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Press round-up: Constitutional amendments widely debated

Brotherhood suggests amendments; NDP puts sports on agenda; yamish market depressed CAIRO: News of the upcoming announcement of the ruling National Democratic Party s vision on constitutional amendments is being widely covered by independent newspapers. The ruling party s annual conference is due to be held on September 19, 2006. Under the title of The …

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Event takes place in support of free speech at the press syndicate

CAIRO: The Shayfenkom (we see you) movement and the Freedoms Committee in the press syndicate held a musical event at the press syndicate to support Ibrahim Eissa and Wael El-Ebrashy, two journalists being tried for articles they published. We take these trials as a cause for celebration, congratulating one another since we re being tried …

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Press Round-up

Opposition slams transportation minister in wake of train crashes CAIRO: News of train crashes dominated this week s national, independent and opposition newspapers. Demands for the transportation minister s resignation rang throughout independent and opposition newspapers, with opposition papers insisting that the minister be held responsible for the accidents. As the independent Al-Masry Al-Youm reported …

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Technical committee announces findings on Qalyoub train accident

CAIRO: The technical committee formed by the Ministry of Transportation to write a technical report on the deadly train accident that took place in Qalyoub on Aug. 21 announced its findings yesterday. The committee released a statement asserting that it consisted of experts and professors not affiliated with the railway body in anyway. Dr. Booles …

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Band capitalizes on diversity

Salalem’s musical choice eclectic but promising Although the band is still quite new, Salalem is already demonstrating a lot of potential. Refusing to stick to one type of music, they’ve made diversity their trademark. Each of the band’s songs stands on its own. Their music is a mixture of rock, Latin, jazz, Oriental, alternative and …

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Opposition group Kefaya campaigning to abolish Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty

CAIRO: The Kefaya (enough) movement, which has held demonstrations over the past two years under the slogan: No for renewal [of President Mubarak s rule] and no for succession [of power to his son, Gamal Mubarak] has decided, following recent events, to campaign against the Camp David peace treaty. Under the title of Together for …

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El-Gamaa El-Islamiyya denounces assassination attempt

Group recognizes the important place Mahfouz held in the literary world CAIRO: El-Gamaa El-Islamiyya (The Islamic Group), the same group that attempted to assassinate Naguib Mahfouz, has issued a statement regarding his death and the assassination attempt in the 1990s. In a memorial statement, the group termed Mahfouz the only thinker who had demanded the …

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Helping through song

Band’s message: Hold on to Arab identity CAIRO: Different groups choose different ways to express their solidarity with Lebanon. While some choose protesting in the streets, others choose to express themselves by organizing cultural events. The Li-Beirut (for Beirut) campaign organized a cultural event with the aim of providing aid to Lebanon on Wednesday. First …

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Iraqis turn to technology for freedom of speech

Bloggers provide a different take on events within Iraq CAIRO: Mohammed, an Iraqi blogger, came to Egypt to participate in a seminar and talk about his blog and his success in voicing his opinions through it. Full of hope, he talked on and on about freedom and development in his country. Naming his blog Iraq …

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Washington, D.C. based Cato Institute starts a new program in the region

CAIRO: The Cato Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. and founded in 1977, has started a new program in the Middle East, Misbah Al-Hurriyya (The Lamp of Liberty). The institute promotes libertarianism, advocating individual liberty, limited government, free market and the rule of law. It also seeks to broaden the …

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Egyptians continue to take to the streets in support of Lebanon

CAIRO: El-Tagammu, an Egyptian leftist party, organized a protest in support of Lebanon Wednesday in Talaat Harb Square in downtown Cairo. The protest was relatively short, compared with other demonstrations. It lasted for half an hour, ending peacefully when the protestors left to return to the close by party headquarters. The crowd was shouting chants …

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New party touts Egyptian nationalism

The Egyptian Liberal Party presents platform based on Egyptian national heritages CAIRO: After the rejection of Masr El-Om (Mother Egypt) Party, the founders are establishing a new party: the Liberal Egyptian Party (LEP). Many of the party founders are the same as those who were behind Masr El-Om Party, which was not approved by authorities. …

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Group accuses Israel of war crimes

Jurists organizing ‘popular’ court to publicize accusations A group of attorneys and jurists have decided to form a joint committee to publicize a list of accusations against what they have described as the Israeli war crimes of committing massacres against the peoples of Lebanon and Palestine. The discussion group was organized by the Egyptian Organization …

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Police officer found guilty of abusing three judges

Human rights center says further investigation needed to uncover other violations The Sawasya Center for Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination issued a statement earlier this week announcing that a court ruling fined a police officer for abusing three judges in last year s parliamentary elections. Edko District Court fined police officer Mohammed Roshdy from El-Beheira security …

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A coalition to fight corruption

Transparency International launches activities in Egypt CAIRO: Transparency International (TI), the global coalition against corruption, held a seminar in Cairo to launch their activities in Egypt and to promote an adapted edition of The Source Book on corruption-related issues. The seminar was organized with the Center for Egyptian Women s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) and was …

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Conference discusses African Court on Human Rights

Well-established human rights and judicial groups confer on the challenges ahead CAIRO: An international conference was held in Cairo to discuss the African Court on Human Rights, taking its establishment and the challenges it faces as the main points of discussion. The organizers were the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal …

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Legislating the Brotherhood out of existence

Group claims that recent government legislation is directed at obliterating them CAIRO: After winning 88 seats in the 2005 parliamentary elections, the Muslim Brotherhood has become the single largest opposition bloc in parliament. Despite their recent success however, the Muslim Brotherhood hasn’t been allowed to become a licensed political party. Instead, they currently operate as …

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Navigating the transportation maze

Gas prices prompt people to consider other means of traveling around Cairo CAIRO: Whichever way you choose to travel through the city, taking transportation in Cairo is an adventure shared with a lot of strangers. Most people make their transportation choices based on calculating price, difficulty, time, and the final destination. With the hike in …

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Reopening the debate on Camp David

Recent aggression reexamines Egypt s normalization with Israel CAIRO: The Camp David Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty has had its supporters and denouncers among Egyptian politicians of late, but the debate has been reignited since Israel launched a massive air, land and sea assault on Lebanon following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah on July …

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NDP publishes its point of view

Al-Watani Al-Youm joins the ranks of partisan newspapers The ruling National Democratic Party has established a new weekly newspaper called Al-Watani Al-Youm. The newspaper means The National Today and appeared on newsstands earlier this month for the first time. It was necessary that a new newspaper would be established to express the evolution of the …

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Forging a Middle East liberal democracy network

CAIRO: Liberal International, the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties, held a conference in Cairo aimed at launching the Middle East Liberal Democracy Network. It was founded in 1947 as a gathering of liberal parties from around the world, creating a network to promote and strengthen liberalism worldwide. Members of the organization …

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Increased public concern over parliamentary performance reflected in opposition to recent laws

CAIRO: In a discussion held at the press syndicate, parliamentarians assessed the parliament s performance in its first session. The discussion was organized by the freedoms committee in the syndicate, which invited parliamentary representatives from different backgrounds. The speakers assessed the first session, which started on December 2005 and ended on July 2006. The ruling …

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Finding new ways to promote investment

Egypt hosting the annual regional conference of WAIPA CAIRO: Egypt, an elected member of the executive committee of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the current regional chair of the African group, and re-elected for its second term, was unanimously voted by the members of the executive committee to organize the 2006 …

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Future of the El-Ghad party in question

CAIRO: Despite its young age in comparison to other, more established parties, the liberal El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party, founded by the 42-year-old Ayman Nour in October 2004, was one of the key players in the political movement that Egypt witnessed in the last couple of years. The party had its ups and downs and now faces …

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