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Shell Egypt announces four Western Desert discoveries

CAIRO: Shell Egypt announced on Wednesday four discoveries of oil and natural gas in the company’s concessions in the Western Desert over 2006, boosting the company’s oil and gas reserves in Egypt. Zainul Rahim, Chairman of Shell Companies in Egypt, said in a statement Wednesday that Shell Egypt made the first discovery in the Abu …

Noozz

Media watchdog cites dangerous year for journalists in annual report

CAIRO: The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) voiced grave concerns over the high numbers of journalists killed and violated last year in its annual report presented at a press conference at Cairo s Journalists Syndicate Monday. The report, titled ‘Attacks on the Press, documents killings and gross violations of journalists worldwide. “Targeted assassinations …

Alexandra Sandels

Iraqis face "humanitarian disaster" says UN

AMMAN: The plight of four million Iraqis forced to flee their homes by escalating violence has become a humanitarian disaster , the head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the international community had to do much more to help ease the plight …

Daily News Egypt

Iraqi refugees in Egypt 'up to 80,000,' says UN official

UNITED NATIONS: Citing grim daily indicators – 100 people killed, hundreds wounded and thousands displaced – an official with the United Nations refugee agency predicted that Iraq’s humanitarian crisis will last for years, with ramifications extending beyond the country’s borders. “We’ve got a vulnerable population which is being made even more vulnerable by the failing …

Daily News Egypt

YOUTH VIEWS: Bridge over the Internet

Relations between the Middle East and the United States are undeniably strained. Evidence of this comes to us every day through the news, movies and entertainment television, and in academic writings. What, though, is driving this hostility and what can be done to end it? A survey conducted by Zogby International examining how Arabs view …

Daily News Egypt

A powerful Lebanese aphrodisiac, and a potential poison

Toufic Farroukh s latest album, Tootya, serves up unusual musical delicacies BEIRUT: Jazz saxophonist Toufic Farroukh s latest effort is called Tootya, and to those in the know, his album title will surely elicit a smile. Tootya, or sea urchin, refers to the Lebanese seafood delicacy that is fished out from between the crevices of …

Daily News Egypt

The emancipation of "Mr Black Testicles"

In the packed Howard Theater of the American University in Cairo, the lights are suddenly turned off after a peculiar interlude of songs that sound strangely familiar. For about three or four minutes, a voice-over of an aspiring author called Bobby Brown bursts out of the darkness in a pensive monologue about an idea for …

Joseph Fahim

Etisalt Egypt plans to attract 10 million subscribers by 2010

CAIRO: The third local mobile phone operator Etisalat Egypt plans to attract as much as 10 million subscribers in the Egyptian mobile phone services market by 2010, according to the company Chief Executive Officer Saleh El-Abdooli. In his statements on the fringes on the Cairo ICT conference Tuesday, El Abdooli pointed out that Etisalat Egypt …

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Telecoms dominate Cairo ICT 2007 trade show

Egypt pushes back network launch date one month says Emirates Telecommunications Company CAIRO: Etisalat Egypt, the country s new third mobile network operator, has pushed back its operation launch date to the end of March, Mohamed Omran, Emirates Telecommunications Company (ETC) CEO said at Cairo ICT. The conference wrapped up its four day schedule Tuesday. …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Israel trying to distract from spy story, says MP

CAIRO: Member of parliament Saad El-Gamal has rejected Israel s claim that the arrest of an alleged Egyptian spy was merely an attempt to divert attention from domestic problems. El-Gamal, head of the Arab Affairs Committee at the Peoples Assembly, was referring to the recent case of Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Essam Ghoneim El-Attar, who was charged …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Photographers protest Sorour's People's Assembly restrictions

CAIRO: Egyptian photographers demonstrated Saturday in front of the Journalists Syndicate to protest a decree restricting their presence in parliament to five minutes at the beginning of each session. Parliament Speaker Fathi Sorour asked photographers to the leave the assembly hall when an unflattering snapshot of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif eating watermelon seeds appeared in …

Magdy Samaan

The US should pay Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan

There is a refugee crisis in the Middle East that is unprecedented and far supersedes the Palestinian Diaspora of 1948. Millions of Iraqis – some educated and as well off as one would expect of a peoples fleeing genocide, others impoverished and forced to live off the kindness of strangers – have streamed across their …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Manufacturers launch attacks on import tariff cuts

CAIRO: Leaders of Egyptian industrial chambers have expressed strong reservations with the government’s recent decision to curb tariffs by 25 percent on imports of certain manufactured goods, including home appliances, processed food, plastics and medical products. Hamada El-Kalyoubi, chairman of the Textiles Committee at the Egyptian Federation of Industries, attacked the government initiative saying that …

Noozz

Middle Eastern freedom lags as the US turns away

CAIRO: The state of freedom overall in the Middle East declined in 2006 from the previous year, according to the findings of “Freedom in the World, the long-running annual survey released recently by Freedom House The decline is significant in part because the previous year had shown progress in a number of key Arab nations, …

Daily News Egypt

At best, the US is able to contain the Iraq mess

Somehow, four years on, the debate about Iraq is still animated by wishful thinking. The White House talks as if a surge of 20,000 troops is going to stop a civil war. Democrats argue that when America withdraws its troops, Iraqis will finally take responsibility for their own security. But we all need to face …

David Ignatius

Five million infected with hepatitis C

5 million infected with Hepatitis C CAIRO: At least five million people in Egypt are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new committee formed by the country’s government to tackle the disease has said. It added that action must be taken now to combat rising mortality. “The annual infection rate is more than …

Daily News Egypt

Article 2 of constitution triggers heated debate in parliament

CAIRO: A war of words broke out between MP Mostafa El Fiqi, head of the foreign affairs committee at a lecture, and Refaat Fikry, Patriarch of the Anglican Church in Shubra, over Article 2 of the constitution. The contested Article says the Sharia is the main source of legislation. El Fiqi did not believe that …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Three local outlets take home coveted international award

CAIRO: Winning the race against Dubai and Saudi Arabia, Egypt raked in the much-coveted New Millennium Award. The annual Award, given to the top 105 restaurants, hotels, or caterers, went to Sakkara Country Club & Resort, The Concorde El Salam Hotel, and the First Mall s La Gourmandise restaurant. Ibrahim Sami, owner and general manager …

Deena Douara

Bloody it is, but a real diamond as well

Every now and again a movie with a message comes along hoping to make a difference in the world. Or, it aims to rake in an Oscar or two through its lofty presence. We will never know a filmmaker’s true motivations and perhaps it matters little because the two are not mutually exclusive. These are …

Deena Douara

Why the West should work harder in Central Asia

Saparmurat Niyazov Turkmenbashi the Great, dictator of Turkmenistan, recently died. The political class of this remote Central Asian republic rallied round his look-alike successor. Long Live Turkmenbashi! At first glance, there seems little for the outside world to cheer in the trajectory of politics of Turkmenistan, or for that matter the other Central Asian “stans …

Daily News Egypt

One year on, Hamas is pursuing paradoxical policies

Despite the surprise that greeted Hamas’ election victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections last year, the Islamic Resistance Movement did not come from nowhere. Hamas first emerged as a real player on the Palestinian social and economic scene during the first intifada that started in 1989. Even then it came from the ranks of the long-established …

Daily News Egypt

Measuring the importance of being Arab

The one photograph that hangs in my office is that of the late Lebanese writer Samir Kassir. He was assassinated in June 2005, but his ideas are more relevant than ever as Lebanon, Palestine and the entire Arab world that defined his life, embrace greater tension and violence practiced simultaneously by the state, opposition groups …

Rami G. Khouri

How to form an Islamic Democracy

Before we explore the relationship between Islam and democracy, it is important to understand what exactly the idea of democracy entails because too often the notion of democracy is confused with Western culture and society. As such, analysts often dismiss the compatibility of Islam with democracy, arguing that Islam and secularism are opposite forces, that …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian government shifts tactics in crackdowns on Brotherhood

Reuters CAIRO: The Egyptian government has widened its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, opting for new tactics to prevent the country s strongest opposition group from advancing further into mainstream politics. Analysts say Egypt fears that unless it stops the Islamists now, they will make enough gains in coming elections to bypass rules aimed at …

Alaa Shahine