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Gaafar's last-gasp strike saves Zamalek

CAIRO: Mostafa Gaafar notched home late in the second-half to help Zamalek register a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Harras Al-Hodoud in a thrilling Egyptian League match on Tuesday. Al-Hodoud came from a two-goal deficit to level the score through Mohamed Halim and Hani Saied after Tarek Al-Sayed and Youssef Hamdi put Zamalek initially ahead. …

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Egypt pound o/n interbank rate dips to 9.75 percent

CAIRO: Egypt s median overnight interbank rate slipped to 9.75 percent on Wednesday from 9.772 percent on Tuesday as fewer banks bought certificates of deposits in auctions from the central bank, traders said. The rate is slightly lower today as many banks took part in the CD auctions yesterday, and are trying to square their …

Reuters

Abul Gheit: Captured Israeli soldier still alive

JERUSALEM: The Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants last June is still alive, the visiting Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Abul Gheit, said Wednesday. Abul Gheit said Egypt is working to win the release of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was captured last June by Gaza militants who tunneled into Israel and fled back to Gaza. Shalit …

AP

Mubarak to Meet Olmert in Sharm

CAIRO: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El Sheikh next week an Israeli official told the press Tuesday. Mubarak and Olmert are expected to hold talks on the Palestinian-Israeli issue and explore ways to push the process forward The exact date of Olmert’s visit will be decided …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Suez War changed the geopolitical map of the time

French and British failure signaled the end of colonialism CAIRO: The repercussions of the 1956 Suez War, known as the Tripartite Aggression, transgressed local and regional levels to have a worldwide impact, an expert told The Daily Star Egypt. “The effects of the Suez war overcame local and regional levels, and it cemented the legitimacy …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Open Source gaining ground in Egypt and worldwide

CAIRO: Open source software and its specific application to internet-enabled telephony could make a powerful change for Egyptian businesses, asserted web telephony leader Mark Spencer at an OpenCraft technical seminar in Cairo. Founder and president of the American company Digium, Spencer has recently been deemed the most influential executive worldwide in the field of web-enabled …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

THE REEL ESTATE: 2006: The beginning of a minor cinematic renaissance

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with esteemed critic Ahmad Ra fat Bahgat about the changing cultural and cinematic climate of Egypt within the last 36 years. The 70s was the golden age of cultural life in Egypt, he sighed. Every week, special screenings for various world films was held in Metro …

Joseph Fahim

Israel's December Report: Three Clues for 2007

Israeli government officials in charge of conducting an end-of-year review cannot be happy. While their mid-year review was equally disappointing, with the loss in Lebanon and lack of international support for Israel’s role in Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, the end-of-year review is worse. In December only, Israel lost a major ally at the United Nations with …

Daily News Egypt

The emergence of cosmopolitan solidarity

As globalization proceeds, with the help of ever-faster communications, faster travel, and more powerful multinational corporations, a new, cosmopolitan social class seems to be emerging. These citizens of the world are developing loyalties to each other that cross national boundaries. I was at a dinner the other night with Yale World Fellows, a carefully selected …

Daily News Egypt

Kuwait: Is the beginning of real politics taking place?

Kuwaitis describe the country’s current Parliament with an apparent contradiction: “The opposition is the majority. In any parliamentary system this would be impossible; a government cannot serve without majority support. Even in presidential or mixed systems, the parliamentary majority enjoys a share of power through cohabitation or divided government. But while Kuwait displays more democratic …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian shares dragged lower by local investors

CAIRO: Local retail investors who lost hope of a possible end-of-year rally dragged Egyptian shares more than 1 percent lower on Monday in the absence of foreign institutions that usually buy blue-chip stocks. It is pure negative sentiment, said Mohamed Radwan of Delta Securities. There were expectations of a rally by the end of the …

Reuters

Suez Canal 2006 revenue to hit record high

ISMAILIA: Egypt s revenue from the Suez Canal is expected to reach a record LE 21.7 billion ($3.8 billion) in 2006, up around 10 percent from last year, a Suez Canal Authority official said on Monday. Revenue was $3.457 billion in 2005, said the official, who asked not to be named. We also expect that …

Reuters

Residents to pay LE 150,000 to salvage sinking building in Sayyeda Zeinab

CAIRO: On an unassuming side street in Sayyeda Zeinab neighborhood stands a six-floor apartment building supported by a number of impromptu wooden crutches, after the ground underneath gave way early morning Sunday Dec. 17. Ashraf Awad, the owner of the building and a resident, said he heard and felt a loud crack like an earthquake, …

Deena Douara

Critics question draft anti-terrorism law

CAIRO: Terrorism is a red line that I will not allow anyone to cross, said President Hosni Mubarak in a speech to announcing the pending constitutional amendments Tuesday. The President promised to eliminate the 25-year state of emergency once a new anti-terrorism law is passed. The proposed anti-terrorism law, like the rest of the draft …

Yasmine Saleh

Bird flu claims yet another victim

CAIRO: A 15-year-old girl was the ninth victim to die of the H5N1 avian flu virus in Egypt yesterday, following the death of her relative on Sunday. Her brother is still undergoing treatment in a Cairo hospital. The three from Gharbeya province had contracted the disease after slaughtering infected ducks. Many cases of avian flu …

Deena Douara

Government pressures are distraction from reform, says Brotherhood

Cairo: The recent government crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood is an attempt to distract public opinion from proper constitutional reform, Gamal Nassar, media advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) Supreme Guide, told The Daily Star Egypt. Nassar said: “Constitutional reforms are coming, and the regime is trying to use the MB to distract people in …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

France's Michel chosen as new Zamalek coach

CAIRO: French coach Henri Michel has taken a short-term contract with Egypt s Zamalek after the club had a last-minute change of heart over a new trainer. Michel, recently fired after a brief coaching spell in Qatar, will remain with the club until the end of the season in June. He was named as coach …

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Aboul-Ella will make it to Ahly standoff, Al-Sayed makes return

Zamalek club midfielder Mohamed Aboul-Ella was left out of his side s squad for Harras Al-Hodoud game in the Egyptian League on Tuesday due to injury, the club said. Aboul-Ella suffers hamstring problems but he is likely to link up with his team mates before the Cairo derby against Ahly on Saturday. Rumors in the …

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It's Oscar time for Egypt, well. not really

Ten of the 36 local films screened this year have been short-listed to compete in the annual Egyptian Oscars Awards – a ceremony widely considered by critics as one of the most inconsequential and peculiar film events in the country. But while only half of the nominated films deserve the recognition, the rest are just …

Joseph Fahim

For Egypt's women it's more harassment, fewer rights

“The Egyptians’ lack of power over their lives is translating into a pervasive new style of interaction designed to provide some minimal illusion of strength. Shop girls are ruder, bands of school kids more antagonistic, tradesmen craftier, petty theft is on the rise and [sexual harassment] probably is too. I wrote these words in 2002 …

Daily News Egypt

The Occupied Territories: Israel's moral, political millstone

With one stroke of a pen, Education Minister Yuli Tamir managed recently to restore to the public agenda the basic question that should not have been marginalized in the first place on the validity, significance and legitimacy of the Green Line. The decision is an ideological one, as was the decision to erase the 1949 …

Daily News Egypt

US military bloggers ponder another Christmas in Iraq

Thanks to a military blogger who calls himself “Blackfive (“The Paratrooper of Love ), we have a snapshot of what Christmas looks like this year at Camp Taji, just over 30 kilometers north of Baghdad. It’s a man dressed up in a Santa Claus suit, standing behind a “sleigh that is an unmanned aerial vehicle …

David Ignatius

How can the Arab Christians survive?

“A commandment of love was the theme that the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah stressed when I asked him last week about what Arab Christians should be doing to address the many challenges and threats in the Middle East today. I was especially interested in the role of Arab Christians because their plight is …

Rami G. Khouri

Fake alcoholic drinks seized before they hit Christmas market

CAIRO: Prior to Christmas celebrations some 3,000 bottles of fake alcoholic drinks were confiscated as four unlicensed factories tried to market them as well-known brands, reported the local press. The factories that were closed down, were reportedly preparing to flood the market with alcoholic drinks said to cause blindness. Some 800 bottles were seized at …

Ahmed Maged

Police officer probed for sexual abuse

CAIRO: A prosecutor ordered the four-day detention of a police officer accused of sexually assaulting a prisoner, judicial sources said on Tuesday. They said prosecutor Bakr Ahmed Bakr questioned assistant-investigation officer Islam Nabih on Tuesday. He also ordered the detention of Reda Fathi, a non-commissioned officer, for four days. A video circulated on local blogs …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Tri-party coalition seek curb on presidential terms

CAIRO: Three opposition parties – Al Wafd, Al Tagmouh, and Al Nasary (Nasserist) – have compiled a shared vision for constitutional amendments, which in theory doesn’t deviate from the guidelines the ruling party has been promoting in the media. The statement Al Wafd Party President Mounir Abdel Nour sent to The Daily Star Egypt provided …

Yasmine Saleh

Michel joins Zamalek race

CAIRO: In what is quickly becoming a parade of potential coaches to lead the Zamalek club, French manager Henri Michel will be in Cairo today to open talks with the beleaguered team. Zamalek general manager Alaa Mekled said on Sunday that the club contacted Michel after ensuring they can afford the signing fees. Michel is …

Daily News Egypt