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Don't soon expect an able Iraqi Army

Two years ago, during the month of Ramadan, a bus carrying 50 Iraqi soldiers heading home on leave was ambushed outside Baghdad. The soldiers were led out of the bus, lined up on the pavement, and killed -like so many other Iraqi soldiers, policemen, and recruits trained by the Americans since the occupation of Iraq …

Daily News Egypt

After unipolarity, Europe's time to make a difference

Listen carefully these days to the Israelis and South Koreans. What they are hinting at is no less than a tectonic shift in the international system: the shift from a unipolar to a multi-polar world. Israelis are rediscovering Europe. They intuitively sense that they can no longer rely only on the absolute security guarantee represented …

Dominique Moisi

Boat of illegal immigrants reaches Sicily

ROME: A boat carrying more than 600 illegal immigrants from Egypt reached Sicily s southern coast and the migrants were being transferred Tuesday to several holding centers in the region, according to news reports and port authorities in Palermo. The Italian Coast Guard escorted the fishing boat carrying 648 immigrants to shore late Monday after …

AP

A pinch of salt of the earth

CAIRO: I know it is difficult to imagine, but let’s take a trip back through time to when there were no steam engines, no pharmaceutical companies and no iPods. A time when people lived primitively but needed, like we do today, to brush their teeth, clean their wounds and blisters, seek treatment for skin rashes …

Ahmed Maged

Mother jumps from fourth floor to save child

CAIRO: A woman was badly injured as she jumped to safety from the fourth floor while hugging her infant after a fire broke out in her flat, Al Gomhuriah newspaper reported. Samah Ahmed Mokhtar suffered bone fractures, bruises and brain injuries when the only escape for her and her infant was that risky jump. The …

Ahmed Maged

Selling your baby not a crime, says prosecutor

CAIRO: The deputy prosecutor’s office for the Al Marg district released Adel Ahmed, 41, who had been arrested a few days earlier for selling his child to a lawyer for LE 17,000. The decision to release the man baffled legal experts and social workers who disagreed with the deputy prosecutor that there were no legal …

Ahmed Maged

Median interbank rate rises to 9.8 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound jumped to 9.8 percent on Tuesday from 9.443 percent on Monday, with central bank auctions of certificates of deposit draining market liquidity, traders said. The market is short today after banks put their funds into the one-week and 128-day certificates of deposit auctions, so there …

Reuters

Aboutrika credits coach Jose for strong run over the years

Zamelek, Ismaili lost without coaches? Ahly superstar Mohamed Aboutrika heaped praise on coach Manuel Jose and said the Portuguese is the main reason behind his improvement over the past few years. He said in a televised interview in Cairo after leading his side to third place in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan that …

filgoal.com

$35 mln for Palestinians deposited in Arab bank account

CAIRO: The 35 million dollars left behind in Egypt by Palestinian premier Ismail Haniya after Israel closed the Gaza crossing was deposited into an Arab League account Monday, Egypt s Mena agency said. The 35 million dollars which was carried by prime minister Ismail Haniya as he was returning from his foreign trip, has been …

AFP

NDP to head dialogue on constitutional amendments

Secretary General of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Safwat Sherif said President Hosni Mubarak looks forward to a lengthy and detailed dialogue on the constitutional amendments in an effort to reach a national consensus, reported the State Information Service on Wednesday. During the ruling NDP s Secretariat General Meeting, Sherif stated that the nation …

Agencies

Security forces bar senior Brotherhood member from Qatar trip

Security forces barred a top member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt s strongest opposition group, from traveling to Qatar on Tuesday, security and Brotherhood sources said. Essam El-Erian, who heads the Brotherhood s political department, said airport authorities told him they had been instructed by State Security officials to stop him from traveling. El-Erian, …

Reuters

Hamas-Fatah strife a sore issue for Egyptians

CAIRO: The continuing rift between Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and long-time politicos Fatah is a cause for concern for many Egyptians who are divided on how Arabs should deal with Israel. Last week, rival factions seemed closer than ever to all out war when Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya was prevented from entering the Gaza …

Deena Douara

Euro socialists come to talk politics and strengthen ties

CAIRO: In a bid to strengthen relations and increase dialogue, a group of socialist politicians arrived yesterday to meet with government officials, academics and activists. In addition to scheduled meetings with Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abul Gheit, the European delegation, which includes the former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard, will sit down with …

Jered Stuffco

Acer Country Manager building the brand with consumers

CAIRO: Acer Computer Middle East has announced that from January 2007 there will be a new country manager overseeing operations in Egypt, KSA and the East Africa region. Having registered 84.8 percent year on year growth in notebook sales in Egypt for Q3 2006, Acer has been steadily consolidating its number three position in the …

Agencies

IMF says Egypt could cut budget deficit faster

CAIRO: The Egyptian government could cut its budget deficit faster without compromising economic growth, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. In a statement issued in Cairo after an IMF visit, the fund also said recent Central Bank of Egypt decisions to raise interest rates were timely and appropriate. Some of the factors behind the …

Reuters

Walid Moallem defends a 'noble peace' with Israel

What positions would Syria take if it entered a dialogue with the United States about Iraq and other Middle East issues? I put that question Thursday to Walid Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, and he offered surprisingly strong support for the recommendations made last week in the Baker-Hamilton report. “We are not against the US, Moallem …

David Ignatius

Government internal debts remains in safe area

Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros Ghali said the government internal debt as a percentage of Gross National Product is still in a safe area. In a statement released Monday, the minister emphasized that budget deficit was under control and could be eliminated, but this would increase the burden on low-income families. He explained that the …

Noozz

Lebanon is making history, potentially

It is easy to get so entangled in the day-to-day dynamics of events in Lebanon that one loses sight of the truly new and potentially historic developments that are taking place before our eyes. I think we can already note five distinct political dynamics that have occurred in Lebanon in the past two years or …

Rami G. Khouri

Government official: IT exports to hit $1 billion by 2010

SECC looks to export its services to Gulf market CAIRO: Egyptian information technology (IT) sector exports are on track to reach $1 billion (LE 5.71 billion) by 2010, Gamal Aly, chairman of the government s Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) said. Aly s comments came upon his return from the annual Dubai Gitex Expo, a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Business-savvy farmers boost exports and high-end crops

CAIRO: You just can t be a successful farmer these days in Egypt without having business skills, a fax machine, and a computer. El Shams project, which has introduced all that along with extensive agricultural training, hosted last week in Cairo an exhibition to introduce 105 farmer associations to exporters and high-end local buyers. The …

Deena Douara

Sodic board approves Palm Hills acquisition

Combined land assets to exceed 12 million sq m upon shareholder approval CAIRO: Sixth of October Development and Investment Company (Sodic) board members approved Monday the acquisition of 100 percent of Palm Hills Development Company (PHD) through a share swap in a deal estimated at LE 1.9 billion. Pending shareholder approval, Sodic will issue 25.4 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Why pay more, if you can pay less?

Traders at the decades-old Balaa used-clothes market are anxious about their future CAIRO: This is not just any second-hand clothes flea market. It’s a market with an edge, attracting film stars, high ranking officials and the crème-de la crème who have all been attracted to this unique ad hoc extravaganza – Suq Al Balaa. As …

Ahmed Maged

Central Bank raises overnight rates 0.25 percent to combat rising inflation

Analyst views decision with guarded optimism CAIRO: The Central Bank (CB) has raised overnight deposit and lending interest rates by 0.25 percent to 8.75 and 10.75, respectively, CB Deputy Governor Tarek Amer announced in a press statement following Thursday evening s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting. The decision came just days before the formal announcement …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

12th century BC carving may hold the secret of Karnak Temple

CAIRO: Egypt announced Sunday the discovery of a carving dating back to the 12th century BC which could hold the key to valuable information on Karnak Temple, the largest ancient religious site in the world. According to an Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) statement, the stone carving was found during excavations at the Kibash …

Ahmed Maged

Is Kefaya tearing apart?

CAIRO: When Kefaya, The Egyptian Movement for Change, kicked off its first pro-reform demonstration in December 2004 then continued to agitate throughout 2005, it was lauded as the cure to the political apathy of the Egyptian street; a long over-due shot in the arm to rally the masses and end the decades of political stagnation. …

Alexandra Sandels

Report finds Islamophobia rife in Europe

Further integration efforts need to be stepped up CAIRO: Muslims in Europe are more likely to be stuck in lower paying jobs, live in poorer neighborhoods and have lower school grades than other Europeans, according to a new report. Muslims also have disproportionately high unemployment rates and Muslim youth continue to face barriers that will …

Jered Stuffco

Ailing Ayman Nour faces five new charges

CAIRO: Jailed political activist and former leader of the Al-Ghad opposition party Ayman Nour underwent a cardiac catheter in Al Qasr El Eini Hospital yesterday, his lawyer told The Daily Star Egypt. In addition to his deteriorating health, which was ground for his supporters to criticize the government for barring him from what they say …

Yasmine Saleh

Don't light that cigarette

In the past 20 years, campaigns against cigarette smoking and legal recourse against tobacco companies have surged. But in Egypt, where smoking is a way of life, one presiding judge decided to fight his own war against nicotine. During a session in his court, the judge was baffled at seeing a court guard – a …

Ahmed Maged

Kerry says the US should have listened to Mubarak

All the unrest in the Middle East is interconnected CAIRO: US senator for Massachusetts and former American presidential candidate John Kerry told reporters on a visit to Cairo last week that more people should have heeded Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s statement in 2002 that the invasion of Iraq would lead to disaster. “Frankly, more people …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein