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Homemade snacks

CAIRO: Whenever you hear that friends or family are coming over to watch a football game or even a movie, food delivery is always the first choice. Pizza and chips and dips, of course, are all time favorite for large informal gatherings. But adding some homemade snacks to the table gives the guests more options …

Daily News Egypt

Football hues

Colorful trainers at the center of World Cup fashion CAIRO: Fashion and football often come together. Sometimes sports borrow something from fashion or vise versa. Some football players become even more inspiring than fashion icons, setting the trends for the upcoming seasons. With the World Cup 2006 kicking off, the world better be ready for …

Farah El Alfy

Crossing the line between reality and fantasy

World Cup fans sign up for virtual football game linked to the tournament CAIRO: I was sitting with my husband watching a football game. A team scored and my husband had a big grin whispering “yes. A few minutes later the same team scored, his grin suddenly switched to a frown. I didn’t understand and …

Daily News Egypt

Bar Association calls for political freedom

Solidarity with detained activists and judges reaffirmed CAIRO: In a conference hosted by the freedom committee of Egypt’s Bar Association, the opposition, independent political forces and Muslim Brotherhood renewed their criticism of the regime and re-asserted their solidarity with the detained pro-reform activists and the previously prosecuted judges. “We are convened here today to show …

Pakinam Amer

IRI's closure highlights difficulty of working in Egypt

U.S. use democracy institute as reason for cutting aid CAIRO: On June 4, the International Republican Institute (IRI) was asked to stop all functions by the government until it had received a permit to conduct their activities in the country. The IRI has closed its office in Cairo until further notice, and have even begun …

Joseph Mayton

Egyptians struggle with their reaction to El Zarqawi

CAIRO: Confusion dominates Arab and Egyptian reactions to Abu Mosab El Zarqawi s death. Was he freedom fighter, terrorist or American agent? Talking to several Cairenes gives no straight answer to the question. Diaa Rashwan, political analyst at Al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies, says that based on his conversations with other locals …

Sarah El Sirgany

Play highlights Muslim family's beliefs, conflicts

ATLANTA: As the college-age daughter of Egyptian immigrants living in Starkville, Mississippi, Suehyla El-Attar felt isolated. The only idea I had was, I just need to get out of here, said El-Attar, who turned those feelings of isolation and culture clash into a play, The Perfect Prayer. The Perfect Prayer is the semi-autobiographical story of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel allows Egyptian relief aid into Gaza

CAIRO: Israel allowed seven lorries loaded with Egyptian food aid to enter the Gaza Strip through its territory Thursday after the goods had been blocked for more than a month, security sources said. The 66 tons of flour and sugar donated by the Islamic Sharia Association was allowed through the Kerem Shalom crossing, on Israeli …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Is the Eiffel Tower off limits to Egyptians?

CAIRO: Tourism is one of Egypt’s largest sectors of the economy. Foreign nationals flock to each year in order to see the ancient and modern wonders that Egypt offers. Yet, it has become evident that some Egyptians are not given the same opportunity to travel abroad. The story of one Egyptian man and his desire …

Joseph Mayton

Egyptians prepare for costly World Cup view

Millions to miss seeing it on national television Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Watching this year s World Cup tournament could turn out to be an expensive experience for millions of Egyptian fans after talks to broadcast the event freely on state television hit a snag. The government continued Thursday to negotiate a deal with the Arab …

Daily News Egypt

Empowered by the superpower

Grass-root organizations supported by the U.S. government review their progress ALEXANDRIA: About 30 members of NGOs and political movements from throughout the region gathered in Egypt this week to exchange their experiences and attend seminars arranged by the American government s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) on issues relevant to civil societies All participants belong …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

My Name Is Bond

http://www.mi6.co.uk/mi6.php3 My favorite Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). That’s the one where James Bond gets married, although his wife gets conveniently killed shortly thereafter. The story is preposterous, but the surprises keep piling up, and the stunts are great (ski chases and car chases). And most of all, the score is …

Daily News Egypt

Arab security services and the crisis in democratic change

The lack of democratic breakthroughs worthy of mention in Arab countries has spurred debate about barriers to change. Much of this debate has focused on economic, social and cultural factors, or on the fragility of political forces demanding democracy. The debate would be incomplete, however, without a discussion of the means by which authoritarian Arab …

Daily News Egypt

Batman meets Aladdin in the form of 21st century comic book heroes

Middle Eastern super heroes to take America Associated Press LOS ANGELES: If Batman had a twin sister, her name most likely would be Aya, princess of darkness. Just like Batman s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, Middle Eastern comic book superstar Aya launched her quest for vengeance against evil after witnessing her father s murder. And while …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

Pay to watch CAIRO: Football, by far, is the most popular sport in Egypt, and while Egypt participated in the World Cup in 1934 and 1990, Egyptian football fans will have to content themselves with watching other nations vie for the coveted trophy. Egyptians, like the rest of the Middle East, will be unable to …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Egyptian government criticized for approach against HIV/AIDS

HRW says Egypt and Syria need to “face facts CAIRO: The U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) on June 1 criticized Egypt and Syria for not being explicit enough in the fight against HIV/AIDS and for threatening to derail last week s UN General Assembly meeting on the subject. Fifty thousand people will die this week …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

UN Human Rights Council: contested elections except for Africa

The good news is that, finally, the UN has replaced the badly reputed Human Rights Commission with the newly established Human Rights Council. The old body was a symbol of UN dysfunction as human rights violators gained seats in it and used their positions to prevent any censuring of their policies. Hopefully, it won’t work …

Daily News Egypt

Shadows in the dark

Filmmaker documents last year’s Sudanese refugee protest CAIRO: When filmmaker Ahmed El Kady arrived in Cairo in October 2005, after working on a film in Berlin, he was astonished and intrigued about what he found in the center of Cairo. Amid the busy, lively streets of Mohandiseen, Sudanese refugees were camped out in a square …

Farah El Alfy

Landscaping 101

Good landscaping, good results CAIRO: Before I started writing this article, I had to indulge in a lot of reading about landscaping. I’m assuming most urbanites, like myself, know precious little about the subject. Yes, everyone enjoys an attractive college campus, golf course and shopping center, but how many people know what is involved in …

Daily News Egypt

Creative edge

Ganzeer studio creates a forum for Arab graphic artists and designers CAIRO: The great Walt Disney once said, “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality. Well, here in Egypt, those “people have arrived. Three artists, all under 25 …

Farah El Alfy

Arab League celebrates

  ŠΘ # # # The event was organized by the Arab League in coordination with Bahrain, here, Magda and Amr Moussa and Ola Ragab # # There was an art gallery in which many young adults and children from different nationalities participated, in addition to each writing a letter that was put in a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Designing a cosmopolitan

An overview of the influences on Cairo’s changing skyline CAIRO: Cairo has been aptly dubbed “the city of a thousand minarets. The sheer numbers of mosques dotted around the city have dominated its character in recent history, though Coptic churches and Pharaonic monuments have vied for their share of attention. Today, a glance over the …

Aida Nassar

Detentions continue for pro-reform protesters

CAIRO: Jail time was extended Wednesday for 50 members of the Muslim Brotherhood and two activists. Mohamed El Sharkawy and Karim El Shaer, two activists who have been in the spotlight over the past two weeks for the alleged kidnapping, torture and sexual abuse perpetrated against them, were given another 15 days in prison. The …

Joseph Mayton

Egypt hopes full Iraqi government will lead to reconciliation

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak expressed hope Thursday that the completion of Iraq s government would help bring about reconciliation in the war-ravaged country. President Mubarak expressed … his hope that the Iraqi government will succeed in creating an atmosphere for holding the Iraqi reconciliation conference, presidential spokesman Suleiman Awwad told reporters. Awwad said Mubarak s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Owner of sunken ferry to return to Egypt to face trial

CAIRO: The owner of a Red Sea ferry which caught fire and sank in February with the loss of over 1,000 lives said in an interview that he would come back to Egypt from Britain to face trial on negligence charges. I will return and appear in court accompanied by my son because I trust …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Incorporating Islamic finance into MBA program

Course addresses growing need for Islamic skills CAIRO: Over the past 40 years, Islamic banking has grown from a niche business to a promising alternative to mainstream banking. Today, multi-billion dollar deals are made Sharia-compliant to tap into an estimated supply of some $500 billion in funds seeking consistency with Islamic principles. In order to …


Press round-up

Local writers focus on parliamentary mishaps, soldiers death CAIRO: Enjoy the bad because the worst is coming up, was the opening quote of Khairy Ramadan s article in Al-Masry Al-Youm last Tuesday. Khairy linked two of the most prominent news items that have dominated editorials throughout the week: the ongoing investigation into clashes between MPs …

Sarah El Sirgany

Jail time extended for pro-reform protesters

CAIRO: Prosecutors on Tuesday extended the detentions of 164 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and 21 other people for taking part in pro-reform protests earlier this spring. The 164 members of the Brotherhood and the 21 others were ordered held for 15 more days each by prosecutors of the government s state security arm. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arab League calls for meeting to provide relief aid to Darfur

CAIRO: The Arab League called Tuesday for a region-wide meeting next month in Cairo to seek ways to provide aid to Sudan s troubled Darfur region. The 22-member states of the Arab League said the July 26 meeting will bring together member countries, aid groups and others to discuss ways of ending the inhumane conditions …

Daily Star Egypt Staff