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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

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

Egyptian police find more weapons in Sinai

Israeli innuendo and concern for Sinai security fuel stepped up efforts to secure area ISMAILIA: Two days after an Israeli minister accused Cairo of not providing enough security along the border with Gaza, Egyptian police found at least two tons of explosives in the Gebel Maghara area in the northern Sinai Peninsula and also large …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Culture Minister Farouk Hosni will not back down over veil remarks

In a tit-for-tat war of words, Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni is demanding that parliament apologize for the way MPs referred to him during a heated discussion on Monday and Tuesday. Angry MPs who charged Hosni had no right or authority to criticize the hijab headscarf called on the government to force the culture minister …

Sarah El Sirgany

Naeem Holding Lists on Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange

Leading Investment Bank Sets Stake in Egypt, Gears Up to Become the Gateway for Arab Funds to the Middle East and Abroad CAIRO: Naeem Holding will officially begin trading tomorrow on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange (Case), marking a major milestone as the investment bank gears up to become the Middle East’s leading financial …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EU doles out cash to help Mediterranean countries cut pollution levels

CAIRO: The European Union has pledged to spend nearly LE 4 billion over the next three years to help North African governments clean up sewage, industrial waste and other pollutants flowing into the Mediterranean Sea. However, it’s up to the governments themselves to create the programs and initiatives to ensure that the money is spent …

Jered Stuffco

Washington needs more than bogus Israeli praise

Even the closest friends of the Bush family don’t dare say anything about Iraq that approximates what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told President George W. Bush in their recent meeting at the White House. For having made even more guarded statements than Olmert’s declaration that the peoples of the Middle East should be grateful …

Daily News Egypt

The US beggar can't be a chooser in the Middle East

It is difficult to read a serious news analysis of American options in Iraq without running into the idea that Washington must open a dialogue with Syria and Iran. This means that Iran and Syria have won the first round of their political boxing match with the United States, and, that we are likely to …

Rami G. Khouri

The Reel Estate: A letter to the creator of masterpieces

Dear Mr Sobky, For years now, I ve been contemplating sending you this letter, perhaps since the very first day you unleashed El Limby on the world. I naively assumed that you couldn’t do worse, but after watching your latest box-office smash Alaya El-Tarab Beltalata, I was determined, at last, to write you a few …

Joseph Fahim

Farouk Hosny feels the heat in Parliament

CAIRO: Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, is currently facing mounting pressure from MPs to issue an apology for calling the hijab head scarf repressive or resign. Hamdy Hassan, a Muslim Brotherhood MP told The Daily Star Egypt: “This is the least thing we can do to him. Instead of promoting our Egyptian culture and its …

Sarah El Sirgany

Nazif and Rachid in Turkey to promote trade relations

CAIRO: In anticipation of final Turkish parliament ratification of the Egyptian-Turkish Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed December 2005, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Trade and Industry (MFTI) Rachid Mohammed Rachid are taking off to Istanbul today for a two-day visit aimed to promote bilateral trade and investment. In June, the parliament ratified the …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egyptian police find more weapons in Sinai

Israeli innuendo and concern for Sinai security fuel stepped up efforts to secure area ISMAILIA: Two days after an Israeli minister accused Cairo of not providing enough security along the border with Gaza, Egyptian police found at least two tons of explosives in the Gebel Maghara area in the northern Sinai Peninsula and also large …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Analysis: Egyptian diplomacy scores breakthrough in Darfur

Western governments ignoring Cairo’s successful mediation efforts CAIRO: Furious diplomatic shuttling between European capitals and Cairo has paid off for a six-month mediation effort by some of this country’s top civil servants in brokering a deal on the crisis in Darfur. In recent weeks, Egypt’s initiatives in trying to bridge differences between the United Nations …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Can you calculate arithmetic into the trillions?

Meet Moody, the seven year old who can CAIRO: All parents are proud of their kids and it is not uncommon to find them comparing notes, boasting which of their children is better in school or at athletics. Crowning moments are when children start walking by the age of one; are thrilled when they say …

Farah El Alfy