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Opposition fear constitutional amendments would lead to political setback

CAIRO: The constitutional and legislative committee in the Shura Council started discussing President Hosni Mubarak s suggested amendments to the constitution, amid concerns that the changes would negatively affect political participation and election integrity. The discussions that started on Wednesday, a day after Mubarak presented his suggestions, are to end on Jan. 9, to be …

Magdy Samaan

Kids on TV: new program aims to give kids a voice

CAIRO: An ambitious new program that puts kids in charge of writing, directing and presenting a television series will be beamed into Egyptian homes next year. However, rather than featuring animated super heroes and cartoon comedy skits, the program will tackle serious issues like children’s rights. The project aims to empower kids and raise awareness …

Jered Stuffco

If looks could kill

Men in pink, the return of the dress, the skinny pants and more 2006 fashion trends If it can be defined in one sentence, 2006 would be the return to femininity with sugar and spice and everything nice. After decades of boyish elegance, trendsetters decided to jazz up the classic concept of a woman, unleashing …

Farah El Alfy

Why I do not celebrate Eid (or beware the calamities of 2007)

It is customary for Muslims to greet one another with the celebratory salutations for Eid Al-Fitr and Al-Adha. “Eid Mubarak (Blessed Holy Day) or “Kul ‘am wantum bi kheir (May you be in goodness every year) are some of the things Muslims say around this time in the lunar calendar. I hear these greetings from …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

2006, the year that was in film

Cairo: It s always daunting to compile an end-of-year best films list because most of the noteworthy productions we watch each year are not shown commercially to the general public. Some of my favorite films of the year such as Pedro Almodóvar s new fervent artwork Volver, Romanian director Cristi Puiu s alarming The Death …

Joseph Fahim

Fouad Ajami, or the dangers of the foreigner's gift

Coincidentally, I was reading Fouad Ajami’s new book, “The Foreigner’s Gift: the Americans, the Arabs and the Iraqis in Iraq, at the very moment when Iraq seemed to be turning a corner: from an American enterprise characterized by righteous audacity–planting a democracy in the heart of the Arab world–it had turned into an unfathomable mess …

Rami G. Khouri

Only renewed multilateralism can save America

The realization in the United States that the war in Iraq has been lost is perhaps the most momentous fact of international politics in 2006. The time of American unilateralism is objectively over. Whether US foreign policy will come to reflect this fact, only the future will tell. Unfortunately, this also means that a unique …

Joschka Fischer

Red Sea ports reopen after weather improves

CAIRO: Egypt reopened on Thursday three ports on the Red Sea which had closed because of bad weather, an official from the Red Sea Port Authority said. At 6 am (0400 GMT), the Adabiya, Port Taufiq and Petroleum ports were reopened after wind speeds and waves subsided, said one official, who asked not to be …

Reuters

Egypt denies Israel report of arms shipment to Fatah

CAIRO: A senior Egyptian diplomatic source denied an Israeli newspaper report that his country had recently shipped arms to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah party. The paper said the shipment was approved by Israel and sent through Israeli territory in four trucks accompanied by a military police escort, the officials said, speaking …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Females finally approved to be judges

CAIRO: Women in Egypt have pursued professions as doctors, parliamentarians, and ministers, but until recently, they could not fill any senior judicial posts. That is all about to change. The Higher Judicial Council has initially approved a letter sent by the Minister of Justice Mamdouh Maraey requesting that women be allowed to assume posts as …

Deena Douara

Saddam execution reopens Iraq discussions in Cairo

Some call Bush a terrorist CAIRO: The decision of an Iraqi court to uphold the death sentence given to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein opened the door to many discussions about Iraq among Cairenes with many expressing concern for the deteriorating situation in the war-ravaged Arab country. Opinions were framed around the dire situation in …

Daily News Egypt

The reality show of George W. Bush's struggle

Watching US President George W. Bush in recent weeks has become a grim kind of reality TV show. In almost every news conference, speech and photo opportunity, the topic is the same: What to do about the grinding war in Iraq. Bush has let the facade crack open- admitting that his strategy for victory isn’t …

David Ignatius

Arabs fear renewed nuclear arms race in the Middle East

Abul Gheit responds to Iranian statements but also criticizes Western nations over Israel s nuke program CAIRO: With Iran looking to develop nuclear technology, Israel almost admitting it possesses nuclear weapons, and the Gulf nations look to develop a nuclear program, albeit a peaceful one, there are concerns that the Middle East is at the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

The Chinese are coming . and soon we'll understand them

CAIRO: The latest local addition to what the Chinese Xinhua news service calls China fever, will be the opening of an Egyptian-Chinese university as well as the Middle East s first Confucius Institute, in cooperation with Cairo University. Egypt s International Education Institution is overseeing both projects. The Confucius Institute, named after the revered ancient …

Deena Douara

2006, year of crackdowns on blogging

CAIRO: Blogger arrested for spreading malicious rumors , “Rights groups say government is limiting Internet freedom , and Activists argue deteriorating state of civil society in Arab nations . Headlines like the above have become common features in both national and international mass-media. 2006 has arguably witnessed enhanced intimidation of civil society activists in Egypt …

Alexandra Sandels

2006 belonged to Al Ahly

CAIRO: The stars of Cairo football club Al-Ahly conquered Africa twice this year to emerge as continental kings. Last February, an Ahly-dominated Egypt team won the African Nations Cup a record fifth time with a penalty shootout victory over Ivory Coast before a capacity 80,000 crowd here. In November, Ahly retained the African Champions League …

AFP

Chinese-Egyptian company to produce oil drills

Factory to produce 20 drills per year by 2012 CAIRO: A consortium of three Egyptian companies and China’s HH Corporation will begin the production of three oil drills in 2007 for local use and export, Minister of Petroleum (MOP) Sameh Fahmy and China’s Ambassador to Egypt Wu Sike announced Tuesday. The new venture will be …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

How Egypt is making the art grow fonder

The local art scene is getting bigger and attracting a international input This year has seen a flowering of the local art scene boasting diversity and fresh names as well as new collections from acclaimed artists. For famous modern artists in Egypt like Farghali Abdel Hafiz, Farouk Hosni and Gazbeya Sirri, new productions of their …

Farah El Alfy

'Inward testimony' – a writer's witness account of world conflict

As the post 9-11 world becomes a single stage for international conflict, Nadine Gordimer asks: “What place, task, meaning will literature have in witnessing disasters without precedence? During her speech at the Naguib Mahfouz Memorial at the American University in Cairo earlier this month, Gordimer – the South African 1991 winner of the Nobel Prize …

Aida Nassar

American blunders have led to Middle Eastern chaos

The events of 9/11 gave the United States an opportunity to enforce its domination in the Middle East. This is hardly unique in the history of the region, which has witnessed British domination and later American-Soviet competition. The United States’ influence reached its peak in the Kuwait war of 1991 when it was able to …

Daily News Egypt

Late Meteb goal hands Ahly victory over ENPPI

CAIRO: Emad Meteb struck deep in stoppage time to give 10-man Ahly a stunning 2-1 win over ENPPI in the Egyptian league on Tuesday. Meteb chested down Flavio Amado s header in the area before sidestepping his marker and firing a brilliant close-range volley past stranded ENPPI keeper Mostafa Kamal. The win extended Ahly s …

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Bad weather hits Egyptian ports, Suez Canal

CAIRO: Authorities closed five ports on Wednesday and prevented some oil tankers and ships from passing through the Suez Canal because of bad weather, officials said. The Suez Canal Authority stopped at least three ships from entering the canal from the north, including a Liberian oil tanker carrying 170,000 tons, said an authority official who …

Reuters

Is the Nile Egyptian?

Associated Press ENTEBBE: After three years of closed-door talks, nine nations are quietly edging toward a deal to jointly oversee the waters of the Nile, an agreement that has eluded lands along the great river since the days of the pharaohs. An expected meeting of water ministers next month may produce a preliminary accord, officials …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt marks 50th anniversary of end of Suez war

PORT SAID: Egypt marked Saturday the 50th anniversary of the end of the Suez crisis that began saw a British and French airborne invasion of the canal zone shortly after the waterway was nationalized by late President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Thousands of Egyptians celebrated the event in the Mediterranean port city of Port Said, where …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Children abandoned by mother

CAIRO: A three-year-old male child and his one-year-old sister have been handed over to an orphanage in Heliopolis after they were left in front of a mosque in Safir Square, reported Al Gomhoriya. After he found the kids at the door, the Imam of the mosque took them to the orphanage that reported their case …

Ahmed Maged

Women bear the brunt of bird flu

CAIRO: Judging from the gender ratio of infections in Egypt, women are most at risk of avian influenza contagion than men, said Hamdi Abdel Wahed, media official at the health ministry. All of the eight deaths that have occurred in Egypt as a result of avian flu have been among women. The reason for this …

Daily News Egypt

Michel selected to coach Zamalek

Cajuda’s, Ramzi’s efforts appreciated, says Zamalek chairman CAIRO: French manager Henri Michel said on Tuesday he is excited about his new job as Zamalek manager, stressing that with work and dedication the team can get back of the winning track. I have been excited since talks started with Zamalek started because they have an ambitious …

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