Katharina Natter

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Cairo’s zabbaleen reclaim their share in garbage collection

  CAIRO: The screening of Mai Iskander’s “Garbage Dreams”, a documentary on Cairo’s trash collectors known as zabbaleen, at Darb 1718 this Monday was an opportunity not only to shed light on the deteriorating situation of the zabbaleen, but also on their efforts to modernize Cairo’s recycling system and change people’s attitude towards trash. The …

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North Africa likely to achieve 18 of 21 MDG targets

CAIRO: North Africa is likely to achieve 18 of the 21 targets laid down in the eight UN millennium development goals (MDG), says the latest UN report, released Wednesday. Yet three targets that fall under gender equality, employment and education are unlikely to be met on time. In Egypt’s case for example, even if it …

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UNRWA highlights dire financial situation

CAIRO: In its annual meeting in Cairo last week, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) addressed its dire financial situation, saying it still needs funds to cover the next six months. “I’m ringing the alarm bell,” Filippo Grandi, commissioner general of UNRWA said, “We have six …

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The failures of Egyptian agricultural policy

CAIRO: In his recently published book “The crisis of Egypt’s rural society – The end of the fellah?” Habib Ayeb, researcher at the American University in Cairo’s social research center, sheds light on the precarious situation Egyptian farmers face today, mainly blaming excessive land fragmentation. Egyptian agriculture is characterized by small-scale properties, threatened by an …

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The invisible workers: Study says domestic workers unaccounted for

CAIRO: A recent study called for amending child labor laws to include domestic labor, and emphasized the need to produce accurate data on the topic. While other studies estimate that 2.6–2.8 million children are working on the streets, accurate data concerning domestic child workers is lacking, prompting a group of researches from the American University …

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Women say they earn less for equal hours, shows Middle East poll

CAIRO: Four out of 10 women across the Middle East consider that their salaries are lower than those of their male counterparts, a recent study conducted by the Middle East job portal, Bayt.com, and YouGovSiraj, the region’s largest online research and survey panel. Based on the perceptions of working women, the study lacks an objective …

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Obstacles remain to effective legal system

CAIRO: While access to justice is protected by Articles 66 and 68 of the constitution, there remain obstacles to implementing them, a two-day workshop concluded last week. Around 35 people – lawyers, government and NGO representatives, as well as researchers – attended the Regional Workshop on National Assessments on Access to Justice and Legal Aid, …

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UNICEF, IDSC launch crisis management strategy

CAIRO: Under the motto “Prevention is better than the cure,” UNICEF and the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) jointly launched the National Communication Strategy for Raising Societal Awareness in the Area of Risk Reduction and Crisis Management last week. “Few know that the devastations of disasters can be prevented by risk reduction initiatives,” …

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Iraq appoints first ambassador to Egypt in two decades

  CAIRO: On Saturday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit received Iraq’s new ambassador to Egypt, Nizar Eissa Al Khairullah, the first appointed to Egypt after two decades of patchy diplomatic relations.   During the last 20 years, Iraqi-Egyptian diplomatic relations have been intermingled, the last Iraqi ambassador having left Egypt in August 1990 after …

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Does racist behavior still persist in Egypt?

CAIRO: “In the past, I fought each day in the streets, now I gave up,” Nelly told Daily News Egypt. Nelly is a 25-year-old girl from Cameroon who has lived in Cairo for more than 10 years. “Samara,” or “Fresh from the oven,” are some of the comments she is subjected on an almost daily …

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International press criticizes new Nile Treaty, Egypt's attitude

CAIRO: International media are being reticent in their support of the new Nile Treaty, signed in Entebbe last week, questioning the move of the four signatory countries to enact a treaty not including Egypt and Sudan. Simultaneously, Egypt is harshly criticized — not only for its intransigent attitude, but also for its little effort to …

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Banned: The Elton John affair

CAIRO: The Egyptian Musicians’ Union announced earlier this month that a concert by Elton John scheduled for May 18 has been cancelled, triggering debate over the power of state institutions to control the arts. “How could we allow a gay man, who wants to ban religions, and who claimed that the Prophet Eissa [Jesus] was …

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Malnourishment has direct effect on poverty, says study

CAIRO: A study conducted by the World Food Program suggested the fortification of baladi bread with iron and folic acid in Egypt to boost not only the national health but also national economy. The study was discussed on Tuesday by Jack Bagriansky, international nutrition expert at the WFP, in a conference that brought together Minister …

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Experts optimistic about new organ transplant law

CAIRO: The new organ transplant law, which came into effect this week, aims to curb “commercial practices with organs in Egypt,” Alaa Ghanaam from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) told Daily News Egypt. “During the last decade, Egypt has become a focal point for organ trafficking. This is shameful,” Ghanaam said. Last February, …

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Egypt praised as model in fight against maternal mortality

CAIRO: Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in Egypt decreased almost 70 percent, from 174 deaths per 100,000 life births in 1992 to 55 in 2008, a study revealed this week. Reducing MMR by 75 percent between 1990 and 2015 is one of the UN Millennium Goals, but according to the study, only 23 countries are currently …

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Leaked video uncovers cruelty of civilian killing in Iraq war

CAIRO: A 2007 video showing US military helicopters attacking and killing unarmed civilians, including two journalists, was published Monday by Wikileaks, a website disclosing leaked official documents. At a press conference on April 5, Wikileaks said that it had acquired the encrypted video of the July 12, 2007 attack from military whistleblowers. A dozen civilians, …

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Belgium first to ban burqa and niqab in public spaces

CAIRO: In a rare show of unity on Wednesday, the Belgian home affairs committee of the federal parliament spoke in a single voice and issued a decision to ban the niqab and burqa in public spaces. The new law states that anyone in public "with their face covered or disguised in whole or in part …

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Rights group demands justice for Bahai victims

CAIRO: One year after the violent attacks on Bahais in Shuraniya, a village in Upper Egypt, the assailants have yet to face a court of law. “We refuse to let it pass,” Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), told Daily News Egypt. “We will submit a further request to …

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Youth discuss taboo topics at EU simulation

CAIRO: It was the first time Marwa talked about sex in public, she said, “especially with boys in the room.” Almost all the students attending the European Union simulation organized by Cairo University last week echoed Marwa’s sentiments. Thirty students gathered in the Egyptian National Research Center over four days to discuss social differences between …

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Belgium first to ban burqa and niqab in public spaces

CAIRO: In a rare show of unity on Wednesday, the Belgian home affairs committee of the federal parliament spoke in a single voice and issued a decision to ban the niqab and burqa in public spaces. The new law states that anyone in public with their face covered or disguised in whole or in part …

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Al-Azhar Sheikh says he will resign NDP post

CAIRO: Newly-appointed Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb announced that he will resign from his membership in the influential NDP policies committee, pending President Mubarak’s approval, less than two weeks after telling the press that there was no contradiction between being Sheikh of Al-Azhar and belonging to the ruling party. However, he pointed out that …

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Carrefour halts shark sales following HEPCA campaign

CAIRO: Carrefour stopped the sale of shark meat due to campaign efforts by the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), Chahinaz El-Hossary, assistant to Carrefour Egypt’s general manager, told Daily News Egypt. “We did not know that it was forbidden, El-Hossary said, referring to the selling of shark meat in the hypermarket. She specified …

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Global economic crisis thwarts achievement of MDGs

CAIRO: The number of workers living on less that $1.25 increased worldwide by around 215 million in 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, a United Nations report said. Last Monday, the UN Information Center in Cairo presented the UN report entitled “Keeping the Promise, which analyzes success stories and obstacles to achieving the …

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US military delegation in Rafah on 'routine visit'

CAIRO: Four US Embassy officials traveled to North Sinai Wednesday on a routine visit, spokesperson of the US Embassy in Cairo Margaret White told Daily News Egypt in an email interview, emphasizing that embassy officials routinely visit the border area to liaise with Egyptian government officials as part of their official duties. Two days earlier, …

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UN humanitarian chief addresses Egypt's role in Gaza blockade

CAIRO: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes last week addressed Egypt’s role in the blockade on Gaza, warning of a humanitarian disaster if Egypt blocked the tunnels that run through its border to the Gaza Strip. If [the] tunnels [between Egypt and Gaza] were blocked, however undesirable they may be, the situation without the tunnels …

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