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EU immigration policy between confusion and politics

A European Union conference on immigration, like the one that took place last weekend in Madrid, would not normally be the chosen venue for political heavyweights to stage a slugfest. Yet, in the wake of Islamist extremist bombings on European soil and last year’s riots in French suburbs, these are not normal times to be …

Daily News Egypt

The troubling Green Zones of the U.S. mind

The heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, from where the United States indirectly administers most things Iraqi, seems to have caught the fancy of the Bush administration. It seems to be repeating in the rest of the Middle East the same isolation from its surroundings practiced in Iraq. This is evident in this week’s trip …

Rami G. Khouri

Egyptians abroad speak out against inheritance of power

Web site calls on Gamal Mubarak to abandon NDP posts and serve Egypt as an ordinary citizen CAIRO: A number of Egyptian activists living in the United States have recently launched the National Initiative against Power Inheritance on www.gamal-mubarak.com. On the Web site interface the word no is written in almost all international languages including …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian detained in Canada begins quest for bail

TORONTO: An Egyptian father of six detained as a suspected terrorist for five years without charge or trial began his third quest for bail, with a former Canadian hostage in Iraq speaking out in his defense. Lawyers for Mahmoud Jaballah argued Monday that even if he was considered dangerous, he should be released on stringent …

Agencies

GAFI to offer business opportunities to Arab investors in Cairo forum this December

CAIRO: The Egyptian General Authority of Investment and Free Zones has prepared details on infrastructure, construction and tourism investment opportunities that will be offered to 1,000 Arab investors in Egypt. The investors include Arab financial institutions and investment companies. The move comes as part of GAFI’s preparations for the Cairo Investment Forum organized in coordination …

Noozz

Profit-taking in telecoms pushes bourse down

CAIRO: Profit-taking in Egypt s telecom sector sent Egyptian shares down on Tuesday as retail investors sold stocks after a bullish run last week over Telecom Egypt s deal to raise its stake in Vodafone Egypt. The market has been doing very well in the last week. It was gaining every day, especially Telecom Egypt, …

Reuters

Post-conflict assessment of Lebanon gets underway

UN team begins countrywide study of potential environmental hot spots BEIRUT/NAIROBI: An international team of experts will begin an assessment of the environmental damage in Lebanon caused by the recent conflict this week. The team, led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and working in close cooperation with the Lebanese authorities, will be visiting …

Daily News Egypt

Palestinian group threatens to kill Hamas leaders

Reuters GAZA: Fatah gunmen threatened on Tuesday to kill leaders of the governing Hamas group, escalating a power struggle marked by the worst internal violence in Gaza and the West Bank since the Palestinian Authority was created in 1994. On a visit to the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged an end …

Daily News Egypt

Saying goodbye to your grandfather's Arab world

If you want to get a sense of which way the wind is blowing in a society, you should consult its youth or its best opinion pollsters. Last month, I had the chance to do both in Dubai, and in the process learned about significant changing attitudes and new trends in the Arab region. I …

Rami G. Khouri

The Middle East: It's all just too darned complicated

Memo: To Arabs and MuslimsRe: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this place? It’s all just too darned …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Khatoun, a modern treasure trove in the heart of historical Cairo

Owners transform historic dyeing house into a gallery of traditional arts and crafts with modern style CAIRO: Around the corner from the busy streets of Al-Azhar is the tranquil courtyard garden outside Beit Al-Harawi and Beit Zeinab Khatoun; tucked between these two landmarks is Al-Khatoun Gallery. Housed in what was once a masbagha (dyeing house), …

Aida Nassar

Human rights council looks at proposed amendments

El-Wasat warns against adopting NDP recommendations; El-Gabry’s statements on the Quran criticized The National Council on Human Rights tackles several issues and engages in a few disagreements in its ongoing discussions about the recommendations on constitutional reform, independent paper Al-Masry Al-Youm reports. The council is preparing a report to be sent to President Mubarak. The …

Maram Mazen

"Conspiracy theories" explain the illusion of progress

Economist Galal Amin dismisses conventional concepts of progress, freedom, and human rights CAIRO: Progress as we know it and understand it is tarnished in Galal Amin s new book, where the seasoned economist dismisses conventional concepts and gives in to what he unwillingly calls conspiracy theories. The pessimistic tone carries traces of optimism, as he …

Sarah El Sirgany

Telecom Egypt rises over deal, boosts Egypt stocks

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks made slight gains on Monday, driven up by optimism over a deal by Telecom Egypt to increase its stake in Vodafone Egypt in a deal valued at 5.63 billion Egyptian pounds ($981.5 million). Telecom Egypt is one of the eye-catching stocks … Ever since they announced they wanted to buy this stake …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt, Jordan discuss internal Palestinian conflicts

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday discussed the situation in the Middle East including the increased strife among Palestinians during a visit with Jordanian King Abdullah II in the Egyptian capital. Mubarak s spokesman, Suleiman Awad, said after the meeting that the talks concentrated on the situation in the Palestinian territories, which has seen increasing …

AP

Boeing, EgyptAir exercise options for six additional 737-800s

CAIRO: Boeing and EgyptAir on Sunday marked delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 by announcing the Cairo-based carrier’s exercise of options for six additional 737-800s. The total order for 12 airplanes is valued at $850 million at list prices and marks a significant investment by EgyptAir to bolster its regional operations. “The Next-Generation 737 …

Agencies

Telecom Egypt acquires 23.5 percent of Vodafone Egypt

TE share in VFE up to 49 percent; VFE welcomes acquisition CAIRO: Telecom Egypt (TE) officials said Sunday the company has succeeded in purchasing 56.3 million shares of Vodafone Egypt (VFE) for LE 5.5 billion. TE s acquisition has not yet been finalized as the company is still in the process of financing LE 4 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Iraqi parliament renews state of emergency amid sectarian violence around country

BAGHDAD: Parliament extended Iraq s state of emergency Monday as gunmen snatched 14 employees from shops in downtown Baghdad in the second mass kidnapping in as many days. Dozens of bodies were found in and around Baghdad, apparently the latest victims of Shiite-Sunni killings. The shopkeepers were seized from computer stores in front of Baghdad …

AP

Gaza remains tense after day of violence

GAZA CITY: Hamas militiamen withdrew from the streets of the Gaza Strip on Monday and returned to their normal posts after the worst day of internal violence since Hamas took control of the Palestinian government in March. Despite the move to reduce tensions, a 20-minute gun battle erupted at the main hospital in Gaza City …

AP

Iran says no suspension offer in EU talks, slams U.S. sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran on Sunday denied it had made any offer to suspend uranium enrichment in talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and its top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini dismissed reports of a suspension of uranium enrichment by us in the talks on the nuclear crisis as merely …

AFP

Egyptian professor in hot water for comparing Quran to supermarket

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: An Egyptian professor has stirred up a hornet s nest among his fellow Muslims by comparing the Quran with a supermarket where you can find whatever you are looking for. Hassan Hanafi s remarks, made at a seminar organized by the Alexandria Library, have sparked a fierce response, from demands that he …

Daily News Egypt

TV magnates

Post-iftar eyes are trained on TN Communications programming CAIRO: If you are one of those people who eat a great amount of food around 5:40 every evening, you probably find it difficult to move for a good three hours thereafter. In Ramadan this is not considered sloth or gluttony; on the contrary it is encouraged …

Farah El Alfy

Kiss and kill

“What could America do to help push democratization forward in Egypt? an American friend connected to U.S. policy-making circles asked me recently. My usual answer to that particularly persistent question is: “democratize Israel. America’s foremost ally and strategic partner is the Middle East is a self-defined Jewish state, in which 20 percent of the population …

Daily News Egypt

Oil security, the George W. Bush way

It always comes back to oil. The continuing misguided interventions in the Middle East by the United States and the United Kingdom have their roots deep in the Arabian sand. Ever since Winston Churchill led the conversion of Britain’s navy from coal to oil at the start of the last century, the Western powers have …

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Crime can't wait for the end of Ramadan

Firecracker prank leads to murder; Teacher and supervisor brawl in front of school CAIRO: What has become evident from perusing crime pages throughout the week is that criminals are not waiting for the holy month of Ramadan to end to carry out their rimes. In Al-Gomhoreya newspaper, a civil servant was killed while preventing his …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa