Benghazi Terrorists: ‘Dr. Morsi Sent Us’

May 31, 2013

Published in Front Page Magazine  on May 31, 2013 By Cynthia Farahat The terrorist attack in Benghazi is far more disturbing than previously thought. Although it has not been reported in the U.S. media, the possibility exists that the Egyptian government may have played an operational role in the attack. YouTube videos of the terrorist strike raise a serious problem that only an Arabic speaker would detect: some of the terrorists are speaking in the Egyptian dialect of the Arabic language. Indeed, one of the videos shot with a cell phone of one of the attackers emerged around the time four Americans were killed. It shows a mob approaching the American compound under siege, clearly telling the terrorists in the dialect of Upper Egypt: “Mahadesh, mahadesh yermi, Dr. Morsi ba`atna” — which translates to: “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, Dr. Morsi sent us.” The words “Mahadesh yermi” for “don’t shoot” ...

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A Page From My Diary: Notes on Exile

Feb 27, 2013

This is the first personal blogpost I write. I spent the past few days reunited with two of my best friends from Egypt, who visited me after almost two years of separation… many of us were forced out of our homes in Egypt – yet they were not really our homes, as you never actually fully legally or psychologically own anything under tyranny- many of my friends and I are now scattered on 3 different continents, and still no home… Sometimes we envied those who died in battle among us, only to shortly reaffirm our stance, and remember that our victories were worth our losses; our vigilance prevails beyond our despair. Yesterday was our last night together; the three of us were sipping single malt and laughing at ourselves, each other and the world, and one of them paused ...

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“Life As An Activist Woman In Egypt” with Next Generation TV

Feb 16, 2013

To grow up as a woman of Coptic Christian faith in the Muslim heartland of Egypt is to live as a fourth-class citizen. To embrace the mantle of activist in that atmosphere is worse still. Cynthia Farahat knows because that was her life. Now an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum in the United States, Farahat chatted about the trials of her life with Next Generation TV’s Michelle Fields this week, and they have been numerous. Farahat realized as young as age 6 that Egypt under then-President Hosni Mubarek was oppressive. “Being born under a dictatorship, it never feels normal and it never feels usual,” she said. And by her teen years she took an interest in political affairs. Farahat wanted to be an artist, but that was the surest way not to become one in Mubarak’s Egypt. She said ...

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PIPES AND FARAHAT: Morsi could discredit Muslim Brotherhood rule

Nov 13, 2012

Washington Times Egyptian president still on shaky ground Earlier this year, most analysts in Egypt  assessed Field Marshal Hussein  Tantawi to be the key figure in that country’s politics and President Mohamed Morsi to be a lightweight. Mr.  Morsi fired Field Marshal Tantawi on Aug. 12. This matters  because Field Marshal Tantawi  would have kept the country out of Islamist hands, while Mr.  Morsi is speedily moving the country in the direction of applying Islamic law. If Mr.  Morsi succeeds at this, the result will have major negative implications for  America’s standing in the region. How did this happen? Field Marshal Tantawi, then  the effective ruler of Egypt, had handpicked Mr. Morsi for president, seeing him as the  safest option, someone who could be manipulated or (if necessary) replaced.  Toward this end, Field Marshal Tantawi instructed the Supreme  Constitutional ...

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Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Jun 27, 2012

Secure Freedom Radio, June 26th, 2012 With Jonathan Schanzer, Monica Crowley, Cynthia Farahat, and Andy McCarthy JONATHAN SCHANZER of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies looks into how Russia is providing arms for Iran and acting like an ally to both Iran and Syria. A New Shift in Iran-Russia Relations MONICA CROWLEY from FOX News discusses her new book, including what it means to be a “happy warrior” and how to keep the United States from looking like a Salvador Dali painting. What the (Bleep) Just Happened? CYNTHIA FARAHAT of the Center for Security Policy provides another perspective on Mohammed Morsi winning the Egyptian election this week. Muslim Brotherhood urges ‘unity’ in first speech as Egypt’s president-elect ANDY MCCARTHY from National Review analyzes current U.S. news, such as Obama Care and how a terrorist was invited to the U.S. Court Keeps ...

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EMET Rays of Light in the Darkness a Resounding Success

Jun 21, 2012

The Endowment for Middle East Truth‘s 6th Annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner Thursday, June 25, 2012 was a resounding success.  The Rays of Light in the Darkness is the sole fundraising event of the year and is crucial to supporting EMET’s educational efforts. But it is also an opportunity for truth-telling. The capacity crowd was regaled with excellent and informative speeches by our attending honorees, including Ambassador John Bolton, Rep Allen West, and Cynthia Farahat. We were also pleased to hear from Rep. Brad Sherman, author Kenneth Timmerman, and Rep. Trent Franks. EMET thanks all those who came out in support of our wonderful Speakers of the Truth. Without your assistance and support, we could not continue to educate American policy makers and the general ...

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Egypt: Radicalizing the Political Bargain Part I

Apr 18, 2012

Center for Security Policy | Apr 17, 2012 By Cynthia Farahat In an article for Middle East Quarterly last year, I established the historic and ongoing alliance between the current Egyptian military and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). While the current military junta and the Mubarak regime before  them have long encouraged the United States to believe a power struggle exists between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces(SCAF) and the Brotherhood, the real fight for control of Egypt lies elsewhere. In July 2005, the former Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Mahdi Akef publically gave Bay’ia (Islamic oath of loyalty) to Mubarak, and stated in an interview for Egyptian Magazine Akher Sa’a: “We support President Mubarak’s presidential candidacy, and I wish to meet with him.”  This explains why the Brotherhood initially formally declined to join in the January 25, 2011 protest against him. Yasser El-Hodeiby a ...

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Faith Under Fire: Cynthia Farahat

Mar 11, 2012

Center for Security Policy, Faith Under Fire Conference, Chicago March 10th,  2012.   ...

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Faith Under Fire Conference

Mar 10, 2012

Representative Frank Wolf endorses Faith Under Fire Conference: [CLICK TO DOWNLOAD PDF] Please join us for this eye-opening Chicago-area conference on the worldwide crisis in religious freedom. We will examine the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Islamic countries as representatives of these communities offer riveting testimony. Key members of the U.S. Congress will discuss the latest legislation and actions intended to prevent genocide. Recognized international and national experts will offer insightful analysis of policy issues and the global threat to religious freedom. Presented by the Center for Security Policy Center President Frank Gaffney previews the Conference on Chicago Moody Radio FM 90.1 ...

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‘Songs of the Revolution’ – Egypt 2010-2011 (Part I) By: Cynthia Farahat* ...

Feb 23, 2012

Published by MEMRI on February 23, 2012. Introduction The Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011 began on the Internet long before the massive protests in Al-Tahrir square took place. The 18 days of that revolution and subsequent events sparked a wave of popular creative expression, in the form of protest songs communicating the ideas and ideals of the liberal youth that led the revolution. This creative drive, which continues today, reflects the frustration of the youth that led the revolution and its sense that the revolution has been hijacked by an emerging coalition of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and Islamist circles – both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi movements – which are presenting themselves as revolutionaries while shaping post-revolutionary Egypt in the image of its past. In an attempt to compete with the authentic creativity ...

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Interview with Cynthia Farahat on Growing Up in Egypt, Discovering Ayn Rand, and Fighting Islamists ...

Feb 10, 2012

Published on February 10, 2012 on The Objective Standard Posted by Joshua Lipana at 11:36 am Cynthia Farahat is an Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher. She co-founded the Liberal Egyptian Party (2006–2008) and served as a member of its political committee. In 2008-2009, she was program coordinator and program officer at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Cairo, a multi-national free market think tank. She was a founder of the Masr El-Om (Mother Egypt) Party and was a member of its political committee (2004–2006). She is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and the Center for Security Policy. She has been published in the Middle East Quarterly, and in other publications in both English and Arabic. In December 2011, Ms. Farahat testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US House of Representatives on the roots of the ...

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Column: Cynthia Farahat: A courageous woman with a profound message for U.S.

Feb 5, 2012

By: Matthew May Published on The Eagle-Tribune on February 5, 2012 What does a freedom fighter look like? Romanticized images of guerrillas coiled to spring on unsuspecting imperialists might come to mind. Students of history might think of American Rangers scaling Pont du Hoc during the D-Day invasion of France or perhaps the Minutemen from this commonwealth who helped expel the British Empire. Seldom, if ever, would one describe a freedom fighter as a slight, bespectacled Egyptian woman in business attire. But such a warrior was in our midst last Saturday, when Cynthia Farahat rose to deliver a presentation about politics and religion in her homeland during a conference on Christianity in the Middle East in Framingham sponsored by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Farahat is a Copt. As she explained to the crowded ...

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