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Resolving the Middle East's crises needs integrated efforts

The distinct layers of Middle East conflict – Israel-Arab, the future of the Lebanese state, the disintegration of Iraq, the Iranian nuclear program as well as the burden of socio-economic and political transformation for Arab countries (rich in oil, but lacking natural resources) – are not only interlinked, but also have a regional and even …

Daily News Egypt

A pinch of salt of the earth

CAIRO: I know it is difficult to imagine, but let’s take a trip back through time to when there were no steam engines, no pharmaceutical companies and no iPods. A time when people lived primitively but needed, like we do today, to brush their teeth, clean their wounds and blisters, seek treatment for skin rashes …

Ahmed Maged

$35 mln for Palestinians deposited in Arab bank account

CAIRO: The 35 million dollars left behind in Egypt by Palestinian premier Ismail Haniya after Israel closed the Gaza crossing was deposited into an Arab League account Monday, Egypt s Mena agency said. The 35 million dollars which was carried by prime minister Ismail Haniya as he was returning from his foreign trip, has been …

AFP

Selling your baby not a crime, says prosecutor

CAIRO: The deputy prosecutor’s office for the Al Marg district released Adel Ahmed, 41, who had been arrested a few days earlier for selling his child to a lawyer for LE 17,000. The decision to release the man baffled legal experts and social workers who disagreed with the deputy prosecutor that there were no legal …

Ahmed Maged

NDP to head dialogue on constitutional amendments

Secretary General of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Safwat Sherif said President Hosni Mubarak looks forward to a lengthy and detailed dialogue on the constitutional amendments in an effort to reach a national consensus, reported the State Information Service on Wednesday. During the ruling NDP s Secretariat General Meeting, Sherif stated that the nation …

Agencies

Aboutrika credits coach Jose for strong run over the years

Zamelek, Ismaili lost without coaches? Ahly superstar Mohamed Aboutrika heaped praise on coach Manuel Jose and said the Portuguese is the main reason behind his improvement over the past few years. He said in a televised interview in Cairo after leading his side to third place in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan that …

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Security forces bar senior Brotherhood member from Qatar trip

Security forces barred a top member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt s strongest opposition group, from traveling to Qatar on Tuesday, security and Brotherhood sources said. Essam El-Erian, who heads the Brotherhood s political department, said airport authorities told him they had been instructed by State Security officials to stop him from traveling. El-Erian, …

Reuters

Hamas-Fatah strife a sore issue for Egyptians

CAIRO: The continuing rift between Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and long-time politicos Fatah is a cause for concern for many Egyptians who are divided on how Arabs should deal with Israel. Last week, rival factions seemed closer than ever to all out war when Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya was prevented from entering the Gaza …

Deena Douara

Euro socialists come to talk politics and strengthen ties

CAIRO: In a bid to strengthen relations and increase dialogue, a group of socialist politicians arrived yesterday to meet with government officials, academics and activists. In addition to scheduled meetings with Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abul Gheit, the European delegation, which includes the former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, will sit down with …

Jered Stuffco

Acer Country Manager building the brand with consumers

CAIRO: Acer Computer Middle East has announced that from January 2007 there will be a new country manager overseeing operations in Egypt, KSA and the East Africa region. Having registered 84.8 percent year on year growth in notebook sales in Egypt for Q3 2006, Acer has been steadily consolidating its number three position in the …

Agencies

Growing public debt, budget deficit alarm economists

CAIRO: Despite the continuous stream of government reports of a historic resurgence in the country’s economy, some prominent economists are sounding alarm bells over the ongoing increase in overall public debt. Gawdat El Malt, chairman of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas), directed sharp criticism Monday to the People’s Assembly Planning and …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

BP Egypt to invest $5 bln in local energy industry

British Petroleum plans to invest as much as $5 billion in the Egyptian oil industry over the next five year, increasing the total value of the company’s investments in Egypt to $20 billion. The British company’s plan was disclosed by Hisham Mekkawy, the general manager of BP in Egypt, during a meeting of the energy …

Noozz

An amusingly poor production

Hamam Maghrebi (Moroccan Bath) is not thought-provoking fare It’s usually difficult to start by undermining a work of art with the aim of criticizing it. Hamam Maghrebi (Moroccan Bath), a theater production that had its opening curtain last week at Faisal Nada Theatre, seemed to have the right ingredients to achieve a certain degree of …

Ahmed Maged

If wars start in the mind, then impose peace of mind

There is a dictum in the Babylonian heritage about the virtues of compromise that goes like this: “Where there is complete truth, there is no peace. And where there is peace, there is no complete truth. What the ancient sages were trying to say was that seeking perfect justice for one’s community or cause might …

Daily News Egypt

Don't soon expect an able Iraqi Army

Two years ago, during the month of Ramadan, a bus carrying 50 Iraqi soldiers heading home on leave was ambushed outside Baghdad. The soldiers were led out of the bus, lined up on the pavement, and killed -like so many other Iraqi soldiers, policemen, and recruits trained by the Americans since the occupation of Iraq …

Daily News Egypt

After unipolarity, Europe's time to make a difference

Listen carefully these days to the Israelis and South Koreans. What they are hinting at is no less than a tectonic shift in the international system: the shift from a unipolar to a multi-polar world. Israelis are rediscovering Europe. They intuitively sense that they can no longer rely only on the absolute security guarantee represented …

Dominique Moisi

Mother jumps from fourth floor to save child

CAIRO: A woman was badly injured as she jumped to safety from the fourth floor while hugging her infant after a fire broke out in her flat, Al Gomhuriah newspaper reported. Samah Ahmed Mokhtar suffered bone fractures, bruises and brain injuries when the only escape for her and her infant was that risky jump. The …

Ahmed Maged

Boat of illegal immigrants reaches Sicily

ROME: A boat carrying more than 600 illegal immigrants from Egypt reached Sicily s southern coast and the migrants were being transferred Tuesday to several holding centers in the region, according to news reports and port authorities in Palermo. The Italian Coast Guard escorted the fishing boat carrying 648 immigrants to shore late Monday after …

AP

Median interbank rate rises to 9.8 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound jumped to 9.8 percent on Tuesday from 9.443 percent on Monday, with central bank auctions of certificates of deposit draining market liquidity, traders said. The market is short today after banks put their funds into the one-week and 128-day certificates of deposit auctions, so there …

Reuters

IMF says Egypt could cut budget deficit faster

CAIRO: The Egyptian government could cut its budget deficit faster without compromising economic growth, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. In a statement issued in Cairo after an IMF visit, the fund also said recent Central Bank of Egypt decisions to raise interest rates were timely and appropriate. Some of the factors behind the …

Reuters

Government internal debts remains in safe area

Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros Ghali said the government internal debt as a percentage of Gross National Product is still in a safe area. In a statement released Monday, the minister emphasized that budget deficit was under control and could be eliminated, but this would increase the burden on low-income families. He explained that the …

Noozz

Government official: IT exports to hit $1 billion by 2010

SECC looks to export its services to Gulf market CAIRO: Egyptian information technology (IT) sector exports are on track to reach $1 billion (LE 5.71 billion) by 2010, Gamal Aly, chairman of the government s Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) said. Aly s comments came upon his return from the annual Dubai Gitex Expo, a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Ayman Nour out of hospital, back to jail

CAIRO: Ayman Nour, the jailed former head of El Ghad opposition party, was whisked right back to prison right after undergoing a cardiac catheter at Kasr El Aini hospital. He was not allowed to see his wife or lawyer. I do not know how Nour is doing after the operation as the Egyptian security guards …

Yasmine Saleh

Sodic board approves Palm Hills acquisition

Combined land assets to exceed 12 million sq m upon shareholder approval CAIRO: Sixth of October Development and Investment Company (Sodic) board members approved Monday the acquisition of 100 percent of Palm Hills Development Company (PHD) through a share swap in a deal estimated at LE 1.9 billion. Pending shareholder approval, Sodic will issue 25.4 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Reflections: A Second Look

The Sony gallery for Photography at the American University in Cairo is presenting a group exhibition by 29 photographers from their archival collection. Participating photographers are: Robert Azzi, Jean Marc Bouju, Kristie Burns, Paola Crociani, Abdel Fattah Eid, John Feeney, Shems Friedlander, Ahmad Hamid, Thomas Hartwell, Kenton Keith, Ismail Kucuk, Lehnert & Landrock, Santiago Lyon, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Central Bank raises overnight rates 0.25 percent to combat rising inflation

Analyst views decision with guarded optimism CAIRO: The Central Bank (CB) has raised overnight deposit and lending interest rates by 0.25 percent to 8.75 and 10.75, respectively, CB Deputy Governor Tarek Amer announced in a press statement following Thursday evening s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. The decision came just days before the formal announcement …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

The Reel Estate: Discovering the New World

My introduction to director Terrence Malick happened seven years ago in spring of 1999. Back then, unless you were a student at the Egyptian Cinema Institute, it was extremely difficult to watch films other than the standard Hollywood flicks screened in theatres in addition to a few more titles available in video stores Most Egyptian …

Joseph Fahim

Is Kefaya tearing apart?

CAIRO: When Kefaya, The Egyptian Movement for Change, kicked off its first pro-reform demonstration in December 2004 then continued to agitate throughout 2005, it was lauded as the cure to the political apathy of the Egyptian street; a long over-due shot in the arm to rally the masses and end the decades of political stagnation. …

Alexandra Sandels

How great thou art: A feast for the senses

Some of the top picks selected by The Daily Star Egypt Given the staggering amount of art on display at the 10th Cairo International Biennale, navigating your way through the dozens of installations, paintings, prints and sculptures can be a daunting task. With more than 120 artists from all over the world showing everything from …

Jered Stuffco