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Plainclothes, uniformed police suppress demonstration downtown

Activists had gathered to call for fight against sexual harassment Activists from “The Street is Ours , an opposition group, were barred from holding a demonstration protesting alleged incidents of sexual attacks three weeks ago. Dozens of cars and armored vehicles and hundreds of state security members filled the blocks surrounding the Metro Cinema, the …


Giza garbage protest goes ahead without leader

Activist allegedly detained by authorities in attempt to stop protest march CAIRO: A group of around 40 people chanting the slogan, No money for trash that is not taken away from our houses, marched from Giza Square to the governorate building to protest the governor’s decree to add garbage collection fees to electricity bills. Why …

Alexandra Sandels

Government signs two agreements for landmines and Luxor development

UNDP to supervise two long-term projects to develop areas in North Coast and Upper Egypt CAIRO: We won t leave a stone unturned, said Fathy El-Shazly, head of the National Committee for Clearing Landmines in the North Coast, in reference to a project to clear the areas infested with landmines left behind in conflicts stretching …

Sarah El Sirgany

BG Energy Challenge raises funds and spirits for Upper Egypt

30 teams participated in the 2-day hiking and team-building event CAIRO: It is not every day that you see professionals scaling untouched desert mountains, or screaming towards a finish line with carpets on their shoulders. Just two days of this, however, was enough for 30 teams to raise funds for Upper Egypt, bring company teams …

Deena Douara

The Reel Estate: No, it's not déjà vu, it's a remake!

Both the American and Egyptian cinema rely on this potential road to success CAIRO: Not another bloody remake, one devastated, incensed young man typed out this complaint on one of the message boards for the movie website Rotten Tomatoes after the announcement of a forthcoming remake of the comedy classic Revenge of the Nerds. Film …

Joseph Fahim

Arab League decision reflects frustration in the region

Organization’s stance response to non-existent peace process CAIRO: The Arab League’s decision to lift the financial embargo on the Palestinian territories was a reflection of the frustration in the Middle East, Arab League spokesman and advisor Alaa Roushdy told ITALICS The Daily Star Egypt ITALICS. Roushdy added that the Arab stance was a response to …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Ministries of Communication, Education partner for another PC initiative

Government to supply, subsidize PCs for students and teachers but with conditions CAIRO: Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) Tariq Kamel Tarek Kamel signed off on two agreements with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education Saturday to make computers more affordable to students and teachers. Under the agreement, the government will purchase and …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Nokia-Siemens sets up new office for networks management in Egypt

International technology giants Nokia and Siemens are setting up a joint representative office for networks in Cairo, Nokia-Siemens Networks are to provide support for communication networks in Egypt and Africa, said a senior official at Nokia MENA on Monday. He said, on condition of anonymity, that Nokia-Siemens Networks would start expansion in the market through …

Noozz

Egyptian Arab investors to launch $680 mln petrochemicals complex

Five Egyptian and Arab companies signed an agreement on Monday to set up a new petrochemicals complex in Port Said under the free zones arrangements with total investments estimated at $680 million. The new complex will be constructed on an area of 70.5 feddans. Arab companies from the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Libya will …

Noozz

National Insurance wins deal over LE 500 mln aerial power transmission line

The National Insurance Company of Egypt has won an LE 500 million deal launched by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company in Alexandria and West Delta Region for underwriting its project for an aerial power transmission line extending from Cairo to Sidi Krir through Al-Nubariya. Mohammad Abdullah, head of the National Insurance Company, said on Monday …

Noozz

21 dead in Egypt traffic accidents

Twenty-one people were killed, including two Jordanians, and 22 wounded Tuesday in two separate road accidents south of Cairo, police said. Eighteen Egyptians were killed when a speeding bus lost control and collided with a truck some 20 km south of the capital, police said. Two Jordanians and one Egyptian were killed and six others …

AFP

Starting education early leads to later success

Early childhood education needs attention in Egypt, Arab states CAIRO: Hosted in Cairo for the first time, the Sixth Education for All (EFA) High Level Discussion summit focused Monday on one of the most overlooked development issues in the Arab Middle East – early childhood education. According to Unesco’s EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007, childhood …

Sarah El Sirgany

Al-Jazeera network seeks to dominate . from London

Agence France-Presse LONDON, Nov 14, 2006 (AFP) – Al-Jazeera is out to capitalize on the strategic importance of London as a European capital when it kicks off its English-language service Wednesday. The Al-Jazeera International venture is out to make a splash and has recruited a string of top television faces from the BBC – which …

Daily News Egypt

Start looking for similarities among the world's religions

The West and the Muslim world are multi-faceted, multi-cultural, and multi-religious realms despite the narrow way they are often viewed and defined. There are millions of Muslims in the West, and there are millions of individuals of other faiths in the “Muslim world. There are underlying relationships between these supposed separate worlds that exist in …

Daily News Egypt

The four occupations smothering the Middle East

When the United Nation Development Program’s Arab Human Development reports appeared a few years ago, the authors spoke with sanitized language. When analyzing political tyranny in the Middle East, they dubbed oppressive governance as “freedom deficit. This medical diagnosis of the “deficit in freedom treated tyranny as if it were a nutritional lack, a problem …

Daily News Egypt

Arab democrats are being abandoned

Now that the Democrats have won control of both the House and the Senate, President George W. Bush has finally succumbed to pressure and replaced his unpopular defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, with an old-school conservative, Robert Gates. Those advocating engagement with Syrian and Iran over Iraq seem to have taken a major step forward toward …

Daily News Egypt

Arab League lifts Palestinian financial blockade

Moussa says this is message to those unfriendly to Arabs CAIRO: The Arab League has decided to lift the financial blockade on Palestine in response to the US veto of a UN Security Council draft resolution condemning the Israeli attack on the Gaza town of Beit Hanun last Wednesday. “Our message is loud and clear …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Basil might hold the secret for diabetics

Physician claims that cures for diabetes meet pharmaceutical opposition CAIRO: For millions of diabetics worldwide insulin remains the sole medication available that offers temporary relief from the progressive illness. One researcher, who has produced a remedy he says is effective against the widespread disease, claims that pharmaceutical companies want to keep it that way. “If …

Ahmed Maged

China and Egypt sign science and technology cooperation agreement

Critic: agreement only publicity – Egypt not yet qualified for partnership CAIRO: China and Egypt have signed a science and technology cooperation agreement whereby Egypt will receive assistance in developing its IT, health, agriculture and energy sectors and conduct joint research projects with China to be financed by a joint fund, representatives of both countries …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Egypt police detain opposition activist

CAIRO: Egyptian police have detained the opposition Kefaya movement s coordinator in western Cairo hours before he planned a demonstration to demand better public services, the movement said on its Web site on Monday. Mohamed El-Ashkar, an activist who organizes Kefaya in Giza province, was picked up and questioned on Sunday, it said. A few …

Reuters

Is that a LE 500 bill in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Merchants and government employees sarcastic about new bills CAIRO: The New Year will see the introduction of two new bills to the lineup of denominations in Egypt’s currency. The announcement has been met with varied reactions from the public, banking officials and authorities on economics. Farouq Al-Oqda, chairman of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), …

Daily News Egypt

France backs Egyptian plan to break Darfur deadlock

The third way may be the key to breaking the stalemate CAIRO: France pledged to step up its peacekeeping funding and to cooperate with an Egyptian plan to break the diplomatic stalemate that has paralyzed peace efforts in the war torn Darfur region of Sudan, according to reports. The Egyptian plan could see troops from …

Sarah El Sirgany

A win for democracy!

A special thank you to peacemakers who communicated the truth about the illegal invasion of Iraq. Our individual conversations, presentations, newspaper articles, books, movies, phone calls, teaching events, peace demonstrations, radio interviews, television interviews, and prayers do make a difference. In the Freedom From War organization alone, the above actions enabled us to educate over …

Daily News Egypt

Piecing together a modern work of art

Artist Ketty Abdel-Malek exhibits her latest collection of mosaics Mosaics are composed of hard, tough materials: stone and marble pieced together to form an abstract image that is surprisingly fluid and even gentle in some cases. “It’s music, it’s balance, it’s a weight of colors together, artist Ketty Abdel-Malak describes her latest exhibition of modern …

Aida Nassar

A Lens to the Past: Depicting a modern intellectual

Taha Hussein (Nov. 14, 1889-Oct. 28, 1973) was considered to be one of the most influential writers and intellectuals, and a founder to the modernist movement in Egypt. Hussein was born in the village of Izbet El-Kilo in El-Minia. He became blind at the age of three after contracting an eye infection that was wrongly …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The past, present, and future of nuclear power in Egypt

Expert discusses safety measures, Egyptian scientific base for program CAIRO: In light of recent announcements, a myriad of questions have arisen about the potential ramifications of a revitalized nuclear energy program in Egypt and its repercussions in terms of safety, feasibility and scientific know-how. With the original program, begun in the 1950s, stalled since the …

Deena Douara