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Towards a Better Future. Milad Iskander, President Roadmap to a strong, stable and prosperous Egypt. Copts: Egypt’s Strongest Patriots. Pope Kyrollos the 5 th : Egyptian self-determination, and education (including teaching women and girls)

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Towards a better future

Towards a Better Future

Milad Iskander, President

Roadmap to a strong, stable and prosperous Egypt

Copts egypt s strongest patriots
Copts: Egypt’s Strongest Patriots

Pope Kyrollos the 5th:Egyptian self-determination, and education (including teaching women and girls)

Makram Obaid: Liberation of Egypt from the British

Fuad Aziz Ghali: Military leadership

Towards a better future

Violence against Christians still continues but state police and/or Muslim mobs are increasingly becoming the perpetrators. “Christian Solidarity International

Copts are under constant threat

Copts in egypt have nowhere to turn
Copts in Egypt have nowhere to turn

  • Caught between the Egyptian government, which engages in criminal activities against them, and is careless about their plight

  • Islamic fundamentalists who are waging war against them with government support and complicity

Copts in egypt have nowhere to turn1
Copts in Egypt have nowhere to turn

  • a government-controlled press that both omits and glosses over atrocities committed against the Copts, and actively incites Islamic mob violence against their Coptic compatriots

Critical requirements for progress
Critical Requirements for Progress

  • Equal protection and equal civil and human rights for all citizens

  • Action to effectively protect the people against the rogue elements, including strong secular judiciary to hold those responsible accountable

  • Free and fair participation and representation in all aspects of the political process and government

Critical requirements for progress1
Critical Requirements for Progress

  • Economic policies to address the abject poverty that provides the continuing basis for Islamic fundamentalism

  • Strong independent hate-free and truthful media, educational curricula and popular entertainment, higher education and research

Step 1 equality
Step 1: Equality

  • The Problem: Copts are discriminated against in all aspects of life in Egypt, as mandated by Egyptian law and policies

  • What Can Be Done:

    Purge law code of discriminatory sections (e.g. Undo 1971 imposition of Islamic Law and Hamayoni Decree)

Step 2 protect human and civil rights
Step 2: Protect Human and Civil Rights

  • The problem: Government failure to protect the persons and property of Copts from fundamentalist attackers, including police and other government officials

  • What can be done:

    Vigorously identify and prosecute those responsible

    Egyptian government must lead by example

Step 3 fair and adequate representation
Step 3: Fair and Adequate Representation

  • The Problem: Lack of Coptic representation, which is much diminished from 15% in 1931 versus less than 1% today

  • What can be done:

    Promote principles and practices of democracy among the Egyptian population at large

    Open up the political system to enable all qualified candidates to participate

    Remove government interference in religious affairs and vice versa

Step 4 economic progress
Step 4: Economic Progress

  • The Problem: Economic stagnation, with high unemployment and massive poverty leads to extreme ideologies and violence

  • What can be done:

    Create an unbiased system in the public sector

    Enforce nondiscriminatory employment and education policies

Step 5 support enlightened public participation
Step 5: Support Enlightened Public Participation

  • The Problem: Public discussion of ideas is limited by a close-minded focus that excludes non-Muslims and is filled with negative stereotypes about the Copts and Egypt’s history

  • What can be done:

    Eliminate government support for media and publishers that attack or misrepresent Copts, Coptic culture and Egyptian history

    Remove religious bias from education at all levels

A strong stable and prosperous egypt will benefit all
A Strong, Stable and Prosperous Egypt will Benefit All

There is a strong correlation between persecution and intellectual repression, and consequent economic stagnation, which destabilizes the country and region.

Egypt today is a country that is rich in its potential but poor in its leaders and a prisoner to the fundamentalists’ ideals of an Islamic state.