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"The Cause 2007" heralds the comeback of stage documentary

With tonight’s debut of “Al Qadiya 2007 (The Cause 2007) at the Opera House’s Al Hanager Art Center the stage documentary genre comes back strong to Cairo’s theater scene. Written by Yousri Al Gindi, directed by Hassan Al Wazir and starring Sawsan Badr and Ahmed Halawa, “The Cause 2007 is a dramatization of hot-off-the-presses social, …

Ahmed Maged

Oil won't last; invest in Arab education

Many of the Arab nations have been blessed historically with oil and natural gas, which became the dominant engines of economic change in the last century. That is the good news. The bad news is that oil and natural gas are the sole economic foundations of the Arab world. What the Arab world has failed …

Daily News Egypt

Can the Democrats avoid an economic crack-up?

Now that the Democrats have taken control of the United States Congress, President George W. Bush has decided it’s time for fiscal discipline and a balanced budget. That’s shameless, even by local standards. Who does Bush think was in power when the big deficits of the last six years were created? A good way for …

David Ignatius

Islamism in the Sahel: little known, but longstanding

In a Sept. 11, 2006 video, Ayman al-Zawahiri declared that, “Osama bin Laden has told me to announce to the Muslims that the GSPC (the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat) has joined Al-Qaeda. This should be a source of chagrin, frustration and sadness for the apostates [of the Algerian regime], the treacherous sons …

Daily News Egypt

The Arab states drift into irrelevance

Of the many transformations taking place throughout the Middle East, the most striking is that the new regional security architecture gradually emerging in the Arab world seems to be managed almost totally by non-Arab parties: Iran, Turkey, Israel, the United States, and now Ethiopia. It is possible that the Arabs could write themselves out of …

Rami G. Khouri

New video probe launched

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior ordered security services to discover the identity of a female suspect apparently being tortured by police in a video publicized by the press, a security source said Monday. A still frame from a video published on the front pages of the independent dailies Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Fajr Sunday reportedly showed …

AFP

Prince of Egypt endures for 47 years

HANCOCK, Michigan: Robert Nuranen handed the local librarian a book he d checked out for a ninth-grade assignment – along with a check for 47 years worth of late fees. Nuranen said his mother misplaced the copy of Prince of Egypt while cleaning the house. The family came across it every so often, only to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Four missing off Red Sea's Marsa Alam

MARSA ALAM: Three foreigners and an Egyptian were missing Sunday after they went scuba diving in Red Sea, an Egyptian diving association said. A fifth diver who was with them was able to swim to shore despite strong winds and high waves. An Egyptian, three Russians and a Dutch man began scuba diving Saturday morning …

Ashraf Sweilam

Misr Insurance wins $332 mln oil deal

Cairo: State-owned Misr Insurance Company has won a bid offered by a consortium of four oil companies for underwriting a new $332 million project. Ahmad Morsi, oil and engineering insurance officer at Misr Insurance, said Thursday that the project will be a joint venture between four oil companies to produce linear alkyle benzene in Egypt. …

Noozz

Egypt, France agree on resolution of Lebanon crisis

CAIRO: The French foreign minister called on Lebanese political factions to end their confrontation ahead of an international donors conference, saying during his brief Mideast visit Saturday that stability was key to restoring the country s struggling economy. Egypt and France agree on the ways to achieve this, Douste-Blazy said, listing mediation efforts by the …

AP

Leading architect discusses corporate projects and change in Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s skyline is famous for its Pyramids, one-time remarkable lighthouse, and some aesthetic mosques. But what have we done lately? Hisham Youssef, Senior Design Manager of International Projects with leading architectural firm Gensler, spoke to The Daily Star Egypt about how architecture is changing in Egypt, where Egypt has an edge over the States, …

Deena Douara

Tehran wants to resume relations with Egypt

CAIRO: Iran aims to resume relations with Egypt, a government spokesman told the Iranian students news agency Isna on Thursday. There is a lot of potential for the two countries to cooperate in regional and international affairs though Egyptian officials need to take practical steps to realize this aim and normalize relations, Isna quoted foreign …

Agencies

Egypt warns Iran over its nuclear weapons program

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak warned that Iran’s continued attempts to develop military nuclear capabilities will have serious repercussions on the region. Mubarak’s comments came on the sidelines of his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the resort town of Shaem El Sheikh on Thursday. The President hinted that Egypt might begin developing nuclear …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

10 ways to get your resume in the trash can

Some think that putting information together on a piece of paper is what a resume is all about. They are wrong. In a world with thousands of job seekers, if not millions, resumes compete for employers attention. Fiascos are ignored without a second thought and the rest are judged with the scale of very good …

Sarah El Sirgany

President Mubarak: Saddam execution was barbaric

President Hosni Mubarak described the execution of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as barbaric, disgusting and illegal in an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot as reported by Al Ahram newspaper. Mubarak was quoted as saying “Carrying out the execution in Eid Al-Adha is a matter that is unreasonable and unacceptable . images of the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Al Azhar: Only Dar Al Ifta can issue fatwas

CAIRO: In a move that has already caused uproar among religious scholars, the Al Azhar Institution has declared the Dar Al Ifta (fatwa body) the only legally recognized organization authorized with issuing religious edicts. Sheikh Mahmoud Ashour, former deputy for Al-Azhar and member of the Islamic Research Center told The Daily Star Egypt: “we had …

Yasmine Saleh

Cost of diabetes and heart medicines to go up

CAIRO: The cost of 94 different medicines used to treat diabetes and heart disease increased over the Eid Al-Adha holiday by between 10-55 percent. Sherif Bassawy, secretariat for the Pharmacist’s Syndicate, told The Daily Star Egypt that the increase was “normal for Egyptian companies because it had been a “very long time since they increased, …

Deena Douara

To fight colds, warm up with fruits and spices

It is the peak of winter. The temperature has dramatically dropped to five and four degrees at night, with threats of winds and heavy rain looming large. Result: colds, flus and other winter-related maladies. The common cold is, as the name suggests, the most common human disease. Adults catch between two and four colds a …

Ahmed Maged

You can make your own music, but it'll cost you

Anybody who plays a musical instrument knows how difficult it is to find quality instruments and accessories in Cairo. Although there are many music shops in the city, the range and quality on offer is not comparable to what you would find abroad. It’s not a surprise since there is no burgeoning market for musical …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Do it yourself: jewelry design 101

The global phenomenon of semi-precious stone costume jewellery has made women happy by making them feel exclusive; and made men happy by lifting the burden of precious stone jewellery off their wallets. In Egypt the market is huge. There is such high demand that both established and new designers are coming up with fabulous, innovative …

Farah El Alfy

Brotherhood talks on party line

No sooner had this notion been floated, apparently by a group of (officially independent) Assembly members, than it was denied by the MB secretary-general, Mahmoud Ezzat. He said of a recent high-level party meeting: Some members of the People s Assembly from the group spoke about that issue but no official steps have been taken. …

Daily News Egypt

A benchmark address on Africa's Cote D'Azur

Along the 200-kilometer stretch of South Africa’s Garden route, one of the world’s most scenic drives and few eco-destinations left in the world, is a little secret: Oubaai. A long, long time ago ancestors of the Dutch man climbed the high mountains to reach Africa and came out at an old bay; and that is …

Jumana Shehata

"Not tonight, dear"

Sex can survive a marriage, but rekindle your passion Despite being a taboo subject, whispered conversations among friends and open discussion with professional therapists confirm that many couples are suffering in “sexless marriages. Between grueling hours at work – for both the husband and wife, being subjected to high levels of stress, and demanding kids …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nutrition – Don't throw out the raisins

When I was a kid, I hated raisins – their texture, the painful sweetness, how they looked so wrinkled and dry. It was bad enough having that granola cereal every morning, but my Mom had to throw in a handful of dried grapes to complete the nightmare. Of course, they surreptitiously ended up in the …

Rania Al Malky