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Palestine: How Weak is Hamas?

Negotiations for a unity government between Fatah and Hamas are the fruit of international pressure, which has forced Hamas to consider sacrificing some of its formal authority within the Palestinian Authority (PA) despite the fact that the Islamic movement and its allies hold 77 out of 132 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). How …

Daily News Egypt

Leprosy in Egypt on the wane again: WHO

Once considered incurable, treatment widely available The number of leprosy patients in Egypt has started to fall again, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). The United Nations body reported 134 leprosy patients in 2005. “[The number of] leprosy cases reported in 2003 is 1,412, while in 2004 …

Sarah El Sirgany

Workers Demand Changes to Election System, Fear Fraud

Workers Protest Election Laws, Demand Changes CAIRO- Members of Workers for Change (WFC), an affiliate of the Egyptian Movement for Change (Kefaya), demanded judicial oversight in a demonstration at the High Court downtown yesterday. Students and workers from local factories rallied at the buildings main entrance holding banners that said “No to fraudulent union elections, …

Daily News Egypt

Rumors about the Metro Cinema theater riots persist

What happened on Oct.24, the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, in downtown Cairo? According to shop owners in the vicinity of Metro Cinema near Talaat Harb Square, up to a thousand young men accosted several women in the area between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. According to eyewitness reports, the men had been …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israeli official: No decision yet on Gaza operation

Egypt wants to prevent arms smuggling through tunnels An Israeli official told The Daily Star Egypt that “no decision has been made regarding Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement yesterday that the military would launch an operation in the Gaza Strip. The comments come two days after nearly 5,000 Egyptian security police were deployed in …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Egypt vows to ease restrictions on presidential bids

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promised Monday to ease restrictions on running for the country s top job. At a meeting of MPs from his ruling National Democratic Party, Mubarak vowed to amend Article 76 of the constitution which says a legal party must control five percent of both houses of parliament to field a …

AFP

World experts meet in Cairo to tackle health needs of developing nations

CAIRO: The Global Forum for Health Research launched its international conference towards “Combating disease and promoting health in developing countries on Sunday. First Lady Suzanne Mubarak kicked off the conference, delivering the keynote speech focusing on gender issues. Mrs. Mubarak suggested that while health issues centered on a woman’s reproductive years have received attention, there …

Deena Douara

Where there is no will, there is a way for Sfax

Sfax of Tunisia managed a 1-1 draw in Cairo Stadium against championship holders Al-Ahli. The Tunisians, who have never won the African Champions League tournament, obviously had more willpower than ever before yesterday as they took on titleholders Al-Ahli and 85,000 incensed football fans. To the home crowd’s disappointment, the cheering fans, the number of …

Daily News Egypt

Jailed cleric Hamza appeals against convictions

LONDON: Jailed Islamic cleric Abu Hamza Al-Masri begins a legal challenge on Monday against his convictions for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder. Egyptian-born Hamza, 48, was jailed for seven years in February after being found guilty of 11 of 15 charges. The charges mostly referred to sermons he delivered in the late 1990s. His …

Reuters

Thirty Egyptian tech firms to participate in GITEX Dubai 2006

CAIRO: Over thirty Egyptian companies will participate in the GITEX Dubai 2006 exhibition scheduled for Nov. 18-22 this year with support from the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) will be responsible for the organization and arrangement of Egyptian companies’ participation in the event. Mohammad Emran, chief …

Noozz

GAID approves a new beet sugar plant at $160 million of capital

CAIRO: The General Authority for Industrial Development (GAID) has approved a proposal from investors to create a new beet sugar factory with a capital of $160 million (approximately LE 916 million), said Amr Assal, chairman of GAID. He pointed out that the new joint-stock company will produce sugar and cattle fodder from beet plant. The …

Noozz

Ministry of finance to announce new bill on pensions in Q1 2007

CAIRO: The Minister of Finance Yousef Botrus Ghali said on Sunday that a ministerial committee has prepared a new bill on pensions, which is currently being reviewed by concerned government agencies. “The new bill will create a high commission for pensions with representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Investment, the Ministry of …

Noozz

Egyptian subsidiary of Honda likely to be acquired by India

MUMBAI: India s top motorcycle maker, Hero Honda Motors Ltd., is likely to acquire subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co in Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, and other African countries, the Business Standard reported on Monday. New Delhi-based Hero Honda, in which India s Munjal family and Japan s Honda each hold 26 percent, would manufacture its …

Reuters

Playing the game of love to its conventional conclusion

Abol Naga and Hind Sabry shine in another predictable comedy A few days ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about last summer’s film “The Yacoubian Building. Unlike him, I thought the film was exceedingly overrated and possessed a faint cinematic vision. His response to my criticism was the classic reaction …

Joseph Fahim

Love and Marriage: new show laments state of the family

Overly idyllic but charmingly fuzzy family memories of a time gone by While the disintegration of the traditional family is a cause célèbre among conservative politicians, Christian evangelists, and religious groups in America – it s not usually a topic discussed in Egypt s liberal art world. Still, the unusual nature of the subject nature …

Jered Stuffco

Counting the fractions of low-brow comedies

Dumb fun is the common denominator for Eid movie releases There is a saying about Egyptian movies released during the Eid al-Fitr holidays. Or, if not, there should be: They are dumb fun. Rami Imam s 1/8 Dastet Ashrar (1/8 of an Evil Dozen) does not fail this epithet. It is one eighth Ocean s …

Deena Douara

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis did not win, Mr. President

In 2002, I addressed a television audience somewhere in North America and explained that the American adventure in Iraq was doomed to failure. Of course, this was not a welcome notion, especially when the viewing public had been nurtured on a bevy of carefully calculated propaganda plots assisted by various so-called Iraqi exiles, many of …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

The scandal of Gaza

Israel has killed 2,300 Gazans over the past six years, including 300 in the four months since Corporal Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid by Palestinian fighters on June 25. The wounded can be counted in the tens of thousands. Most of the casualties are civilians, many of them children. The killing continues …

Daily News Egypt

Saudi Arabia: Local Councils Struggling to Produce Results

The local councils of Saudi Arabia elected in spring 2005, still in their formative stages, have yet to make their mark on municipal decision-making. They are caught between the promises that they made to voters during last year s elections and the reality of dealing with local governments known for deeply ingrained bureaucracy. Although it …

Daily News Egypt

Khan El-Khalili stores backed by the 'mighty dollar'

Chief of US foreign assistance program sees results of small business loans CAIRO: The chief of America s foreign assistance program got a firsthand look Saturday at the results of US-backed small business loans, visiting shops in Cairo s 600-year-old Khan El-Khalili market district whose owners obtained financing under the loan program. The overall objective …

AP

In spite of disappearing traditions, you can't miss Eid in Cairo

More people buying kahk than making it, but holiday spirit in the air CAIRO: Egyptians love to celebrate and Eid Al-Fitr is no exception. While some of the delightful customs long associated with the holiday have fallen by the wayside, others are going strong. Mass preparations for Eid started two days before the holiday, when …

Sarah El Sirgany

Suez crisis marked first ever UN deployment

CAIRO: Fifty years ago, the UN s first peacekeeping force was deployed in Egypt in a bid to end the Suez crisis that erupted when Britain, France and Israel launched a concerted assault on the canal zone. Since then, around a million men and women have served and some 2,000 have died in 60 UN …

AFP

Egypt shares rise, Orascom up on Algeria optimism

CAIRO: Egyptian shares jumped on Sunday, with Orascom Telecom climbing more than 4 percent following an announcement it was raising its stake in its Algerian subsidiary, dealers said. They said retail investors were also in the market in force following the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, and their generally positive sentiment had pushed up favorites EFG-Hermes and …

Reuters

Solana and Mubarak talks center on Palestinian issue

New governmental approach imperative to jumpstart peace process CAIRO: The European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana met with President Hosni Mubarak yesterday in a bid to jumpstart the moribund Middle East peace process, according to an EU spokeswoman. The discussions centered on the creation of a new Palestinian unity government, which would allow a …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt to "secure tunnels once and for all"

Police force deployed to Egypt-Gaza border Nearly 5,000 state security police were deployed in the vicinity of the Egypt-Gaza border to “secure the tunnels allegedly used to smuggle weapons to and from the Palestinian territories once and for all, a military analyst said. Dr. Mohammed Kadry Saeed, military expert at Al-Ahram Center for Political and …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Hamas says deal on prisoner swap 'close'

CAIRO: A deal to release an Israeli soldier captured last June by Palestinian militants in exchange for Palestinians held in Israel is close to being sealed, a spokesman for the ruling Palestinian Hamas movement said Sunday. We are close to a deal but it is tied to an Israeli response, Osama Hamdan said. There is …

AFP

An unlikely ally: Middle East scholar to build bridges

Beinin: US needs a more Arabic-proficient pool of experts The increasing clash of civilizations rhetoric comes at a time, perhaps, when just the right person is here to help bridge such gap. He is not an Arab defending himself to the West, but rather was raised in New Jersey, leading a leftist Zionist club in …

Deena Douara