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Model EU students celebrate fruitful negotiations

CAIRO: After four days of hard work and negotiations, the participants of the International Model of the European Union (IMEU) 2008, got together for one last time celebrating what they described as “truly great experience. The closing ceremony of the conference featured a play about the racism Muslims and Arabs face in the West. The …

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Model European Union kicks off its 7th session

CAIRO: In public universities, where political activism usually evokes fear of arrest, simulation models of international institutions remain one of the few “safe means of student interaction. One of those models is the International Model of the European Union (IMEU), which held its opening ceremony on Wednesday. The model, like most of the simulation models, …

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Can Egypt become self-sufficient in wheat production?

CAIRO: Egypt only produces 50 percent of its wheat consumption. Out of this realization, experts are debating ways to make Egypt self-sufficient when it comes to this strategic commodity. We don t own our food. We don t own our weapons. And a country that doesn t own these things is a country that doesn …

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Copts and women's rights, a religious monitor body top Brotherhood criticism

CAIRO: Political analyst and commentator Amr Choubeki called on the Muslim Brotherhood to revise its stance against women and Copts running for president, clarify its definition of a “civil state, and allow reform within the group’s ranks. In a recent lecture, hosted by the Center for Socialist Studies, Choubeki, who works for Al Ahram Center …

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Idlemind boom bangs young Sakkia crowd

Black was the theme of the night. The audience was mainly between 16 and 21 year- olds. As far as that age group was concerned, Idlemind definitely delivered. Describing themselves as “self-sufficient, the group write their own lyrics and compose their own music. “Everything we sing about is something one of us has experienced, said …

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Hennawi vs. Fishawi: The final chapter?

CAIRO: A court verdict last Thursday granted Hend El Hennawi a divorce from actor Ahmed El Fishawi upon her request, in one of the closing chapters of a case that split public opinion over the past three years. The media debate was triggered when El Hennawi claimed that El Fishawi was the father of her …

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Student report condemns violations at union elections

CAIRO: Following in the foot steps of politically active organizations, public university students decided to form a group to monitor last week’s student union elections and have issued a report documenting their observing. All of the major student groups participated in this joint committee including the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Wafd Party, the Democratic Front Party, …

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Security stays alert after clashes with Cairo University students

CAIRO: State security forces stood on alert at Cairo University Tuesday following Monday clashes with students protesting the debarment of student union candidates. The first signs of the government’s intentions came Tuesday Oct. 16, the first day of classes after Eid Al Fitr vacation. The Student Affairs Office, which handles applications for student union elections, …

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Producers of Youssef Chahine's latest film deny problems with censorship

CAIRO: Tackling the murky waters of police corruption, bold cinema director Youssef Chahine’s latest offering “Heya Fawda (Is it Chaos?) is causing a stir, even before its producers submit it to the censorship authorities. Speculations are already shrouding the movie as to whether it will receive the necessary permit to be shown in Egyptian theaters. …

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Mahalla workers celebrate victory after weeklong strike

CAIRO: In a meeting held at the Center for Socialist Studies, workers from Al Mahalla’s Misr Spinning and Weaving Company celebrated their victory, while keeping a cautious eye on the future of the workers’ movement. The meeting also aimed to bring together the leaders of the Mahalla strike with workers from other public sector companies. …

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Frustration, infighting mars the retreating Al Ghad party

CAIRO: With its leader Ayman Nour still behind bars, Al Ghad party struggles in a turbulent political climate. Its headquarters, once pulsating with hopeful energy, now sits idle. Diaa Rashwan, political analyst at Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies lays the blame for this stagnation on the party itself. Al Ghad party didn’t …

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Ramadan's dark hours light up the local cultural scene

Gone are the days when the only form of entertainment after iftar is to park yourself in front of the TV set. This year, the choices are profuse. Ramadan is the high season to explore the city’s music scene with its jam-packed evening schedule. More than 150 art shows and 110 performances are held in …

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Security cracks down on Kefaya protest in support of convicted editors

CAIRO: Around 400 people took to the streets to support the editors in chief of four independent newspapers who were handed jail terms for insulting President Mubarak and other National Democratic Party (NDP) members. Responding to a call by the Kefaya Movement for Change, protestors representing a wide range of political parties and currents including …

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Al Ghad holds conference in support of convicted newspaper editors

CAIRO: Under the title “No to imprisoning journalists, Al Ghad party organized a conference Monday to show solidarity with the four newspaper editors charged with insulting President Hosni Mubarak, his son and the ruling party. According to convicted editor Abd Al-Halim Kandil, they were also charged with insulting the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister. …

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Ramadan spells rising food prices for Egyptians

CAIRO: This year families had to face the top financially draining seasons at the same time: Ramadan and the start of the school year. Families striving to get the food and school supplies on time also have to face the price hikes. And this year, just before Ramadan prices have reportedly skyrocketed marking an increased …

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Voting in Cairo: what's in a little name mix-up?

CAIRO: I was boycotting the referendum. It was, in my opinion, the best way to send the message that I am against the proposed constitutional amendments. It was also the best means to articulate that I did not want to grant recognition to the voting process in its entirety. But at the same time, I …

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Censorship is a lost cause, says Egyptian blogger

CAIRO: The Center of Socialist Studies held a lecture Sunday entitled Bloggers are also in Jails to discuss freedom of expression in the wake of 21-year old blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman Amer s four-year prison sentence. The lecture hosted three speakers: Ahmed Seif El Islam, lawyer in Hesham Mubarak Center for Human Rights, blogger Nawara …

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Power struggle over Al Ghad's top position hinges on 'majority'

CAIRO: The interpretation of the word majority promises to solve a dispute over who will be the next president of Al Ghad opposition party. During the party’s elections earlier this month, lawyer Ehab El Khouly was celebrated as the winner, securing 218 votes, 16 votes more than his closest contender Engineer Wael Nawara who got …

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Ehab El Khouly wins Al Ghad party's presidency

CAIRO: Lawyer Ehab El Khouly was elected the new leader of Al Ghad opposition party in a close race against engineer Wael Nawara last week. A dozen anti-riot police armored vehicles filled the streets around the party’s headquarters in Downtown Cairo. Higher ranking police officers also peppered the area. Members from all over Egypt flocked …

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Al Ghad party to choose a new leader

CAIRO: A flurry of activity has infused Al Ghad opposition party recently to prepare for a March 2 general assembly meeting and elections for a new President. The party s upcoming presidential elections come one year after the leadership of former ambassador Nagui El Ghatrifi whose presidential term started on Dec. 30, 2006 and ended …

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Some Copts say Sharia should not be main source of legislation

CAIRO: The Center of Humanitarian Dialogue held a joint lecture Sunday with the Egyptian Association for Enlightenment to discuss the Coptic vision of constitutional amendments. There s pessimism about the future of political life in Egypt in general, political and rights activist and executive general of the Middle East Forum in Washington Magdy Khalil, said. …

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Press round-up: Straw's anti-niqab remarks spark debate

Cholera threat assessed in local press; judges hold first meeting after passing of new law Taking the spotlight in this week’s news is a debate over the niqab initiated by Jack Straw, the British minister of foreign affairs, who criticized wearing the garment. The niqab is the full veil, which covers the face, leaving only …

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Eisa appeals ruling, trial postponed in free speech case

CAIRO: In yet another twist in the recent libel suit against Ibrahim Eisa, editor of El-Destour newspaper, the first court session of his appeal was held yesterday, with a number of supporters in attendance, although the newspaper editor himself was not present. On June 26, 2006, Eisa and two others were sentenced to one year …

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Human rights council looks at proposed amendments

El-Wasat warns against adopting NDP recommendations; El-Gabry’s statements on the Quran criticized The National Council on Human Rights tackles several issues and engages in a few disagreements in its ongoing discussions about the recommendations on constitutional reform, independent paper Al-Masry Al-Youm reports. The council is preparing a report to be sent to President Mubarak. The …

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Psychologist claims to have "cure" for homosexuality

While countries around the world legislate homosexual rights, doctor proposes treatment CAIRO: At a time when the entire world, one country after another, is legislating laws that give more rights to homosexuals, homosexuality in Egypt is still viewed by many as a disease. Dr. Awsam Wasfy, a psychologist, gave a lecture at the Center of …

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NDP conference and new moon sighting top news of the week

Ramadan TV programming and escalating food prices receive attention CAIRO: The fourth annual conference of the National Democratic Party was assessed this week by national and independent newspapers. On its front page, Al Ahram national newspaper printed quotes and promises by President Hosni Mubarak made in his closing speech. The president asserted that under his …

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The differences between the Arabic and Egyptian languages

CAIRO: Learning Arabic is not the easiest task, and although it will allow you to be able to read newspapers and novels, you will probably need to learn spoken Egyptian or Ammeya to be able to speak to people on a daily basis. In a lecture held at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, under the …

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Democratic Front Party launches activities

Party asks all political persuasions to contribute to a new constitution for Egypt CAIRO: The Democratic Front party, which is still under construction, held its first public meeting under the slogan of: A new constitution; no to amending the constitution. The party is being established by a former member of the policies committee in the …

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Mahdi Akef accused of incitement to murder

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue files lawsuit against Muslim Brotherhood leader CAIRO: The Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, an Egyptian human rights group, has filed a lawsuit against the Muslim Brotherhood s Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef for incitement to murder. In a public conference that was held at the lawyers syndicate, Akef commented on what he called …

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Press round-up: Pope's comments on Islam makes headlines around the world

School starts without a tour by the minister of education CAIRO: Independent and national newspapers focused heavily on Pope Benedict s comments on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed and the consequences of such comments. In a visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by a 14th century …

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