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The European Union is being unfair with Turkey

Turkey has been given what looks like an ultimatum from the European Union Commission: open your ports for ships from Cyprus within a month, or you may risk a halt to the EU accession talks now underway. At the same time, the Commission’s latest report on Turkey’s progress toward accession notes that political reforms htave …

Daily News Egypt

Hezbollah: pragmatic but not reformist

Serious thinking about reforming Lebanon’s fragile and inefficient system of governance has been among the casualties of the recent war. Political reform has never topped the agenda of Lebanon’s leaders, including the one actor most people believe would benefit most: Hezbollah. A closer look at the reasoning behind Hezbollah’s political strategy can explain why it …

Daily News Egypt

Don't wrongly assume Arab strongmen are the right man

The recent American election has brought an unhappy convergence of left and right, a bizarre meeting of the minds in which liberals who despise the American mission in Iraq and conservatives who value stability over democracy agree: President George W. Bush’s freedom agenda must end. Iraq, unsurprisingly, is at the heart of misgivings about advancing …

Daily News Egypt

Religious scholars slam Farouk Hosny for anti veil remarks

Minister’s supporters fear disproportionate reactions for expressing their opinion CAIRO: Farouk Hosny, Minister of Culture, set off a firestorm late last week when he criticized the hijab head scarf and those who chose to wear it. His remarks garnered swift and often angry reactions from Egyptian and Arab religious scholars, some of whom said Egyptian …

Sarah El Sirgany

Moheiddin: Gafi to remain under Ministry of Investment control

CAIRO: Minister of Investment Mahmoud Moheiddin said Friday the government has no intention of separating the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (Gafi) from the Ministry of Investment (MOI), despite the latter s ongoing success and resulting expansion. Moheiddin also acknowledged that more needs to be done to combat corruption in Egypt s business …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

African scientists urge cooperation with NGOs, rewarding innovation at Cairo conference

Participants endorse basic science over sophisticated science for continent s advancement CAIRO: African scientists and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives issued 18 recommendations Friday, lobbying for targeted promotion of science and technology in schools and more cooperation between governments and NGOs throughout the continent. The recommendations came one week after the three-day meeting of the 2nd …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Israeli minister calls for invading Gaza, border with Egypt

Experts term hardliner’s recommendation “saber rattling CAIRO: An Israeli minister has reiterated calls for his country’s military to invade and occupy the Gaza Strip, including the border region with Egypt. Avigdor Lieberman, the minister for strategic threats, said Israel’s security depends in part on “taking back control of the Gaza-Egypt border to stop weapons smuggling. …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

A LENS TO THE PAST: The Egyptian Cinderella

As King Farouk’s second wife, Nariman Sadiq (Oct. 31, 1933-Feb. 16, 2005) – the daughter of Husain Fahmi Sadiq Bey, a high-ranking official in the Egyptian government, and his wife Asila Kamil – was the last Queen of Egypt. Farouk divorced his first wife, Queen Farida, in 1948, after a ten-year marriage in which she …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Ahli's Jose says he should coach Portugal

Reuters CAIRO: Manuel Jose, who led Egypt s Al-Ahli to a second successive African Champions League title last week, says he deserves to take over as Portugal coach when Luiz Felipe Scolari leaves. Brazilian Scolari, who was appointed four years ago, agreed in July to extend his contract until 2008. Former Benfica, Boavista and Sporting …

Alaa Shahine

Children gunned down at UN School in Gaza

CAIRO: Two schoolchildren were shot and wounded by snipers at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Beit Lahia Elementary School in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, according to a press release issued by the agency. Seven-year-old schoolboy Ahmed Isam Abdel-Aziz was struck by a bullet …

Alexandra Sandels

The roots of sexual harassment

Police concentrate on political role at expense of social responsibilities CAIRO: Can the ever-increasing phenomenon of sexual harassment in the streets of Cairo be attributed to a social malaise or political discontent? Can its roots be traced to the arena of sexuality or religion? Or was it just a security meltdown? A discussion held at …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Foreigners among dead in fatal road accident

CAIRO: Six people, including a Frenchman and an Italian, were killed and four others injured Saturday in a road accident in Egypt, the official Mena agency said. One car collided into another after its tire burst near the village of Bahnasa, some 240 km south of Cairo, Mena said. The injured were taken to a …

AFP

Egypt says UN report alleging arms embargo violations in Somalia is false

CAIRO: Egypt s Foreign Ministry on Friday denied allegations made in a UN report claiming it was one of several countries providing guns, money, training and other supplies to Somalia s government and a rival Islamic movement in violation of an international arms embargo. The UN panel, charged with monitoring the arms embargo on Somalia, …

AP

Singing it up in Harry's Pub

Karaoke draws a distinguished crowd CAIRO: A balanced diet, a balanced weekend I thought. On Thursday night it was a rich steaming stew of ideas served up by author and historian, William Dalyrmple at an AUC lecture, and on Friday night, karaoke at Harry’s Pub provided the pudding. Dalyrmple is an authority on the history …

Peter A. Carrigan

Conversation with a proven peace-maker

When you want to make peace, it is useful to turn to a proven peace-maker. The other day in New York I had a chance to sit down with one of the successful peace-makers of our time and explore the lessons of his own rich experience, especially in view of current attempts to revive a …

Rami G. Khouri

For Democrats to fly, they must unite the party's wings

The Democrats now have the opportunity the Republicans spurned, which is to build a broad coalition in the center and become once again the nation’s governing party. But to achieve that, the Democrats must stand for values that connect with those of most Americans. The center is meaningless, after all, except as a platform for …

David Ignatius

The EU should put up or shut up in Afghanistan

Time is running out for success in Afghanistan. The Nato summit in Riga of Nov. 28-29 may be the last chance to pull that country back from the brink. Nato assumed responsibility for providing security for all of Afghanistan in October. While about 8,000 of the 20,000 United States troops in Afghanistan operate independently, the …

Daily News Egypt

Nazif no- show at investment conference

Second conference within month that PM fails to attend Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif failed to attend an investment conference Friday at which he was due to give a keynote address as part of the delegation receiving Singapore President Sellapan Ramanathan on his visit to Egypt. This time it was the Second World Association for Investment …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Demonstrators say judicial independence key to democracy

Opposition group Kefaya called for a demonstration in support of judicial independence on Friday, to coincide with a meeting of the Judges syndicate. Only 30 people attended the demonstration. “People are afraid, said Kefaya member Ahmed Abdel Latif. “If we do anything, state security will come and attack us. The judges met to begin contentious …


Sci-tech: Mad-capped photo-fun

Photo sharing websites, innovation, and online communities The widening popularity of photography can possibly be credited to the digital revolution. Instead of getting your holiday snaps developed at the local pharmacy, you can just plug your camera, and increasingly your mobile phone or handset, into a computer to view your memories. For years now there …

Wael Elazab

For Those Looking for a Healthy Snack . Opt For Danette

Danette . A Blend of Nutrition and Pleasure As part of its efforts to offer healthy and nutritious products to Egyptian families, Danone now presents Danette, its world-leading brand in the healthy dessert segment. Danette seeks to solve the everyday dilemma that mothers face with their children when they attempt to offer them healthy and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Uncle Sam comes to Cairo

The El-Sawy Cultural Center attempts to contribute to Egyptian-American cultural exchange Is Abe Lincoln wearing a fez and George Washington in a pharaoh’s headdress hokey? A bit, but blatant attempts at “cultural dialogue, often can’t avoid the hokey. Overall, El-Sawy Cultural Center’s show of Egyptian and American artists is an interesting mix of two heritages. …

Daily News Egypt

Champions despite all, but what awaits Al-Ahli in Japan?

We were wrong again, but who’s complaining? We said Sfaxien would beat Al-Ahli for the African Champions League; the opposite happened, but who cares? Our credibility was seriously thrown into doubt, but so what? We lost, but our team won and that’s what counts. However, lest our prediction be totally trashed, the truth is that …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

The early morning quicker picker upper

It’s more important than an apple a day or the box of vitamins lying lazily on the counter. It’s needed by everyone; the human body craves it and just can’t do without it. So why is breakfast the most neglected meal of the day? In the economic hustle and bustle of the modern age, many …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

The great debate: what is the optimal weight loss diet?

New Harvard research shows that low carb, high-fat diet doesn’t increase risk of heart disease CAIRO: Going on a diet these days is no simple feat, aside from an infinite supply of will power, you need to learn to eat correctly to optimize weight loss. With rows and rows of diet books stacked on bookstore …

Daily Star Egypt Staff