The bombing of St Peter’s Church in Cairo exposes the growing vulnerability of Egypt’s Christian minority and the increasing mainstreaming of extremist Islamist discourse.
Muslim-Coptic tension is just one aspect of a wider turmoil that will worsen until real democracy takes hold.
Egypt is certainly the gift of the Nile, but the great river could become east Africa’s curse. What are the chances of a future ‘water war’?
Following the lead of Islamists, Egyptian Christians are trying to ban an award-winning novel because it ‘insults’ Christianity.
New attempts to address the divide between Egypt’s Muslims and Christians must be supported, not undermined, by the state.