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Celluloid memorial to Brotherhood founder

Group member to shoot movie on founder Hassan Al-Banna BENHA: A member of the Muslim Brotherhood who plans to make a movie about the Islamist movement s founder says he wants the film to tell the life story of his hero rather than spread propaganda for the group. Muhsin Radi says too little is known …

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Egypt moves up two spots in FIFA rankings

CAIRO: Egypt moved up two spots in the FIFA monthly ranking to settle in the 25th place for October 2006. The Pharaohs, who only managed a goalless away draw against Botswana in their last African qualifier, benefited from the bad results that other national teams produced. The countries whose results made way for the national …

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Band starts out on the first floor, but on its way up

El-Door El-Awal cuts its first album with Oriental Sounds Project This week, the seven-member band El-Door El-Awal (The First Floor) celebrated the launch of its first album, “Qarar Izala (Eviction Notice), produced as part of the Oriental Sounds Project. El-Door El-Awal rehearsed for two months, and then band members took four days to record the …

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Make way for experimental oriental sounds

Music producers give non-commercial music a shot Investing in non-commercial music has always been risky; consequently most music producers choose to produce for well-known commercial singers and musicians whose sales are practically guaranteed. This week, however, saw the release of four non-commercial live albums recorded at the Al-Geneina Theater in Al-Azhar Park during the Al-Mawred …

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Encounter in the pursuit of meaning

Puzzling through the knot of the relationship between Arab intellectuals and Western thought On a rare sunny September day in the south west of England, a visit to the university bookstore left Rasheed El-Enany’s befuddled why his latest book was not on the shelves. A quick investigation revealed that “Arab Representations of the Occident: East-West …

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Crime Scene: Parents turn on their own children

Suicides choose to leap this week; passenger saves the train CAIRO: As Ramadan comes to an end and Eid El-Fitr approaches, shocking crimes including suicide, parental murders of their own children, and transportation mishaps continue to fill the pages of the local press. Al-Masry Al-Youm in its Oct. 14 edition reported that a high school …

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Egypt's development projects only benefit the rich

The centerpiece of successful (i.e. long-term, organic) town and city development is usually a community enterprise or institution, concretized by a structure that declares the community s primary need or intent. For example, a harbor serving fishermen, a marketplace for farmers or craftsmen, a place of worship serving a spiritual ideal, a university serving the …

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The Arab League breaks with the past and attempts a rebirth

With the United States Congress appealing to Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa for intervention in Darfur, and with Moussa’s offer to provide peacekeeping troops, one gets the impression that the League is finally taking itself seriously. Historically, the Arab League has been perceived as quasi-legitimate due to its western alliances, since Egypt, Saudi Arabia …

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So much for a peaceful Ramadan

With one week left till the end of Ramadan, a holy month of piety and quiet reflection, one cannot help but recount that the Muslim world has witnessed anything but such temperance this year. Wherever you look today in the Muslim world, there is a disturbance – to put it mildly. In Lebanon, schoolchildren, farmers, …

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Pre-iftar fight leads to murder by screwdriver

Violence in Boulaq El-Dakrour ends in death CAIRO: On Ibrahim El-Desouky Street in Giza’s Zenin district, a number of boys were playing opposite the auto repair shop of Mahmoud Badr Shaaban. They were making such a ruckus that Shaaban, 34, shouted at them to quiet down. As they left the area, he got into one …

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CIB to set up Algerian subsidiary

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB) will set up a subsidiary in Algeria in conjunction with investors from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the bank said on Tuesday. CIB and the other investors, who were not named, have signed a memorandum of understanding on the bank, which will be called CIB-Algeria, it said in a …

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Egyptians won't stop Mubarak dynasty – Islamist

Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood sees little likelihood of a popular backlash if Gamal Mubarak succeeds his father as president, the Islamist group s deputy leader said on Tuesday. Mohammed Habib, whose group is among the country s opposition force, said plans seemed to be moving ahead for Gamal to succeed his father Hosni Mubarak, …

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Israel again threatens to intensify Gaza offensive

Agence-France Presse JERUSALEM: Israel again warned Tuesday that it would up its offensive in the Gaza Strip, a day after the ruling Islamist Hamas movement threatened to teach the Israeli army a lesson it will not forget . Gaza should not become a second Lebanon, Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Boim told public radio, reiterating a …

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Coach lashes African Champions League finalists Ahly

Agence-France Presse CAIRO: Al-Ahly have received a tongue lashing from coach Manuel Jose despite reaching a second consecutive African Champions League final at the weekend. Portugal-born Jose was furious after the Red Devils of Cairo meekly surrendered a half-time lead against ASEC in Ivory Coast to lose 2-1 in the second leg of a semi-final …

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Climate change floods developing countries with challenges

Children on one of southern Africa’s mightiest rivers are playing the Limpopo board game, literally for their lives. Piloted in places like Zimbabwe s Matabeleland and Mozambique s Gaza Province, it uses the power of play to teach ways of reducing vulnerability to flooding. If a counter lands on a space showing a well designed …

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Amlak Finance to offer first Islamic mortgage loans in the Egyptian market

Noozz After nearly four years of bargaining between the United Arab Emirates’ Amlak Finance Company and the Egyptian Mortgage Finance Authority, the company has decided to launch an operation in Egypt. The move comes as part of Amlak’s regional expansion strategy following the company’s decision that mortgage finance in Egypt is compliant with Islamic Sharia …

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US foreign policy has endangered the planet

The proof of a pudding is whether it tastes good and doesn’t make you ill. If the ‘War on Terror’ was a dessert, we’d all be suffering from food poisoning. It’s a failure, and according to numerous leaked documents, that’s official. But when, oh when, will the myopic ones inhabiting the White House and Number …

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A Bush policy of 'Apres moi, le deluge'

During her recent visit to Egypt, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have profited from a short visit to the bookstore of the American University in Cairo, where she could have purchased the extraordinary memoirs of “The Last Khedive of Egypt Abbas Hilmi II, which recently went on sale. Abbas Hilmi succeeded his father …

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Egypt's veiled actresses make a comeback on satellite TV

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egyptian actresses who left the world of entertainment for a more religiously correct lifestyle are back on TV screens this Ramadan, in a bid to reinvent their image more in line with the growing Islamic trend. More than 50 television serials have been produced for the month when soaps are big business, …

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Golden keys to new opportunities

Egypt joins international union Les Clefs d’Or CAIRO: President of Les Clefs d’Or Greece, Emmanuel Vrettos, visited Cairo last week for the founding assembly of Egypt s new section of the Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hôtels Clefs d’Or (UICH) at Sheraton Heliopolis. “Governors, ministers, they all know what we do – and can do – …

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Crime Scene:Silent killer tops the crime news

Girl receives brutal beating from father; stepfather hurls baby against the wall CAIRO: This week’s greatest culprit is . bacteria. On Oct.12, FilBalad.com reported that Dr. Hatim Al-Jabali, minister of health and population, said lab tests proved salmonella and not cholera had led to the poisoning of nearly 100 people in Al-Daqahleya province. Al-Jabali added …

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Insurance industry expects new medical insurance regulations in three months

Noozz CAIRO: The Egyptian Insurance Supervisory Authority (EISA) is set to explore a new bill on national medical insurance, proposed by the Union of Egyptian Insurance Companies. Adel Monir, chairman of EISA remarked that the new bill sums up the required amendments on the Egyptian medical insurance regulations, such as the creation of a market-motivated …

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CASE to re-launch bid over trading systems supplies

Noozz CAIRO: After receiving only two proposals that failed to fulfill technical requirements, the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges (CASE) has decided to re-launch its calls for bids to provide it with new trading systems. A senior official at the bourse said that the Swedish OMX Company and the French Euronext had submitted proposals in …

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Methanex Egypt looks to export $350 million worth of Methanol to overseas markets

Noozz CAIRO: Three Egyptian companies plan to speed up their involvement in a joint-venture to produce methanol with the Canadian Methanex Corporation and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), Sameh Fahmy, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, said. During a general meeting of Methanex Egypt, the minister said the project aims to produce 1.3 million tons …

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Egypt invites Russian businesses to invest in specialized industrial zones

Noozz CAIRO: A senior official at the Ministry of Trade and Industry said Russian businesses will be invited to invest in two Egyptian specialized industrial zones for heavy trucks and engineering industries during President Mubarak’s next visit to Russia in November. Amr Assal, the chairman of Egypt’s Industry Development Authority, said a delegation from the …

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Egyptian intelligence chief discusses Palestinian unity government with exiled Hamas leader

Associated Press DAMASCUS: Egypt s intelligence chief held talks Saturday with Hamas exiled political leader in Damascus on forming a Palestinian unity government and swapping prisoners for a kidnapped Israeli soldier, a Hamas official said. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met with Omar Suleiman about containing the conflict between the ruling Hamas and Fatah party, Hamas …

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Don't let your health go up in smoke

College kids warned about starting hookah habit Reuters NEW YORK: Puffing on a water pipe full of flavored tobacco may sound more glamorous than smoking a regular cigarette, but it s probably just as bad for your lungs, if not even more harmful, a Washington, DC researcher warns. Dr. Christopher Loffredo, director of the Cancer …

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Egyptian imam travels to Denmark to cool cartoon row

Reuters COPENHAGEN: A visiting Egyptian imam was among the muslim clerics in Denmark praising the Danish government s condemnation of the latest group of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad and at Friday prayers urged increased respect for religion. In a Copenhagen mosque, Ahmed Turki, a guest imam from Egypt visiting during Ramadan, addressed several hundred …

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Methanex Egypt looks to export $350 million worth of Methanol to overseas markets

Noozz CAIRO: Egypt plans to speed up its steps towards the fulfillment of a joint-venture to produce methanol between three Egyptian companies, the Canadian Methanex Corporation and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), according to Sameh Fahmy, the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum. During a general meeting of Methanex Egypt, the minister said the project aims …

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