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Revisiting the debate on America's pro-Israel lobby

Is there a rational, sensible middle ground between those who question or deny the Holocaust against the Jews and threaten to wipe out Israel, and those who maintain that Israel can do no wrong and must receive perpetual American support? That middle ground has been thin in recent years. In the United States, in particular, …

Rami G. Khouri

Zamalek fail to strike Toulan deal

CAIRO: Helmi Toulan won t be Zamalek s new manager as both sides failed to strike a deal on Saturday, the Cairo side said. Portuguese manager Manuel Cajuda was sacked after Zamalek lost 2-0 to Masri in the Egyptian League on Friday. Their third defeat of the season almost put them out of the title …

filgoal.com

British airliner leaving Egypt makes emergency landing in Greece

ATHENS: A Boeing 767-200 aircraft with 183 passengers on board belonging to the British airline XL made an emergency landing late Saturday at Athens, a Greek airport official said. The pilot of the aircraft, flying from Egypt to London s Gatwick airport, asked Greek authorities to land at Athens airport after developing a problem with …

AFP

Public outcry against parents torturing, killing toddlers

CAIRO: Recent cases reported in the press of parents and step parents murdering or torturing toddlers and small kids have shocked the nation. They sounded the alarm that some parents should remain under strict watch as they bring up their young ones. It was reported Thursday that two men were sentenced to death and hanged …

Ahmed Maged

Ahly wins third place in the Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA, Japan: African champions Al Ahly beat Club America 2-1 on Sunday to take third place in the Club World Cup. Playmaker Mohamed Aboutrika scored a trademark free-kick and also got the winner after Salvador Cabanas s 59th-minute equalizer. Third spot is a vast improvement on last year s showing by the Egyptian giants, who …

AFP

Blair calls talk of Iran dialogue 'overstated'

CAIRO: British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Saturday he thought talk of the West opening dialogue with Iran and Syria on how to defuse regional tensions and help stem violence in Iraq had been overstated . Blair criticized Tehran for backing forces that are seeking to destabilize the government of Lebanon, and Palestinian President …

Reuters

Abou-Treika brace gives Ahli World Cup bronze medal

A double salvo from Mohamed Abou-Treika helped Ahli edge Mexico s Club America with a 2-1 victory on Sunday to clinch the bronze medal in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup. The Egypt international put Ahli ahead three minutes before the interval with a trademark free-kick before Salvador Cabanas leveled the score on the hour. …

filgoal.com

Last French Islamist deported from Egypt

CAIRO: The last of a group of 11 French Islamists detained in Egypt last month on suspicion of involvement with terrorist organizations was deported Sunday, security sources said. Youri Sorokine flew out of Cairo early Sunday, a security official said on condition of anonymity, and could be released upon his return to France. “This file …

Agencies

German economic locomotive helped by Egypt trade

Economic relations with Egypt have profited the German economy with benefits to both countries in their push for increased trade, Dominik Mutter, head of the German embassy’s economic section said Thursday. “Of course, we would like to have growth rates like Egypt , Mutter said, referring to the 6% at which the Egyptian economy is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Blom Bank Egypt expands into brokerage activities

Blom Bank Egypt has concluded its acquisition of the Investia brokerage firm in Egypt and re-launched the company as Blom Securities, according the Saad Al-Azhari, the bank’s chairman. He said that the bank’s takeover of a large brokerage firm in Egypt was part of its strategy to expand in the financial market after acquisition of …

Noozz

How about Tut's mask for Christmas?

This past week I had three jobs on my agenda. Stealing Tutankhamun’s death mask from the Egyptian Museum, buying a Secret Santa gift for a colleague and fish. There is a fire escape that runs down the back wall of the Egyptian Museum on Midan Tahrir and I often wondered if a daring thief could …

Peter A. Carrigan

Fear of Egyptian state and 'evil eye' challenge census takers

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt this week wraps up its nationwide census, but what is a perfectly normal exercise in many countries was met with skepticism in a society where a knock on the door by the state is often bad news. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas) is finalizing the count of …

Daily News Egypt

Cairo University to get hi-tech library

New building meshes old with new Construction is well underway on a building that will house the new Cairo University Central Library. Dr Aly Raafat from Inter-Consult, the architect who designed the building, told The Daily Star Egypt “The most important thing in building the new structure was to combine aspects of a digital library …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Posing as a journalist, thief makes off with scoop

It’s the new craze in the world of swindling. To extort money from his victims, a con man poses as a journalist and claims he would help people receive media attention for their problems, Al Gomhouria daily reported. In one such case, an avid reader of Al Gomhouria’s agony aunt column diligently followed readers’ letters …

Ahmed Maged

Egypt's Bahais await trial verdict on status

CAIRO: For the fewer than 2,000 Bahais living in Egypt without official status and facing increased political and legal entanglements, Saturday’s ruling by the First Circuit of the Supreme Administrative Court will determine their destiny in their homeland. In April, the Egyptian Administrative Justice Court ruled in favor of two Bahai parents who requested birth …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Ottawa launches torture investigation

Canadian citizen says he was wrongly imprisoned in Egypt CAIRO: Investigators in Canada will launch a probe into allegations that a Canadian citizen suspected of links to Al-Qaeda was wrongly detained and tortured by Egyptian police, The Daily Star Egypt has learned. The investigation will look into whether Canadian security officers were implicit in the …

Jered Stuffco

Sports Talk: Could be better

It’s a pity Ahly didn’t make it to the final of the World Club Championship (WCC) in Japan. A final appearance would have looked good on Ahly’s CV. But the club shouldn’t be too upset because the WCC is really not all that it’s cracked up to be. The WCC could easily rival and in …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

DVD rental in Cairo

Looking for a DVD rental? In a corner street in the Mohandiseen neighborhood, hidden amongst trees and buildings, is your solution. “Better Music is a small store loaded with everything from the latest movies to vinyl records. You can find movies of all genres, such as romantic comedy, action, period pieces, thrillers and drama. Best …

Daily News Egypt

Pounding the pavement: joggers of Cairo; unite and take over!

Work up a sweat by battling traffic, smog and cracked sidewalks CAIRO: Strapping on your sneakers and going for a jog in this cramped city of 17 million people is like swimming laps in a shark tank. The roads are packed with aggressive drivers leaning on their horns, the sidewalks are treacherous and the air …

Jered Stuffco

Sci-tech: Video game frenzy

The future’s so bright, I gotta get another console Much is made of ‘soccer wives’ during the World Cup. These are the women all but abandoned by their pub-bound husbands for the whole month of football’s top championship. There are now even holidays that cater to women during World Cup season, promising a comparable escape …

Wael Elazab

Is breastfeeding: nature's best kept diet secret?

CAIRO: Would you have believed that that the secret to the killer Britney Spears and Victoria Beckham body was breast feeding? That’s what they said on a TV interview. The show claimed that women can lose up to 5000 calories a day simply by breastfeeding, which is a lot more calories than a diet or …

Farah El Alfy

Suez Canal expects more Chinese vessels

Movement of shipments between China and Europe through the Egyptian Suez Canal is expected to grow significantly, according to Galal Al-Deeb, chairman’s advisor at the Suez Canal Authority. “A tripartite agreement between Egypt, China and Italy will allow shipments passing through the Suez Canal and Egyptian ports to land on the Southern Italian port of …

Noozz

Cairo Carousel: Simon .oops, Ehud . says jump, baby, jump!

There are those who would say I am a megalomaniac . something along the lines of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Who could forget when Palpatine grilled Samuel Jackson’s Mace Windu and screamed in typical Sith blood-curdling fashion “POWER! UNLIMITED POWER . Power, megalomania, super-ego, id, all the lovely words your friendly neighborhood psychoanalyst taught you before …

Daily News Egypt

Lebanon's medium-term magic bullet

Lebanon’s current crisis is a reminder of the country’s enduring political polarization along political and confessional fault lines. It represents a struggle between two fundamentally different visions for the country that also involve foreign powers, in which local leaders exercise little influence over final decision-making. Luckily, there is a chance to reverse this. Lebanon’s fragile …

Daily News Egypt

Jordan carefully measures its democratic openings

For the sixth time this year, Human Rights Watch is questioning Jordan’s commitment to abolishing provisions in its penal code used solely to silence opposition figures. In November, Adnan Abu Odeh, a former head of the Royal Court was investigated for allegedly insulting the king and inciting sectarian strife during televised remarks. By voicing the …

Daily News Egypt

Women on top, or normalization by equal opportunity

What will Group of Eight summit meetings have American President Hillary Clinton and French President Segolene Royal join German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a formidable triangle of women’s power? The scenario is not altogether unlikely. Indeed, in the United States and France, there are even alternative female candidates for the presidency (Condoleezza Rice in the …

Daily News Egypt