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Festival press conference comes up empty

Press fails to come up with pertinent questions for panel CAIRO: Just hours before the 30th Cairo International Film Festival kicks off, festival President Ezzat Abo Ouf held a joint press conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel last Sunday with Naguib Sawiris, the CEO of the festival s principal sponsor Mobinil, to answer all the …

Joseph Fahim

Iraq can learn from the lessons of Saudi Arabia

While the United States debates what to do about the disaster in Iraq, I have been pondering a disaster that hasn’t happened – in Saudi Arabia. There are some lessons in the Saudi story that may help clarify the Bush administration’s choices as it nears crunch time in the region. First, some background: 10 years …

David Ignatius

EU commissioner says progress being made toward free trade zone

Mandelson on Egypt reforms: Carefully and sensitively, we need to let the hand brake off CAIRO: European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson says the Euro-Egyptian Association Agreement, paving the way for a free trade zone between the two sides by 2010, has found success considering the reforms implemented by the Egyptian side since the …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

A new face allows the UN to implement its promises

On Jan. 1, 2007, Ban Ki-Moon, South Korea’s former foreign minister, will become United Nations secretary general, following Kofi Annan’s 10-year tenure. Annan inspired the world with his diplomacy and leadership on poverty reduction and human rights, but the war in Iraq divided the world and drew attention and financial resources away from crisis regions …

Daily News Egypt

Fahmy apologizes for insulting remark

Press unified in anti-veil stance and support for Hosni CAIRO: In response to the attacks directed at Culture Minister Farouk Hosni two week ago after he announced his controversial opinion on the veil, public figures, religious scholars, feminists and artists have rushed to issue statements and opinions on the veil making the issue a top …

Yasmine Saleh

AUC students donate LE 1 mln to rebuild Lebanon

Six AUC students travel to Lebanon to aid with relief efforts CAIRO: Six students from the American University in Cairo traveled to Lebanon from Oct. 19 to 24 to help with relief efforts for victims of last summer’s war and raise awareness about the destruction wrought on Lebanon. On Sunday night, they presented their findings …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt and Arab nations will not sever ties with Iraqi government

Cleric’s calls for withdrawal of support will go unheeded, expert says CAIRO: Calls by Iraqi Sunni leader Sheikh Harith Al-Dhari for Egypt and the international community to end support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq will go unheeded by Arab states, according to Nabil Abdel-Fatah, an expert at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Stop smoking and win a prize

Charity organization promotes giving up smoking in an innovative way CAIRO: Smoking and its debilitating effects have become so much of a burden on modern economies and the public health system that an enterprising few have come up with innovative, if not radical, approaches to convincing nicotine addicts to kick the habit. Gamiat Asdiqaa Al-Kheir, …

Ahmed Maged

Progress being made toward gender equality and women's empowerment

Countryside NGOs highlighting changes on the 6th stop of Sailing the Nile for Development MINYA: In a rare show of defiance, Wedan, the mayor s wife in a typical Upper Egyptian village, nominates herself for candidacy in the election against her husband. The play A Mayor Without a Mustache, was one of a few poignant …

Deena Douara

Ismaili crash out, Ahli get primed

Ismaili crashed out of the Arab Champions League (ACL) after losing 5-3 on penalties against Ahli Bordj on Sunday while the Al-Ahli club finalized their squad for the Japan 2006 Fifa Club World Cup (CWC). The second leg of Ismaili’s game in Cairo ended in a goalless draw, a result similar to the first match …

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Technology exports hit $500 mln

CAIRO: 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 …

Noozz

Security critical modern financial systems

Mediterranean Smart Cards Company provides important checks, balances to Egypt’s financial infrastructure CAIRO: Like many developing countries, Egypt is on its way to fully comprehending that modern financial systems – with the right security in place – are worthy of significantly more trust and comfort than cash. Key elements of such a secure financial infrastructure …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A Lens to the Past: Kawkab Al-Sharq

More than 30 years after her death, Om Kalthoum (1904-1974) is still an icon throughout the Arab world. This photograph by Alban is a rare portrait of the singer without her signature dark glasses. Even at an early age Om Kalthoum’s exceptional talent became evident. By the age of 12 her father got her into …

Daily News Egypt

Save Our Souls concert provides young Cairo with musical soul food

CAIRO: Fifteen thousand Cairean teenagers sporting the newest model of name brand sneakers, sunglasses, and designer jeans poured into the Chinese Garden at the Cairo International Conference Center to see their favorite bands perform at the Vodafone-sponsored Save Our Souls Music Concert (SOS). I am here to see Jaffa Phonix. They totally rock. I am …

Alexandra Sandels

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 …

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