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Interview: CNN reporter takes her viewers inside the Middle East

Hala Gorani’s show favors color and insight over headlines CAIRO: While more reporters and journalists flock to the Middle East than any other region in the world, much of the voluminous amounts of coverage beamed across the globe focuses on death, destruction and conflict. And with a daily news schedule dominated by reports of suicide …

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Breaking the mold: Helwan art students shine at new show

Several years ago, artist and lecturer Shady El Noshokaty realized something about Helwan University’s art education curriculum: it was old-fashioned, restrictive and plagued by a scatter-shot approach that did little to foster creative thinking. First, while students were forced to study traditional art forms like painting and drawing, they weren’t allowed to specialize. And second, …

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Faster than the speed of sound: Where to find the latest tracks online

As major record labels try to figure out a way to stop their hemorrhaging profits, the amount of music being downloaded and streamed across the Internet continues to proliferate like bed bugs in Britney’s sheets. For Egyptian music fans who have generally had to deal with delayed releases, high prices and limited selections, this is …

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Mahazer delivers a magical mystery tour

Show combines ancient styles into a cacophonous brew of mystical chants and rhythms If the ritualistic music of the zar could be compared to an animal, it would be the equivalent of a deep sea shark: mysterious, rare and endangered. This ancient form of music, which features polyrhythmic drum patterns and mantra-like chants, is very …

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European Union awards LE 4.2 billion in aid package to Egyptian government

Cash to support “Egypt’s own political reform agenda, says EU CAIRO: In the name of promoting democratic reforms in Egypt, the European Union is providing the Mubarak government with a massive new aid package worth ?558 million. The cash, which is to be doled out over a four-year period, is also earmarked to implement the …

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Dead heads, ancient ruins and trendy restaurants

Jordan’s tiny kingdom offers a wealth of treats for visitors AMMAN: For centuries, the sick, the poor and the pale have flocked to the Dead Sea to soak up the mythical vibe and marinate in its salty waters, which are said to have healing powers. But as the number of luxury resorts, expensive hotels and …

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Cream of the crop

Back in high school, I had a math teacher who knew nothing about math. The guy would stand in front of our class clutching a piece of chalk and use it to scribble equations violently on the blackboard. At best, his lessons were mildly confusing. At worst, they were misleading and mathematically unsound. In fact, …

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Egypt's growing trade with Europe may be damaging ties with the US

CAIRO: As Egypt liberalizes its economy and moves closer to the European economic sphere, it could be doing so at the expense of its trade relationship with the US, warns an Egyptian business leader. The growing ties behind the EU-Egypt economic partnership have been bolstered by the Euro-Mediterranean neighborhood policy and other agreements, but no …

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Blurred photos, bad film and a fascinating collection of photographs

Artist employs the photo faux-pas as inspiration for his latest collection Blurred images and warped colors are two of the photo world’s biggest sins. However, for Cairo-based photographer Paul Ayoub-Geday, a photo faux pas can be re-imagined as a point of inspiration. “I was always interested in bad photos – photos that were blurred or …

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Theater forum chooses independence over cash

Mahmoud Aboudoma, the man behind one of the country’s most vital creative gatherings, doesn’t have a very high opinion of the government’s cultural mandate. “I don’t believe in the official culture ministry, he tells The Daily Star Egypt. “They play with these words to control people. They make a shirt and they give it to …

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Egypt should not pursue nuclear energy: EU diplomat

Alternative renewable energy should be developed instead CAIRO: Contradicting US policy, the European Union (EU) will not fully support Egypt’s ambitions to create a nuclear program for peaceful energy purposes, a top EU diplomat said yesterday. Rather than pursuing nuclear power to solve the country’s energy needs, Egypt should instead work towards energy diversification and …

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Dancing tents, swirling colors and a cloud of controversy

At first glance, a play featuring six women performing surreal modern dances while wearing colorful tents might not appear to be an overtly political statement. Indeed, for the casual viewer, the frantic and energetic performances in “Letters from Tentland: Return to Sender look less like a catalyst for heated discourse and more like an abstract …

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Cut the booze and get smarter, says new study

Drinkers who dry out for over a month experience brain growth CAIRO: Boozehounds, who jump started the year with alcohol-fueled revelry still have a chance to re-grow parts of their brain. A new study says that alcoholics who quit drinking can enjoy considerable brain growth. European researchers found that alcoholics who dried out for 38 …

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Can Egyptian writers deliver another "Yacoubian Building" success?

CAIRO: Earlier this week, at a wine and shrimp-fuelled soiree packed with British literati, Egyptian novelist Miral El Tahawi was on the prowl. This was her chance to swap business cards with a group of influential publishers who have the power to put her novels on European bookshelves and nightstands – a feat that’s next …

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Egypt's philosopher prince unveils his new collection

Stars and media pack into Farouk Hosni’s latest gallery showing Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni unleashed his latest collection of abstract paintings to a celebrity-jammed crowd at the Zamalek Art Gallery earlier this week. Accompanied by a throng of television reporters and eager journalists, luminaries such as Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Youssra and the elegant Libleba …

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Flexing Egypt's research muscle

Program aims to get science and technology back on track CAIRO: While the past decades have been marked by a gradual shrinking of Egypt’s research and development muscle, a new program launched by the country’s biggest research center is working to whip the country’s scientific sector into shape. For the past six months, an elite …

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Visa pushing cashless society program in Egypt

New school aims to educate banking sector CAIRO: Underlining the financial sector’s interest in pushing bank payment cards into the domestic marketplace, credit giant Visa will launch a certification program for Egypt’s banking sector this May. The educational program and certifications will enable local bank managers and employees to familiarize themselves with the basics of …

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Ill communication: Egyptian scientists struggle to connect

Doctors and researchers are cut off from the world – and each other CAIRO: Dr. Hala Badawi is the president of one of the country’s largest research institutes, and yet, her office doesn’t have a computer. If she wants to send an email, research the latest online medical journals or email a colleague, she has …

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Bright lights, big city, big headache

Cairo is hard work. Given the smog, the traffic and the crushing weight of bureaucracy which seeps into all aspects of life, just going about your daily routine feels like a Herculean ordeal. While this tense, crowded environment usually expresses itself through the cacophonous din of car horns on Cairo’s streets, once in a while, …

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Local gallery opens its doors to Cairo's creative outsiders

Nationalities and ideas mix in artistic exchange In a city where studio space for young painters is a prized commodity, the Townhouse Gallery is running an innovative program which aims to give every artist a place to get creative. The idea is simple: the downtown gallery provides the materials, opens its doors and lets people …

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Germany hoping to tap into Egypt's scientific potential

Cooperation key in getting Egyptian scientists back on track CAIRO: Beset by brain drain, funding shortages and weak international networks, Egypt’s scientific community is falling behind in key scientific sectors, warns a top researcher. In recent years submissions to internationally-recognized scientific journals by Egyptian scientists – a major indicator of scientific vitality – has fallen, …

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Online gallery opens up new vistas for artist Nagla Ezzat

Local artist Nagla Ezzat has just opened the largest show of her career and thankfully, you can check it out without leaving the comfort of your home. Like many ambitious young artists, Ezzat has skipped the judicious eyes of gallery owners and the sneering words of the critics and decided to take her work directly …

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Marine insurance offers speedier service online

CAIRO: Companies which import and export goods in and out of Egypt can cut down on shipping times and step up their product flow, thanks to a new online service, insurance company Royal & SunAlliance announced yesterday. The company says that the “e-certificate program, which allows their customers to issue their marine insurance paperwork over …

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A river runs through it: floating homes make city living a breeze

“When you sit on the balcony, it’s like paradise It’s another busy, smoggy day in Agouza and the noisy torrent of cars, taxis and buses is reaching its fever pitch. Rush hour is kicking into high gear and the road warriors aren’t holding back. Horns blare, engines roar and the smell of petrol is so …

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Bold fusion: Eftekasat puts innovation over tradition

Local group blends a plethora of influences on their debut record Listening to the debut LP from this Cairo-based sextet is like wandering through the city that birthed them: it’s a complex and exhilarating journey that melds international influences with plenty of home grown flavor. Not only does the band meld oriental, progressive rock and …

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Kids on TV: new program aims to give kids a voice

CAIRO: An ambitious new program that puts kids in charge of writing, directing and presenting a television series will be beamed into Egyptian homes next year. However, rather than featuring animated super heroes and cartoon comedy skits, the program will tackle serious issues like children’s rights. The project aims to empower kids and raise awareness …

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Brain candy: German artist fuses science and art in new work

CAIRO: The brain is the home of thoughts, the origin of images and the arbiter of emotions. So when German artist Helga Griffiths set about creating a piece for the 10th Cairo International Biennale, which has a theme of images and time, she decided to go back to basics and create a work centered on …

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Intel to spend $1 billion to develop tech-education

Part of plan to bring developing world up to speed OSSEEM, Egypt: On a brisk morning earlier this week, Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel Corporation, stood on a small stage dressed in a shiny pharaoh costume, where he was surrounded by a pack of torch-wielding school kids. While it was a strange to see a …

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Euro socialists come to talk politics and strengthen ties

CAIRO: In a bid to strengthen relations and increase dialogue, a group of socialist politicians arrived yesterday to meet with government officials, academics and activists. In addition to scheduled meetings with Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abul Gheit, the European delegation, which includes the former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, will sit down with …

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How great thou art: A feast for the senses

Some of the top picks selected by The Daily Star Egypt Given the staggering amount of art on display at the 10th Cairo International Biennale, navigating your way through the dozens of installations, paintings, prints and sculptures can be a daunting task. With more than 120 artists from all over the world showing everything from …

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