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Cairo streets take on a new dynamic

The psychology of the harasser and how to fight back CAIRO: As 17-year-old Layla is walking down a main street in Maadi, she notices a man straddling a bicycle on the corner. As she gets closer, she sees some unnaturally rapid movements underneath the man s galabiya as he hisses indecipherable words at her. A …

Daily News Egypt

Interest rate hike draws mixed reactions

Capmas: Inflation rate reaches 10 percent in October CAIRO: The Central Bank s (CB) Thursday decision to raise overnight interest rates by 0.5 percent to help curb inflation has drawn mixed responses from local analysts. Meanwhile, a new Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas) report shows the annual inflation rate has reached a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

CIB says eyes Middle East expansion

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of Egypt s top three private-sector banks, said on Monday it was eyeing potential expansion in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Gulf. The bank said in a conference call it also expected to announce the shareholding structure and exact start-up date for its Algerian subsidiary by year-end. It said …

Reuters

Reel Estate: Shadows of a missing world

Stone’s latest film misses the mark As odd as this may sound, World Trade Center isn t really about 9/11. WTC is, for the most part, a Hollywood disaster movie marketed, and branded, as the first major film about the most important incident of the new century from Hollywood s most controversial director who, alas, …

Joseph Fahim

US key to solving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The words we use and the statements we make define who we are, what we believe. The more accurate our pronouncements are, the closer we are to the truth and to understanding each other. The better the understanding, the more engaged we become when the opportunity avails itself. In her keynote address to the American …

Daily News Egypt

Saving Iraq's justice: move Saddam's trial abroad

So Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. This does not come as a surprise. If one person were to be singled out in the world today for the ultimate sentence, Saddam would be the one. He is personally responsible for the death of about two million people through his rule between 1968 and 2003. With …

Daily News Egypt

No negotiations, no peace

The Israeli-Palestinian political arena has never looked worse. This is a reflection of the negative political situation internally in both areas. It seems that the main political agenda of the Israeli government today is survival, and once that becomes apparent to the people of Israel, the government’s days are numbered. On the Palestinian side, the …

Daily News Egypt

Rebuild Africa by funding the African Union Mission in Darfur

Last April, in the delegate’s lounge of the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, this columnist met with the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) permanent observer to the UN, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, to discuss ways in which Arab, Islamic, or African nation-states might assist in ending the genocide in Darfur. At that time, Qatar, Tanzania, …

Daily News Egypt

Canvassing the wisdom of the desert

Renaissance man captures a different side of Egypt With camera and sketchbook in hand, Dr. Farid Fadel headed to the Siwa Oasis on what he calls his first artistic mission. The result is the collection Desert, Oasis, and Valley currently showing at El-Hanager Art Center. Fadel s popularity as an artist is a combination of …

Aida Nassar

Student union elections marred by violence, controversy on Egypt campuses

The chants have become familiar: National Security, out, this is our university and it will remain free; who runs the university, the dean or Internal Affairs, shouted protesting university students on campuses throughout Cairo and the governorates. In the latest such protest, students at Helwan University demonstrated against the arrest of 28 of their colleagues …

Sarah El Sirgany

Analyzing a quarter century under Mubarak

Widely touted 25th anniversary under the microscope CAIRO: In the wake of celebrations marking the “25th anniversary of Mubarak (a tag used by national newspapers) last October, analyst and political veteran Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, says President Hosni Mubarak’s “peace years have saved the country from war and conflict but not from poverty and underdevelopment. Harb, …

Pakinam Amer

What's so Egyptian about being Egyptian anymore?

A forgotten sense of national pride and obligation to country Ramadan’s come and gone. Not only is it the time of year characterized by the oxymoronic gluttonizing of food after a day of fasting, but it is also the season of an ever-so not entertaining clutter of cliché soap operas peppered with an ever-so-more unentertaining …

Daily News Egypt

Unsafe abortions kill thousands of women, experts say

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 70,000 women worldwide die from unsafe abortions each year while many more suffer serious injuries, especially in poor countries, health experts said Monday. Unsafe abortion is a serious public health problem for women, accounting for 13 percent of all maternal deaths globally each year, said Dorothy Shaw, president-elect of the International Federation …

AFP

New public movement against religious discrimination established

Political rights activists rally public support for protection of religious minorities CAIRO: Following the mob attacks on Alexandria’s St. George’s Coptic Church last year, Dr. Mounir Megahed, general manager of feasibility studies at the Nuclear Power Plants Authority and a few of his colleagues decided to take action against attacks on religious minorities in Egypt. …

Alexandra Sandels

Egyptians sound off on Saddam Hussein execution verdict

CAIRO: While reaction to the execution verdict handed down to Saddam Hussein has been split along sectarian lines in Iraq, Egyptians had mixed reactions. “I’m for the verdict in essence but I’m against the form, Samer Soliman, assistant professor of political economy at the American University in Cairo said. “I don’t have any doubt that …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mecca Charter: gap between principles and practice

After the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, it became clear that sectarian and ethnic identity would be a major principle of post-Saddam politics. With parliament seats and government posts being allocated according to a sectarian-ethnic quota system, powerful Iraqi actors – chiefly the religious Shiite parties and the Kurdish parties – advocated …

Daily News Egypt

Is Washington promoting democracy or comedy?

If you did not hear it, the bell for the second round of the new cold war in the Middle East rang on Wednesday, in the form of the United States and Hezbollah trading accusations against each other about assorted sinister aims. There is much that is interesting and important – indeed, historic – about …

Rami G. Khouri

A clash of civilizations in Europe

A year after the wave of violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world protesting the publication of caricatures of Mohammed by a Danish newspaper, frictions between Europe and the Muslim world multiply, threatening to make the “clash of civilizations a self-fulfilling prophecy: Pope Benedict XVI outrages the Muslim world by quoting remarks critical of the Prophet …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt considers buying advanced Russian MiG-29

CAIRO: In what some analysts expect to be a major weapons procurement policy shift, Egypt is considering a Russian offer to sell the advanced MiG-29 fighter jet. Chief of Staff General Hussam Sueweilam told The Daily Star Egypt that Egypt s decision to purchase the MiG-29 fighter planes from Russia should not be considered a …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

President Mubarak turns to Russian, Chinese technical assistance

CAIRO: Despite the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear program and with US efforts to isolate Iran over its reactors, several countries in the Arab world are looking to nuclear power to provide energy. And Egypt is leading the pack. According to the Middle East Economic Digest, Egypt’s program – though stalled since 1984 – is more …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Ironing good enough for kings and pashas

Deep in the heart of Masr Al-Qadima an old tradition survives CAIRO: While most professionals make a point of seeking out modern technology to allow them to finish their work in the fastest and easiest ways possible, a few holdouts refuse to bend to modernity and resist the impulse to upgrade. One of these is …

Ahmed Maged

Palestinian-Jordanians still discriminated against, research shows

‘Stateless’ face strict preconditions for receiving UN relief funds CAIRO: While Jordan may be considered one of the leading destinations for asylum-seeking Palestinian refugees in comparison to other Arab states such as Lebanon and Syria, Palestinian-Jordanians still face extensive socio-economic discrimination in the Hashemite kingdom, research fellow Gudrun Kroner said. According to statistics from the …

Alexandra Sandels

Egypt says dismayed over Israeli actions in Gaza

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said on Saturday he was dismayed at what he called Israel s excessive use of force in a four-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed 39 people. Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, including four militants in air strikes and clashes during one of …

Reuters

Egypt police detain 30 Islamists

CAIRO: Thirty members of Egypt s opposition Muslim Brotherhood, mostly students, have been detained in Cairo s southern suburbs, security sources and the movement s website said Sunday. All detainees are residents of the Helwan neighborhood in southern Cairo and most of them are students, a security official said on condition of anonymity. The arrests …

AFP