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The power of the puppet

Aragouz historically tools of satire and criticism CAIRO: The Egyptian people have never been shy about voicing their opinions and at times they can even be quite innovative in how they chose to do so. Historically folkloric art has been instrumental in exposing controversial issues, using the humble aragouz (puppet) as the tool. For many …

Daily News Egypt

Palestinians must still rely on the US to achieve peace

More than two decades ago I had the honor to speak about Palestinian-Israeli peace on a panel with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Although much has changed in the region since then, I could give nearly the same talk today. The requirements for peace and the benefits to be gained remain the same. The …

Daily News Egypt

There is no Democratic solution in Iraq

The Democrats in the United States declared the recent congressional elections a “referendum on the Republican President George W. Bush’s stewardship of the Iraq war. On the campaign trail, they savaged Bush and the Republican-majority Congress for the disastrous war and demanded its speedy end. Now that they have wrested control of both houses of …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's Consumer Spending on the Rise

Credit bureau and electronic payment critical in supporting sound credit decisions CAIRO: The establishment of a credit bureau and the increasing use of electronic payments are two important factors that support sound credit decisions to help spur consumer spending, which in turn leads to higher levels of economic growth for Egypt. In the Al Mal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A fruit enjoyed by children on its way to extinction

Egypt seems to have forgotten the good points of the sycamore The trees lining the streets around the Maadi Club once beckoned children to savor their fruit – the sycamore fig, known in Egypt as gemeiz. Also known as the mulberry fig, gemeiz is an ancient fruit first mentioned in the Bible and common to …

Ahmed Maged

African Development Bank grants $590 mln in loans to Egypt

The African Development Bank (ADB) will grant Egypt two loans and a grant valued at $590 million, said Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abu El-Naga on Saturday. The funds will be channeled into financing a program supporting small-scale projects and reforming the financial sector in Egypt. Agreements on this score will be signed on Monday …

Noozz

Pedophiliac twin brothers arrested in Cairo

CAIRO: Twin brothers, one a social worker at an educational institute and another employee at a media company, both 45, have been detained for having allegedly raped a six-year-old boy in Mohandiseen, local media sources reported. The twins, who alternate operating a shuttling service for nursery school children, were accused of having raped the boy …

Ahmed Maged

Cement prices drop as production makes slight gains on demand

Industry challenges debated at annual pan-Arab producers conference CAIRO: Local cement prices continued to fall last week, reaching a LE 320 per ton average according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry s (MFTI) weekly report, as the Arab Cement Conference wrapped up its annual meeting in Cairo on Saturday, predicting cement production would …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

German system flourishes in Egypt's trade schools

Providing graduates with solid education and guaranteed work opportunities EL-GOUNA: A typical school week for a student at the El-Gouna Hotel School may begin with some fractions and literature and conclude with beef stroganoff and guest services. German Ambassador Bernd Erbel on Saturday visited the hotel school and attended a more general introduction to vocational …

Deena Douara

President sees signs for Middle East peace

President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Saturday that he saw hopeful signs that big powers are turning their attention to a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “There are signs in that sense that has recently come from important international capitals … We hope that this will give birth to an urgent and …

Reuters

"No women allowed at work without the veil," chant Azhar students

Nearly 300 male students at Al-Azhar University angrily protested against what they considered to be anti-veil remarks made by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni. Chanting slogans such as, “The veil is a religious obligation, and holding signs reading, “No women at work without veil, the students insisted the hijab headscarf is a symbol of a …

Alexandra Sandels

Egypt urges respect for ceasefire agreement

Arab League welcomes the Abbas initiative Egypt has called for both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to respect the newly reached ceasefire agreed on between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert according to the Foreign Ministry. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said, “All parties must respect the ceasefire. The withdrawal of Israeli …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Poultry growers criticize government for encouraging imports

The Poultry and Meat Committee at the Egyptian Food Industries Chamber of Commerce voiced criticism of the government’s decision to extend imports of poultry, meat and fish imports to March 2007. Alaa Radwan, head of the committee, said chicken growers have suffered negative blows from ‘unrestrained’ imports, which however have failed to hold down poultry …

Noozz

NDP media blitz on constitutional amendments

Opposition criticizes official party’s stranglehold on media CAIRO: The ruling party is planning an aggressive campaign to promote its policies and proposed amendments to the constitution, announced the website of the National Democratic Party. Aly El-Din Helal, the secretary general of the NDP media committee, said party officials have already started visiting different governorates to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mortgage Loans approvals hit LE 241 mln in six months

The Mortgage Finance Authority has signed mortgage contracts valued at LE 241 million over the past six months, which, according to MFA chairman Osama Saleh, will enhance opportunities for achieving the authority’s 2010 targets. Saleh said to a forum organized by the Egyptian Businessmen Association on Thursday that the MFA set a target of LE …

Noozz

Japanese auto parts producers look to investment opportunities in Egypt

A Japanese business delegation of 22 auto parts producers is poised to visit Cairo during the middle of the week. According to Abdul Monem Saudi, chairman of the Egyptian Japanese Business Council, the Japanese companies have begun to look positively at investment opportunities in automotive parts manufacturing on the back of growing attention from the …

Noozz

Technology exports hit $500 mln

Technology and communications’ services exports recorded approximately $500 million over the first ten months of 2006, according to Gamal Mohamed Ali, deputy chairman of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency. Speaking in Dubai to Noozz reporters, Ali said exports of technical support and call center services made up the largest percentage of total technology exports …

Noozz

EU official: Egypt is an economic tiger on the Nile

CAIRO: While the Egyptian economy has benefited from reforms which have made it increasingly competitive and open to foreign investment, more work is needed to ensure future prosperity, according to a top EU official. “We are seeing an unleashing of an economic tiger on the Nile, says EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson. “The challenge is …

Jered Stuffco

No wonder the Israelites wandered for 40 years!

The wonders of Sinai’s wadis offer an entrancing weekend After spending 40 hours wandering through the wadis of the high Sinai Mountains, I have a new appreciation for the geographically challenged Israelites. Because if it wasn’t for my Bedouin guide Mohamed Darwish, I might too have been wandering for 40 years. Over the weekend I …

Peter A. Carrigan

Egyptian films leave a little something to be desired, say critics

Best productions of recent years, but can they compete internationally? CAIRO: When an announcement was made in October that three Egyptian films would be screened in the main international competition of the Cairo International Film Festival, the entertainment industry was abuzz with questions about their ability to compete with world cinema. According to sources associated …

Joseph Fahim

Accepting Hamas' victory might save Olmert's plan

Washington may soon replace its failed regional policy of isolation and confrontation with a renewed policy of engagement. Correspondingly, Israel’s policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians is about to change as well. Here, Israel is faced with two dilemmas. First, whether to await an initiative designed by others or to preempt with its own ideas. And second, …

Daily News Egypt

Biz Recap

Indian industry on display in Cairo CAIRO: India s Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) brought more than 100 Indian companies to the Cairo fair grounds to showcase their products to local businessmen in the four-day Mactech 2006 exhibition launched Thursday. Having witnessed 52 percent growth in engineering product exportation to Egypt in 2005, EEPC Chairman …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Blogger released after security arrests

CAIRO: Egyptian blogger Rami Siyam, also known as Ayoub, was released from jail Thursday following his arrest on Nov. 19 with three other bloggers.Although he was due to be released immediately after his arrest, he was kept in detention by state security due to instructions from higher orders. “The prosecutor’s office informed Siyam s lawyer …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Hamas leader discusses prisoner exchange in Cairo

CAIRO: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held positive talks with a senior Egyptian security official on Thursday to discuss a prisoner exchange between the Palestinian movement and Israel, a senior Hamas member said. Egypt has been trying to broker the prisoner swap since the capture of an Israeli soldier in a raid near Gaza in June …

Reuters

The results of campaign to reduce hepatitis C due by 2015

CAIRO: A campaign for children with hepatitis C virus, a virus that has a high probability of developing into HIV/AIDS, has just been cranked up a gear. Unlike most campaigns where experts and speakers usually focus on numbers and statistics, the conference held at the Cairo Opera House on Thursday provided a well-planned strategy that …

Yasmine Saleh

Opposition wants Camp David Accords annulled

CAIRO: Opposition movement Kefaya has gathered a 100,000-strong petition calling for the annulment of Egypt’s 1979 Camp David Peace Accords with Israel, said General Coordinator for the Kefaya opposition movement George Ishaq. Ishaq told The Daily Star Egypt that the movement wants the treaty annulled due to the inequity in its conditions. We saw this …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Sports Talk: Sea, sand and speedball

CAIRO: Somebody invented running. Somebody invented swimming. Then came speedball and somebody had to invent that, too. The individual in question is an Egyptian, Mr Lofty, who came up with speedball in the 1960s as a warm up and practice exercise for tennis players in Egypt. For those of you who don’t know the first …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani