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Cultural centers under pressure during upheavals

At an event at the Goethe Institute early in June, a dance performance was disrupted by a passerby angered by what he considered to be an inappropriate display between the male and female dancers. A witness described how the event came to a halt when several members of the audience were forced to try to …

Maryam Ishani

Constitutional declaration

If the People’s Assembly is dissolved, the president swears the oath in front of the General Assembly of the Supreme Constitutional Court. SCAF is the body responsible for all decisions related to the armed. The council’s head holds all powers held by the General Commander of the Armed Forces and the Defence Minister. The president …

Ahmed Aboulenein

Decree expands SCAF authority and curbs president’s remit over defence

The country’s ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) has issued a ‘complimentary constitutional declaration’ late on Sunday, only hours after initial results of the runoff round of presidential elections started coming in. The declaration outlines the powers of the next president and sets up how the anticipated new constitution is to be drafted and …

Ahmed Aboulenein

In advance of handover of power military delineates scope of influence

  Late on Monday evening the Supreme Council of Armed Forces delivered three statements containing decrees that delineate the scope of their authority following the handover of power to the President. At the time of printing they had not yet been published in the official state papers. Chief among the new articles is the creation …

Maryam Ishani

Ahmed Ezzat Al-Masry al-Youm

Elections of disappointment

As the second round of Egypt’s first presidential elections after the 25 January 2011 revolution draw to a close on Sunday, Columnists and opinion writers of various Egyptian newspapers attempt to analyze the political situation with only a few hours before the newly elected president is announced. Egypt continued with its presidential elections in the absence of parliament …

DNE

Daily News Egypt: Final words

Last Thursday the editorial staff of Daily News Egypt was informed, quite abruptly, that our last issue was going to be the one which was published Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 2012. After seven years of providing hard breaking news and analysis on Egypt, and being the only independent English-language printed daily in the country, we regret …

Daily News Egypt

Arab divisions drain impetus for action on Syria

CAIRO: Arab states remain widely divided over how to deal with Syria’s crackdown on protesters after a peace plan brokered by its neighbors failed to stem violence, and there is little likelihood a meeting this week will bridge the gap. Several countries oppose bringing serious pressure to bear on President Bashar Al-Assad and it looks …

Yasmine Saleh

1,000 Christians and 1,000 Muslims

By Arthur Smith KELLER, Texas: On 18 September 2011, Northwood Church in Keller, Texas hosted an event where 1,000 Christians and 1,000 Muslims came together to embark on societal change. “The only hope we have to tone down our fear of Muslims and the only thing Jesus commands us to do is love — it’s done …

DNE

US Senator McCain in Egypt after Libya visit

  CAIRO: Senior US Senator John McCain met Egypt’s military chief and foreign minister on Saturday, a day after a trip to the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Egyptian television reported. It said McCain, a Republican who lost his 2008 presidential bid to Barack Obama, met Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council …

DNE

Buttered Up: A matter of taste

  * A delicious Mediterranean panino is an easy treat to make. Photo Credit: Sarah Khanna # How did you see yourself at the age of 11? I, for one, thought I wouldn’t get married until the age of 30 due to being the high and mighty career woman I was to be. I never …

DNE

70s look largely mirrors modern tastes and times

A new 1970s-style fashion muse, who means business during the day but can disco the night away, dominated the recent runway trends in the world’s fashion capitals. Gone from the spring 2011 collections previewed in New York, London, Paris and Milan, Italy, was the aggressive, tough woman designers had sent out to do battle with …

AP

Ramsis Hilton to get a facelift

Tarek Moharram, managing director of the Arab International Company for Hotels and Tourism, which owns the Ramsis Hilton Hotel, signed on Sunday a renovation contract with Mohamed El-Taher Frahan of EHAF Consulting Engineers. The renovation project will cost an estimated $52 million and is set to start in January 2011, to be completed over three …

DNE

Egypt commercial property demand unmet, says SODIC

CAIRO: A growing middle-class of affluent Egyptians are pushing demand for more commercial and retail space, but the sector is still an untapped market for property developers, a SODIC executive said on Wednesday. SODIC, which mostly builds for the high end of the real estate market, has been steering away from middle income housing units, …

Daily News Egypt

Sports Talk: Not a second to lose

In the same week that a blatant handball helped Esperance of Tunisia knock Egypt’s Ahly out of the African Champions League, the inventor of Hawk-Eye has claimed he has goal-line technology that can make a goal-scoring decision within half a second. That’s half a second less than what the International Football Board (IFAB) had initially …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

As the saying goes: Gems of wisdom from Azza Fahmy

“Do good and throw it to the sea,” says an Egyptian proverb; meaning do good without waiting for any immediate rewards. In Egypt, we have proverbs for every occasion — both good and bad — phrased in classical Arabic and colloquial for a touch of humor and sass, as if spoken by feisty Egyptian housewives. …

Heba Elkayal

Japanese fashion icons on display in London

Rarely seen outfits by some of Japan’s most influential designers, from Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto to the fashion labels dressing Tokyo’s coolest kids, go on display at a new exhibition Friday. "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion" at the Barbican looks at the design culture which took Paris by storm in 1981 and …

AFP

Hamas leader: Arafat urged attacks on Israel

RAMALLAH: It has been 10 years since Palestinians began an uprising that swept away peace talks, triggered a ferocious reaction by the Jewish state and left thousands dead on both sides. Exactly why it happened just as Palestinian statehood seemed attainable is a mystery, fed by conspiracy theories and competing narratives from across the political …

Daily News Egypt

Milan Fashion Week, through thick and thin

Milan Fashion Week kicked off Wednesday with a study in contrasts, from Briton John Richmond’s sassy 1960s throwbacks to Gucci’s austere classics and Elena Miro’s full-figured goodness. Richmond set the tone with the Beatles 1967 hit "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" as he sent his models down the catwalk in hip-hugging pin-striped bell bottoms, …

AFP

Cairo Guide to Nightlife in Heliopolis

He who says that there is no nightlife in Heliopolis obviously hasn’t hung out with the Cairo 360 crew. Sure, Heliopolis isn’t the epicenter of posh clubs, but it does have its fair share of affordable watering holes and shisha lounges with great food. If you’d like to know about the hippest place to watch …

Daily News Egypt

Ahram editor defends doctored photo of Mubarak

CAIRO: State-run daily Al-Ahram defended in an editorial Friday publishing a doctored photo of the Mideast peace talks, which put President Hosni Mubarak in the front, saying it was “illustrative.” Last Tuesday, ahead of the second round the peace talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, the paper published doctored photo from the Washington talks earlier in the …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Italian culture minister slams ‘elitist’ Tarantino

Italy’s Culture Minister Sandro Bondi denounced Quentin Tarantino as "elitist" after the "Pulp Fiction" director headed a jury that honored ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola with the top prize at the Venice film festival. "Tarantino is an expression of an elitist, relativistic and snobbish culture," Bondi said in an interview to be published in Italian weekly Panorama …

AFP

Are kids old enough to be playing adult games?

They sail solo around the world, climb the highest mountains and race around ovals at breakneck speeds. They’re kids, some not old enough to get into an R-rated movie on their own. On Sunday, a 13-year-old became the youngest person to die at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he fell off his motorcycle and was …

Daily News Egypt

Russia says missing pilot held by Sudanese militia

MOSCOW: A Russian helicopter pilot who disappeared in Darfur while working for the United Nations was being held by a militia loyal to the Sudanese government, a Russian official was quoted Thursday as saying. The pilot was transporting rebel commanders for peace talks with the government when his helicopter landed in the wrong place Monday …

AP

Go on a trip with Gowalla app or check in for fun

Combine Facebook, Twitter, geocaching and a Lonely Planet guidebook, and what do you get? Gowalla. This location-based, social networking tool is part game, part travel companion. Download the free app to your phone or iPad, register for an account and then "check in" at various spots around the globe. But that’s the basic, 10-second description …

AP

Aussie brand Oscar the Third debuts in Cairo

If you follow fashion, you would know Australia is where it’s really happening now. Australian Fashion Week took place last week (their seasons are inverted to ours and so are their fashion seasons and the presentation of collections) and it has generated buzz once again in Europe and the US. Australia is setting trends. The …

Heba Elkayal