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Crime Scene: Miracle saves blundering truck driver from fatal wreck

CAIRO: It can only be called a miracle, distraught train passengers said after they emerged with bruises and stiff joints from what could have been a fatal train crash with a truck hauling sand. Apparently, the truck driver thought he could best the speeding train at a crossing in the village of Bardin in Zaqaziq. …

Ahmed Maged

Clerics to lift fog on Islam

CAIRO: During a session on Islam to non-Muslims, Sheikh Ahmed Saad met one man who, living beside a mosque for 15 years, thought Muslims were drug-dealers because he saw them suspiciously meet in the late hours of the night. The man only discovered through the information session that the Muslims were not drug dealers but …

Deena Douara

Discovery in Dahab: fantastic sea life, coral reefs, snorkeling and sailing

But can this town recover from last April’s bombing? DAHAB: For travelers on a sandal-string budget, the bus ride from Cairo to this rugged beach community on the eastern shores of the Sinai Peninsula is an ordeal of biblical proportions. Not only are passengers subjected to a grueling, nine-hour ride, but they must pass through …

Jered Stuffco

Film festival president responds to criticism, reflects on expansion plans

CAIRO: Always under heavy criticism, the Cairo International Film Festival isn’t an easy task to handle and in the past three months, newly appointed President Ezzat Abu Ouf has been facing the heat. Since previous President Sherif El-Shobashi’s sudden resignation, Abu Ouf has been appearing on TV gracefully responding to mounting criticism, diplomatically welcoming advice …

Sarah El Sirgany

A Guide to the Cairo film festival films

If you can only see a few . don’t miss these! CAIRO: The chilly breeze of Cairo winter is slowly creeping in. An air of excitement surrounds the region s cultural capital and art lovers are waiting abuzz for the mother of all festivals in Egypt. Yes, the 30th Cairo International Film Festival is starting …

Joseph Fahim

Festival sink or swim?

The success or failure of the Cairo International Film Festival hangs in the balance Five reasons why we think the Cairo International Film Festival will succeed: 1. International celebrities Jacqueline Bisset and Danny Glover. French actress Jacqueline Bisset is one of the icons of both French and American cinema. The legendary actress has worked with …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt concerned about Sunni "cleansing" in Iraq

CAIRO: Despite official statements to the contrary, Egypt is especially concerned about the state of Sunnis in Iraq and fears the hegemony of the Shiite majority over the war-torn country according to experts. Last week’s decision by the Shiite-controlled Iraqi Interior Ministry to arrest Sheikh Harith Al-Dhari, secretary general of the Association of Muslim Scholars …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Rachid: Egypt's economic improvements cannot be dismissed.

Country has to maintain dynamic push for reform In the second part of The Daily Star Egypt’s interview with the Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid says there is no escaping that the local economy has improved in previous years. He says he is dedicated to creating more job opportunities for Egyptian …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Word on the Street: Constitutional reform: Who cares?

Egyptians speak out on their perceptions of upcoming constitutional amendments CAIRO: In his speech before parliament last week, President Hosni Mubarak promised democratic reforms and constitutional amendments. Of course all the politicians sat up and took notice, but do ordinary people care? The Daily Star Egypt set out to find out. As a citizen of …

Daily News Egypt

Regional investment conference held in Egypt

Conference aims to bring together promotion agencies CAIRO: The Second World Association for Investment Promotion Agencies (Waipa) Regional Investment conference was held Nov. 16-18 in the Sinai resort of Sharm El-Sheikh under the auspices of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Gafi) as well as Waipa. The aim of the conference was to …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

A night at Hogwarts? Not so much

Hodgepodge of fairy tales delights children regardless of false expectations A night at the Cairo Opera House’s Harry Potter Ballet sounded like a ticket onto the Hogwarts Express and the excitement in the theater as kids and parents of all nationalities shuffled to their seats was electrifying. Unfortunately for all of these eager fans, this …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt shares up, Naeem soars after public listing

CAIRO: Egyptian shares gained on Wednesday with investment bank Naeem Holding soaring 88 percent after the firm listed 60 percent of its shares on the stock exchange at a par value of $1 per share, traders said. This stock is seen as a good investment. The investment banking story in the region is a good …

Reuters

Nine killed in minibus crash in Cairo

CAIRO: Nine people were killed and 11 others injured on Tuesday when a minibus collided head-on with a passenger car on a highway south of Cairo, police sources said. The sources said the minibus collided with an oncoming car after it tried to overtake another vehicle on a desert highway. A second passenger car then …

AFP

Conference discusses ways to head off potential energy crisis

CAIRO: Businessmen and researchers called Tuesday for the gradual phasing-out of the government s LE 50 billion annual energy subsidy bill and urged more investment in alternative sources of energy. They called on focusing on wind and nuclear power to avoid a potential crisis once Egypt s natural gas reserves are expected to run out …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Rights groups say government is limiting Internet freedom

CAIRO: Members of the country’s blogging community have said there is a marked increase in the arrests and detainment of online writers expressing their views on religion and society. Bloggers are being increasingly targeted by state authorities because they provide truthful accounts on events in contrast to state-owned media and press outlets, which often tend …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Cairo Carousel: Give me my drugs, my precious .

The Big Kahuna wants to start off this week by apologizing to the fanatical throngs of faithful readers for not making an appearance last week. See, while you dry up your tears and quiet your worried hearts, you should know I was reeling with illness. Yes, the BK was absolutely drained of all energies, twitching …

Daily News Egypt

Agenda

Art: Isabel Castiho A native of Brazil, Isabel Castiho has been painting since 1989, and some of her work is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo. In 1998, she married the Consul General of Spain in Sao Paulo and followed her husband to New York, Spain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A Lens to the Past: The women's advocate

A group of women gather at Hoda Shaarawi s home in Cairo, taken by Riad Chehata. As a leading advocate of women s rights in Egypt, Shaarawi organized the Mubarrat Mohamed Ali, a women s social service organization, in 1909 and the Union of Educated Egyptian Women in 1914. She led the first women s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab League designates Nov. 21 as Arab Writers Day

The 23rd meeting of the Union of Arab Writers adjourned Tuesday after deciding to annually commemorate the achievements of writers on Nov. 21 – Arab Writers Day. The meeting held at the Arab League for the first time since 1979 when the union was transferred to other Arab countries after Egypt signed the Camp David …

Ahmed Maged

Drug dealers suffer heavy losses in drug busts this week

Two horrifying incidents of infanticide make the news; antiquity theft publicized This week drug-related stories take the lion’s share of coverage in the local crime scene with police taking on drug-traffickers and busting gangs. Al-Ahram daily reported Wednesday that the anti-narcotics department, in cooperation with the armed forces, air force, border guards and the police …

Ahmed Maged

One-on-one with Minister Rachid Mohammed Rachid

Minister of Trade and Industry speaks on condition of economy CAIRO: More than two years after taking the helm at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid is starting to see the fruits of his labor as part of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif s economic cabinet pay off. A 15-year high 6.9 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

A public affair

Perhaps ministers shouldn’t speak publicly on private matters? The minister of culture’s had a busy week. He set off a firestorm and also managed to drag to the surface matters that lie uneasily beneath this society’s surface. Last week, Dr Farouk Hosni criticized the hijab or veil and those who wear it. Hey, presto. Public …

Daily News Egypt

Khodeir Al-Porsaidi discusses brushstrokes of a marginalized art

Egypt lacks appreciation for the fine art of calligraphy CAIRO: Sitting in his office in Al-Gamaliyah, a section of the ancient Al-Hussein neighborhood, Khodeir Al-Porsaidi, one of Egypt’s major calligraphy artists and the head of the Egyptian Association for Arabic Calligraphy (EAAC), laments the marginalization of Arabic calligraphy in today’s Egypt. “In the early ’90s …

Daily News Egypt

Corporate sponsors invest in academic excellence

Public school scholarship donors get together with AUC students CAIRO: On Tuesday, for the first time in its history, the American University in Cairo (AUC) hosted a gathering to allow scholarship students to meet with their generous benefactors and donors. “The aim of this event is to congratulate the students who received the Public School …

Daily News Egypt

'They must have seen Americans as strange liberators'

King memorial arouses the question of whether his legacy has been forgotten Thousands of people gathered on Nov. 13, in Washington’s National Mall to inaugurate a memorial to honor the African-American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., most notably known for his inspiring “I Have A Dream speech, delivered in Washington in 1963. That …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

It is politically correct to denounce the veil?

Veiled women face discrimination in the workplace and public spaces CAIRO: In a country with a predominate Muslim community and age-old traditions that encourage a modest dress code for all women regardless of faith, it is surprising to many to hear that veiled women face discrimination. It isn t just the recent controversial statement made …

Sarah El Sirgany