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Practical steps for a new Iraq policy

The daily toll of events in Iraq and the intensity of media coverage from Baghdad make it hard to allow ideas on the Iraq crisis to be considered with the sober and somber deliberation they deserve. The pressure to squeeze new policy options into political frames that are instantly interpreted as for or against the …

Daily News Egypt

What the 'poor sots' of the world know about globalization

In 1919, the world humbly bore the loss of one of its most imaginative diplomats, when 39-year-old Mark Sykes succumbed to the Spanish flu in his well-appointed Paris hotel room. Sykes died a happy man, having created (with his boon buddy Francois Georges-Picot), a “New Middle East, complete with Octavian-era place names: Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt 2006: age, melancholy and usual vows of better

Cairo: Early in 2006, Transparency International, a Berlin-based assessment bureau, announced that Egypt’s corruption index had improved from “highly acute to “rampant. Economist Ahmed al-Naggar wasn’t the only one to remark that “rampant isn’t good enough. January headlines descried a ruling-party member’s sale of expired dialysis equipment to state hospitals, retirement funds used to cover …

Daily News Egypt

Eid joy and new releases at cinemas fuel downtown crowds

CAIRO: Eid celebrations during Al-Adha, like those of Eid Al-Fitr two months ago, were marked by big crowds blocking Talat Harb Street, in anticipation of new film releases at Metro and Miami cinemas. The cinemas face off on opposite sides of the main artery of the street A heavy police presence was clearly visible around …

Ahmed Maged

Ahly to play in Sudan

JOHANNESBURG: Egypt s Al Ahly will meet Tunisia s Etoile Sahel in Africa s Super Cup in Khartoum, Sudan on Feb. 18 after officials broke with the tradition of allowing the African Champions League winners host the match. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) want the Super Cup to form part of their 50th anniversary …

filgoal.com

Gutsy drug dealer lands in slammer

Cairo: Chalk this one up to one of those oddball criminals caught in crime spree stories. Police were surprised to find that a local squeal had been right all along when he reported that someone was selling hash and bango out in the open on the sidewalks in the Haram district. The Al Gomhoriya newspaper …

Ahmed Maged

Flavio's brace lifts Ahli past Zamalek

Cairo: Angolan striker Flavio notched twice on his birthday to lead title holders Ahli to a 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Zamalek in the Egyptian League on Saturday. Ahli went to the lockers room with a two-goal lead through the in-form striker before substitute Osama Hassan pulled one back for Zamalek 11 minutes after the interval. …

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Shake it up in your local belly dance studio: Moves that heal

Tulaa is a Danish executive with a high-powered job who has visited Egypt many times. Among other attractions she enjoyed besides the Pyramids and the Nile was belly dancing. But more than a decade ago after Tulaa avidly watched a show staged by famous Egyptian belly dancer Nagua Fuad at the Cairo Marriott, she had …

Ahmed Maged

From Peacekeeping to Peace Consolidation in Burundi

At the end of December, the United Nations Mission in Burundi (ONUB) will close, ending a successful two-and-a-half year chapter in peacekeeping history. I had the privilege of working in Burundi from June 2004 to April 2006, and bearing witness to the country s completing the process of transition out of a protracted period of …

Daily News Egypt

A little something different with every bite at Massimo

Had Massimo s food not been great, bias would certainly have influenced my taste buds. Fortunately my journalistic integrity was not tested since every bite of every side dish, main course and drink was spectacular. And the reason for my bias? As we walked into the restaurant, the hostess greeted me so warmly, for a …

Deena Douara

WORD ON THE STREET: What are your hopes for 2007?

The past year was a year like any other. Some married and some divorced. New lives were born as some were sadly taken. Some found fortune while others receded into debt. The world, in a few ways, may be a better place but overall seems increasingly destructive. We all look to 2007 to fulfill the …

Deena Douara

Sci-tech: Waging ware wars

As the president of Digium, and creator of Asterisk, while on a crusade through Egypt, Mark Spencer talks to the Daily Star about his next steps, taking the tram, and his Egyptian lineage. What Spencer, an Egyptian-American, is most keen to talk about right off the bat is the free software application he created several …

Wael Elazab

In 2006, the issue of violent sexual crime against children comes to the fore

In this two-part series on pedophilia and its social recriminations in Egyptian society, staff writer Jumana Shehata examines some of the socio-political and economic causes behind some of the worst sexual abuse crimes committed in 2006. CAIRO: Most Egyptians are left open-mouthed gasping in surprise at hearing the word “pe’do-phi’lia because they do not understand …

Jumana Shehata

Breakfast, fun and get your hair done

Combining the social club feel with a psychiatrist’s clinic, hair and beauty centers in Egypt have taken on different personalities reflecting the stereotype of residents of the suburb in which the salon is located. A Maadi-dweller’s weekly agenda is usually marked with a date in a hidden basement full of people. An outsider would look …

Jumana Shehata

'Turbini' murders sensationalized

Cairo: In 1922 Egypt was shocked at the arrest and trial of Raya and Skeena, the most notorious two murderesses in the history of the region. The women were sentenced to death in Alexandria on charges of murdering 22 women who were suffocated to death and robbed of their jewelry. Interestingly the two callous stonehearted …

Ahmed Maged

New brands available in Egypt

For everyone who lives in Egypt, a huge part of traveling was always to shop. From underwear to dresses, starving Egyptians would raid the shops abroad for higher quality goods and a variation of products. Luckily, in the past two years an abundance of international labels spread throughout the country or Cairo anyway. With the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Single after 30

The image of the 30-year-old woman used to be one with a couple of kids enrolled at a good school, a loving husband, a decent place to live, and maybe, or maybe not, an enjoyable job. The reality for the women who grew up with those images has been somewhat inverted, as they push ahead …

Deena Douara

SPORTS TALK: Success without a smile

Egypt capturing the Africa Cup of Nations was the definite high point of the 2006 calendar as we scan the year that was. The February win was sweet for these reasons: the tournament was staged in Egypt, nobody, especially Egyptians, thought Egypt would win it, and it gave Egypt a record five such titles. Besides …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

El Al cancels Cairo flights

According to Al Masry Al Youm, Israel’s national airline El Al announced all flights to Cairo will be cancelled as of January 2007 due to high security costs and low demand on the route. The decision drew strong criticism from People’s Assembly members last week as many said it amounted to it a step back …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Ahly, Zamalek in classic showdown

CAIRO: Rivals Al Ahly and Zamalek clash on Saturday in the traditional Egyptian derby, the last major event of a busy year for African football. The derby is expected to bring a capacity 70,000 crowd to the Cairo International stadium, but the 128th meeting between the two Cairo clubs comes at a time of contrasting …

filgoal.com

The 34 constitutional amendments are not enough, analysts say

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak suggested 34 constitutional amendments, but they are not enough or are useless, analysts say. The president’s speech on Tuesday Dec. 26, triggered a deluge of talk shows and newspaper articles discussing his suggestions. Naming a potential vice president and Article 93 topped concerns at the continuous analyses. The president did not …

Yasmine Saleh

International calling licenses to be offered by end of February

Two international calling operator’s licenses will be offered by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) by the end of February, a Prime Minister’s Office statement issued last Sunday said. The statement represents the highest level of its kind and comes after a year of delays to the issuance of the licenses. Government officials and telecom …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood to pursue legal political party status

CAIRO: The banned-but-tolerated Muslim Brotherhoods (MB) group stated in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that they intended to establish a licensed political party. During the same event, MB members promised to obstruct the pending constitutional amendments and do their best to prevent them from going into effect in every possible legal way in the People’s …

Yasmine Saleh