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Egypt believes troops alone will not stem Somalia violence

CAIRO: As African leaders consider the likelihood of sending peacekeeping forces to Somalia, analysts believe that additional forces must go hand in hand with a diplomatic solution. “African Union (AU) troops entering Somalia without the acceptance of the Somali people or without a political settlement being introduced, will lead to the continuation of the violence, …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Beirut curfew lifted day after clashes

BEIRUT: Beirut warily returned to normal Friday after an overnight curfew – the first in a decade – prompted by street fighting between government and opposition supporters that left four dead and 152 hurt. Shops and offices reopened after the curfew was lifted at 6 am, but schools and universities remained shut on government orders, …

AFP

Your definitive shopping guide at the Cairo International Book Fair

CAIRO: For the past 39 years, January in Cairo has always meant the following: nice weather; the mid-year vacation for students; and the Cairo International Book Fair. The 39th round of the second largest book fair in the world (the Frankfurt fair still reigns supreme) opened last Wednesday and will end on Feb. 2. The …

Joseph Fahim

Several Palestinians killed in factional fighting

GAZA CITY: Tensions rose in the Gaza Strip on Friday after renewed clashes between the ruling Hamas movement and president Mahmud Abbas s Fatah party left five people dead in less than 24 hours. A Fatah loyalist, a Hamas member and a teenager were killed in the volatile coastal strip on Friday, while another two …

Daily News Egypt

Goaaaaaaaal! Drogba shoots for UN development goals

NEW YORK: Côte d’Ivoire soccer star Didier Drogba, currently top scorer in the English Premiership and the European Champions League, has become the latest football great to shoot for the United Nations, where he will seek to score a different kind of goal in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UN Development Program …

Agencies

Enppi Follow in Zamalek's Dirty Footsteps

The announcement made by Enppi club that they promoted Hani Ramzi to replace head coach Rainer Zobel and demoting the German manager to take on a peripheral role only proves the club has taken a wrong path. In order for any system to run properly, there must be regulations; but in Egyptian football anything is …

filgoal.com

Experts warn of "chaos" and "violence" in 2007

CAIRO: Newspaper editor Ibrahim Eissa, Judge Hisham Bastawisi and politician Osama Ghazali Harb made dire predictions for the year 2007 at the Ibn Khaldun Center’s annual New Year’s event on Tuesday night. Speaking to a crowded room of liberal Egyptian civil society leaders, politicians and foreign diplomats, the panel warned of a year full of …


SPORTS TALK: Past and present

The recent news that the world s most celebrated boy king, Tutankhamen, used to play football only adds to the long list of evidence that our old, old forefathers not only invented soccer but had a ball conceiving many other sports. That the ancient Egyptians were first in sports is well-documented. Because the Pharaohs were …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Ostrich meat: why bury your head in the sand?

Generally resistant to change, most Egyptians won’t substitute their beef and poultry for this healthier alternative: ostrich meat. But for those who enjoy this delicacy, there may be a chance they could order it from the menu of some restaurants – if they still offer it, that is. Having lived abroad for the past few …

Ahmed Maged

For a casual dinner, fork up the fondue fun

Fashion is notorious for its retro looks, and now epicureans are following their lead as fondue makes a comeback. Whereas a year ago, one had to search high and low for a fondue pot, today the city’s more selective retailers are stocking the latest must-have kitchen accessory right, left and center. Fondue – from the …

Aida Nassar

Putting chic back on the Nile

Stepping onto the Blue Nile boat in Zamalek, you notice the diverse selection of restaurants, from the Applebee’s to the Far Eastern cuisine of Asia Bar, which strategically overlooks the magnificent waters of the Nile. One restaurant in particular located on the upper deck is Il Ritrovo Piano Bar, a new, sophisticated bar and dining …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptians increasingly shunning condom use

With stealth and caution, Hisham walked into a downtown pharmacy and, blushingly, whispered some words, which the pharmacist did not make out immediately. The key word in Hisham’s hushed speech was “condom . Yes, Hisham came to the pharmacy in search of a condom and because he requested it red-faced, the pharmacist, who happened to …

Ahmed Maged

Why the United States should dialogue with the Middle East: An Interview with US Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)

United States Representative Wayne Gilchrest is a Republican Congressman serving the State of Maryland’s 1st District. Recently, Michael Shank, Policy Director for the 3D Security Initiative in Washington DC, interviewed US Congressman Gilchrest for THE DAILY STAR EGYPT. Shank: Is the United States maximizing its diplomatic capacity in the Middle East? My perspective is that …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's ITSoft will export software and information technologies to the American Herland Financial Solutions company

CAIRO: ITSoft, an Egyptian computer programming company, signed an agreement Monday Jan. 22 with Phoenix Systems Herland Financial Solutions, an American company, to provide them with software and information systems. The event took place at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (IT) in Smart Village in the presence of the Minister of Communication and …

Yasmine Saleh

An artist on an intercultural mission

Mohamed Abla draws international artists to his Fayoum art center A 4-wheel drive would help maneuver the unpaved narrow lanes to Fayoum’s International Art Center tucked away in the hillside village of Tunis on Lake Qaroun. It is as unlikely a place as any to attract artists from the region, Europe and as far away …

Aida Nassar

Egypt's philosopher prince unveils his new collection

Stars and media pack into Farouk Hosni’s latest gallery showing Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni unleashed his latest collection of abstract paintings to a celebrity-jammed crowd at the Zamalek Art Gallery earlier this week. Accompanied by a throng of television reporters and eager journalists, luminaries such as Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Youssra and the elegant Libleba …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt says new seven wonders of the world competition 'demeans' the pyramids

CAIRO: Egypt is fuming over a competition to choose the world s new seven wonders, deriding it as a marketing stunt that demeans the pyramids of Giza, the only surviving ancient wonder. They are the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that still exists, it s ridiculous, they don t need …

AFP

Welcome to the suburbia nightmare

CIC starts Egypt s first film marathon The basic concept behind the term Suburbia dates back to ancient Rome and Athens where governors and other members of the wealthy elite had lavish homes built for them in areas separated from the general public. The real boom of the Suburbia concept as we know it burst …

Joseph Fahim

Meet the authors

Now’s your chance to meet some of your favorite Egyptian authors. The American University in Cairo Press is hosting a number of book signing sessions at their Naguib Mahfouz Pavilion at the Cairo International Book Fair. Friday, January 26 Yusuf Abu Rayya: This author was awarded last year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature by the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Central bank to introduce deposit auctions

Cairo: The central bank will start auctioning deposits, but the instruments will not be tradable on secondary markets, traders said on Wednesday. The central bank said in a statement that it was adding the deposits to existing financial instruments in a move aimed at diversifying instruments used to absorb market liquidity. The CBE intends to …

Reuters

The Lebanese might repeat the past

I spent two days in Beirut in late 2002. And the tension I sensed simmering between people there even during this short stay has come to my recollection in light of recent events. One could not escape the fear that as soon as the last generation that experienced the civil war was replaced by a …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Government allocates LE 1.2 bln for construction of roads, bridges

Cairo: The Egyptian Ministry of Transport has allocated about LE 1.2 billion of funds to construct new roads and bridges in 2007. Tarek Al-Attar, chairman of the General Authority for Roads and Bridges, said the authority has allocated LE 586 million of the government funds to construct 735 kilometers of roads and eleven bridges that …

Noozz

Religion and politics, an odd couple?

When the end of ideology was celebrated first in the 1950s and then, more emphatically still, in the 1990s no one foresaw that religion, the bane of politics in the first half of the 20th century, would return to that role with a vengeance. Daniel Bell and Raymond Aron wrote about the end of fascist …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt launches major gold mining drive

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday aimed at restructuring the gold mining sector, which officials predicted could bring in more than 10 billion dollars and reshape the country s economy. The MoU was signed by Oil Minister Sameh Fahmy and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the …

Daily News Egypt

We'll soon see if it's Mission Impossible for Petraeus

For a nation bitterly divided over Iraq, the one point of agreement seems to be that Lt. Gen. David Petraeus is the right commander for American forces in Baghdad. That gives Petraeus a surge of the most important strategic asset in this war- which is time. But it also locks him into an awkward role …

David Ignatius