watch the waves of news coverage rolling...
June 24, 2013
Attention liberals: Blasphemy cases on the rise in Egypt
As I have said numerous times, I cannot imagine how hard it must be to...
March 28, 2013
Got news? Egyptian Copts tortured for some strange reason
Yes, I know that we're talking about a report on Fox News. That fact alone,...
February 01, 2013
New York Times solves the problem of Sharia
This report on Thursday's Cairo conference from the New York Times breaks the streak of...
January 20, 2013
Is ‘Palestinian’ a sufficient descriptor for Hamas?
On Friday, we looked at media coverage of a new translation of a video from...
January 18, 2013
Got News? President of Egypt calls Jews apes and pigs
The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel reported on a video from 2010 that was...
December 06, 2012
Some journalists waking up to Egyptian realities?
Day after day the news from Egypt seems to get darker and more confusing. This...
November 30, 2012
Hard-hitting questions for Egypt’s Morsi
The Associated Press brings us the latest from Cairo: Islamists approved a draft constitution for...
November 06, 2012
And for the Copts, the winner is … the winner is?
First things first: I would like to stress that, while I am a member of...
October 26, 2012
Economist offers rare insights into Salafists
I have a friend who once worked for Time (actually, several people fit under that...
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