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Damietta is one of Egypt’s most productive cities, and is considered the “Japan” of Egypt. The city, however, has been affected by the harsh recession that hit the nation’s economy. Prices of raw materials increased, and caused micro and small enterprises to shut down, leaving behind angry artisans and craftsmen. The Daily News Egypt visits Damietta’s high season of furniture sale to investigate how the business has been affected.
Every month, hundreds of immigrants, whether Nigerians, Indonesians or Filipinos, arrive in Cairo seeking employment as cleaners and babysitters. More and more families are hiring foreigners rather than Egyptians as maids despite the higher financial cost. Daily News Egypt explores the burgeoning community of foreign maids in the country and also seeks out the fate of traditional Egyptian housemaids vis-a-vis the new configuration of domestic help within Egypt.
Egypt has a long history of railway accidents. Over the past 20 years more than 1,500 people have lost their lives to train collisions and derailments. The disastrous situation of the railway system continued since the 25 January uprisings with new victims. The Daily News Egypt explores the reasons for the recurring accidents and speaks to top managers from the Egyptian National Railways and workers close to the problems.
A celebration that brings all Egyptians together
The downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s was realised in part thanks to Egypt’s labour movement. Despite this pivotal role, under the new regime, the status of workers has not changed much due because of political and economic forces. The new regime seems to be following Mubarak’s footsteps in handling the workers’ activism through security repression and unfair laws. The labour movement is being challenged daily; however workers are refusing to give up.
In Egypt, the chronic liver disease Hepatitis C is a major concern in medical circles. Specialists are recording an increasing rate of infection in the country, and liver transplants are sometimes the only solution. However, it can be extremely difficult to find liver donors in Egypt.
There are few options for women in Egypt who choose to undergo an abortion. Financial constraints, social stigmas, the issue of morality and “unavailable” over-the-counter medication have forced a vast number of women into backstreet abortions. Daily News Egypt explores how social, cultural and religious ideals restrict a woman’s right to choose what is best for her.
Following sectarian strife that hit Egypt a few weeks ago, a group of young activists initiated the “none of your business” online campaign against division and sectarianism. The campaign is calling for concealing religious affiliation on national identity cards, stirring controversy and debate in different media outlets. Daily News Egypt speaks to the campaign’s organisers, supporters and opposition.
Like every day, she wakes up at the break of dawn. Sending her children off to school, she heads off to her new job in the city of Zagazig, the capital of Sharqeya governorate.
We see them everywhere. They beg, they clean cars, they fight in the street. We see mothers with their babies and babies without their mothers. We see them in wheelchairs, sitting on the ground, leaning on our cars. Begging, touching us. Asking us to help them, for the love of God. We see them sleeping in the street, under a blanket, on a piece of cardboard. Sometimes, we mistake them for a pile of garbage. They are everywhere, all day, all night. We call them street children and most of us have never exchanged a single word with them.
Over the course of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, the illicit outflow of funds from Egypt are estimated at $132bn. After the January 2011 Revolution, countries such as Switzerland and the United Kingdom have been asked to freeze and repatriate Egypt’s stolen wealth. However, many legal, political and financial hindrances stand in the way. Daily News Egypt examines these hurdles and the efforts the Egyptian and foreign governments have exerted in order to recover these lost assets.
Belly dancing is one of the most fascinating styles of dance in Egypt. Cairo is known as the global capital of belly dancing. Following the increasing appearance of foreign belly dancers in Egypt’s nightclubs and casinos, the Daily News Egypt looks at the belly dancing industry in Egypt and learns about the different techniques and styles of belly dancing. Considering the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in Egyptian politics, some are concerned that belly dancing might become more restricted in Egypt. Belly dancers, though, have faith that their profession will continue to grow.
In a deeply polarised media climate, Egyptians must choose between secular or religious satellite TV channels. Religious channels are a widely used source of information for social and personal issues, but have also been accused of broadcasting political agendas, inciting sectarianism, and spreading hate speech. The Daily News Egypt explores the topic of religious TV channels, and speaks to people on both sides of the debate.
A poignant short story, part of the event, describes the reality of many women in Egypt
The anti-sexual harassment initiative’s statistics come from its recently released annual report
Egyptian women experience various forms of discrimination in public and private life. One of the biggest results of discrimination is violence. Although the media condemns violence and raises awareness about its enormity in some outlets, it has been accused of accidently perpetuating violence as well. Daily News Egypt investigates how violence against Egyptian women is covered in both printed and televised media.
Officials claim incidents of violence against students are ‘minor’, while some parents support ‘harmless’ beatings to keep the kids under control
Al-Azhar recently issued a document renouncing violence as an attempt to pacify angry protestors and unify opposition forces under its umbrella. In light of this document, the newly passed constitution, the amendments of Al-Azhar’s regulatory law and the appointment of a new Grand Mufti, the Daily News Egypt investigates the features of Al-Azhar’s role in the politics and public life of post-revolutionary Egypt.
Though it is not the first time a gas or diesel shortage has plagued Cairo and several other governorates, the recent crisis in Egypt has left the capital city paralysed due to a major strike organised by microbus drivers. It seems these strikes by transport drivers are much larger than they have been in the past. Daily News Egypt investigates the mounting diesel fuel problems in the country, looking at how they are affecting ordinary citizens and what the government is doing in response.
Can boycotting the parliamentary elections yield results for the opposition?
The recent history of Egypt’s labour force under Mubarak and SCAF points to an uncertain future if the status quo does not change under Morsi
Public universities in Egypt are institutions with multi-layered corruption from sexual harassment to nepotism. The Daily News Egypt was intrigued by a recent corruption case in Ain Shams University to look into the different forms of corruption directed at students at public universities. Students recount their experiences with corruption and what they think the solutions are.
On the second anniversary of his stepping down, DNE illustrates the journey of the ousted president from the palace to Tora Prison
On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, the Daily News Egypt brings you the traumatic experience of Om Hossam and her daughter.
Two years after the deadly Battle of the Camel, the people behind the attack have yet to be brought to justice
A common practice in Egypt has been to label your opposition as thugs, anti-Islamists or remnants of the former regime. These kabels are applied all too frequently and all too easily, as a means to justify one group’s actions over another. a closer look at the battle that took place on 2 February 2011 shows there were legitimate grounds for concern among the “regime remnants” that attacked the square that day; just as the revolutionaries fought for their lives, so too did their opposition
Main events from the tumultuous days of Janaury and February 2011 that came to define Egypt’s most recent revolution
Alongside the killed an injured, the 25 January revolution also claimed many victims who disappeared
The Ikhwan’s role in the revolution
Prominent and contradictory role played by the armed forces in the 25 January revolution