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Architect faces off with Aswan officials over flood homes

CAIRO: Architect Mamdouh Hamza slammed the government’s decision to seize land donated to build homes for Aswan’s flood victims, branding it as a “[personal] defamation and a blow to grassroots initiatives . During a press conference Saturday at the Journalists Syndicate, Hamza said: “There are certain entities that specialize in destroying such projects … There …

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Women up for grabs

Generations the world over have tried to fight the objectification of women. We, women, do not like to be externalized; we want the world to see through us and value us for who we really are, not for how we look. History has proven that is no easy feat, and here we are, in the …

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Average income of gov't employee LE 98, says study

CAIRO: An official study by the Egyptian Investment Authority puts the monthly income of a government employee on tier six at LE 98, which is LE 66 less than the per capita income marking the poverty line. The study suggests that according to the national poverty line, the monthly income of a family comprised of …

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Prosecution releases Al Masry Al Youm editor in Al-Wafd scuffle investigation

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Mohamed Ghorab of the South Cairo Prosecution Office released editor in chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm Magdy El-Gallad on Sunday on professional grounds warranted by his press license. The prosecution is investigating a complaint filed by head of Al-Wafd party Mahmoud Abaza against El-Gallad and Ammar Ali Hassan, Al-Masry reporter and head of …

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Al-Balagh official says board only wanted to develop Islam Online

CAIRO: The issue at popular Islamic resource Islam Online (IOL) was part of a “plan to diversify the website’s content and outreach and not an attack on the website’s progressive approach to editorial content, according to Mohamed Badr El-Sada, one of IOL’s founders and current board member of Qatar’s Al-Balagh Foundation. “We are not against …

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Rights group launches Wasla monthly to showcase blogs

CAIRO: Recognizing the importance of citizen journalism, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) launched its first issue of its monthly Wasla Thursday, Egypt’s first newspaper with 90 percent content derived from blog entries. The newspaper “mirrors what happens on the blogs … We want to transfer what is discussed online to an audience …

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PA committee to investigate radiation emissions

CAIRO: The health and environment committee at the People’s Assembly is investigating a factory in Kafr El-Zayat, Gharbeya, accused of emitting harmful radiation, according to Hamdy El-Sayyed, head of the committee. “A committee of representatives from the National Association of Atomic Energy, the Ministry of Environment and the radiology department of the faculty of science …

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Political analyst discusses Egypt's future as presidential elections loom

CAIRO: Egypt’s political future is likely to follow one of three scenarios that involve inheritance of power or the emergence of an independent presidential candidate, political analyst Amr El-Chobaki told online news portal Masrway in an interview published Sunday. As Egypt approaches the presidential elections in 2011, El-Chobaki explained, the first scenario would see the …

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Political analyst discusses Egypt's future as presidential elections loom

CAIRO: Egypt’s political future is likely to follow one of three scenarios that involve inheritance of power or the emergence of an independent presidential candidate, political analyst Amr El-Chobaki told online news portal Masrway in an interview published Sunday. As Egypt approaches the presidential elections in 2011, El-Chobaki explained, the first scenario would see the …

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Negotiations beak down between IOL staff and Qatar

CAIRO: Negotiations between lawyers from Islam Online (IOL) and Media International were stalled Thursday afternoon after both parties failed to agree on terms for a financial settlement slated to end an employee strike approaching its third week. Representatives of Abdullah El-Naggar, head of Media International’s board and member of the board of Al-Balagh foundation, IOL’s …

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Home-grown Hybrid Records hopes to revive lost heritage

Egyptian culture is in a pitfall; but that’s old news. Whenever this reality is discussed in the media or among peers, many seem to agree that nothing is being done to lift it back up. As a journalist, you constantly meet new people, brains loaded with novel ideas to help Egypt rise once more. I …

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Qatar ministry removes El-Qaradwi from Al-Balagh board

CAIRO: The board of Qatar’s Al-Balagh Foundation, the main funder of Islam Online (IOL), was dissolved late Tuesday by the Qatari Ministry of Social Affairs, according to Fathy Abu Hatab, a journalist at IOL. Sheikh Yousef El-Qaradawi,who headed the board, was informed of the decision Tuesday night via a message sent by Ali El-Emady. Ibrahim …

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Somewhere between a hotel and your own home

Believe it or not, there are those of us who are not fond of lodging in five star hotels, and no it’s not about being finicky. To the grounded, more down-to-earth of the wealthy human race, the joy of traveling, or treating oneself to a getaway weekend, resides in a certain type of comfort, one …

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Digging up daunts from the past

Recently, mixing the old with the new has become a recipe for a bestseller. And while the extent to which one age element overshadows the other is specific to each work, the final outcome is a catalogue of mashed-up creations that stand proudly behind the stories they tell. After making my way through the labyrinth-like …

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Egyptian photojournalists make it to the limelight

Journalists may use infinite words to tell the same story, but for photojournalists, it takes just one click to do it. Sawy Culture Wheel’s Word Hall is currently hosting the works of 96 photojournalists in the third annual photo contest organized by the Egyptian Photojournalist Community, crowning the efforts of local bylines that are often …

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Misr International Films and BBC open a new frontier for TV drama

In an unprecedented venture into the world of TV drama, Youssef Chahine’s Misr International Films (MIF) and BBC World Service Trust are bringing a new media platform to the Arab World; one they hope will evolve as “an agent of change. During a press conference held Saturday evening, Marianne and Gabriel Khoury, chief executives of …

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World of Pharaohs resurrected in first Lego museum

If you give your child the choice between going to a playground and visiting a museum, they will most definitely choose the playground, and it’s hard to argue against that. That s why the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities set up its first children’s section, a miniature version built on the same premises in the heart …

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Hanfaninha turns the page over a busy year

Last January, Hanfaninha debuted as Cairo’s youngest studio gallery, opening an outlet for young talents who have long struggled for exhibiting their work in any of the city’s established showrooms. With a superb location in Zamalek and a passion for their craft, three friends fresh out of college quickly carved their place in Cairo’s young …

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A silver lining in the Copenhagen failure?

CAIRO: For many, reading another article about the United Nation’s climate summit in Copenhagen is like hearing about a dozen new H1N1 cases or stumbling upon a talk show hashing over the Egyptian-Algerian football mania; both yield a “please, not again reaction. For a couple of dozen environmental enthusiasts, however, an evening at Salon (Nahdet) …

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Exploring art creation

I don’t know about you but when I go to see an art exhibit I enjoy roaming about; I like galleries with a space that allows you to walk around, step back and take a look at the broader picture. At instances, I like to feel lost in the midst of the art on display. …

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Standing in the shadow of a lost home

In film, portraying suffering in its own element is a powerful tool. Taking that same suffering to the backseat, however, often has a much stronger effect on the viewer. In Palestine, where civilians are stripped of their basic rights and families have grown numb to losing their loved ones, daily and past plights continue to …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Faint traces, low hopes for local music

There are two problems with trends: they are easily substituted and their effects are short-lived. For an old trend to grow out of fashion, a new one must evolve. But what if nothing new worthy of sweeping the scene emerges? We reach stagnation, and this is precisely the current state of Egypt’s local music scene. …

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Nothing shook that floor

It seems that the Cairo Opera House in the east and the western Broadway spectacles in the west are two worlds never meant to cross paths. For the second time this year, avid lovers of musicals were let down by a performance sold as a ‘Broadway-inspired’ show, a keyword that sent audience anticipation and sales …

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3 local environmental activists en route to Copenhagen

CAIRO: Scientific experts say that the next 12 days will determine humanity’s future. If world leaders do not agree to significantly reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions and dig deep into their pockets to help developing nations adapt, the planet we call home will no longer sustain us. The UN summit on Climate Change, COP15, opened Monday …

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Studio 14 opens with sky-high ambitions

Zamalek has always been an art hub. Between lauded showrooms in Zamalek Art Gallery and Safar Khan, and younger spaces such as Hanfaninha and Lot 17, art connoisseurs are no longer concerned with where to find art – although where to find good art remains quite an ordeal. Studio 14 joined the new sprawl of …

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Sustainability reaches Cairo's slums through solar heaters

CAIRO: Copenhagen is in an international hot seat. Countless spaces in newspapers and magazines have been dedicated to melting glaciers, sinking islands and an unavoidable refugee problem, all in anticipation of the UN’s Climate Change summit scheduled to take place in the Danish capital next week. But while local publications have not played part in …

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'The Night Counter': Scheherazade in reverse, between Lebanon and the US

Alia Yunis’ debut novel “The Night Counter is a multi-plotted story chronicling the life of 85-year-old Fatima Abdullah, a Lebanese who immigrated to Detroit, the United States when she was a teen, as she strives to reconcile with her dysfunctional family during the last nine days of her life. In “The Counter, Yunis recreates the …

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Reviving the art of storytelling

During the primeval era, when humans walked nude and anything beyond the borders of man’s immediate territory was inconceivable, people didn’t know how to read and write. Storytelling was the only method for relaying events; information was orally passed down from one generation to the next. Ancient cultures all over the world used sounds, gestures …

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