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Present and Tense: Immortal no more

This week, Nabil Shawkat is a know-it-all arms dealer with a fiendish, yet meticulous, interest in the world of fashion. The scene of the crash looked almost idyllic. A nearly intact fuselage, the twisted metal of the passenger cabin, and pieces of luggage were strewn across a 200-yard radius in the fields just north of …

Nabil Shawkat

Poor Egyptian women also bank on Grameen Nobel prize

CAIRO: Thousands of poor Egyptian women are benefiting from a partnership between the Nobel peace prize-winning Grameen Bank of Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus and a local credit organization. I got my first loan of 250 pounds [$43] six years ago, and it meant I could expand my vegetable stall and earn more money, says Hanem Shaban …

Daily News Egypt

Author surprised by book banning

Mohamed Fattouh’s collection of published articles hit a nerve CAIRO: The recent confiscation and banning of Mohamed Fattouh’s Al-Sheyoukh Al-Modern Wa Sena at Al-Tatarof Al-Deeni (Modern Sheikhs and the Making of Religious Extremism) has caused a stir in Egypt’s literary circles. Last week, the arts censorship division of Cairo police raided a number of bookshops …

Daily News Egypt

WORD ON THE STREET: Outings and innings for the Eid holiday

CAIRO: With only a few days left until the end of Ramadan, it is common to see families scurrying through the shops purchasing holiday sweets ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr festivities. Age-old traditions persist as families buy their children new clothes to wear during the three-day holiday and pass out the ediya – money given …

Daily News Egypt

Brotherhood secretary general released from jail

CAIRO: Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 14 other members of the opposition group were released Wednesday after being arrested in August, the organisation s deputy head said. They were held for about 55 days, Mohammed Habib, a leader of the banned but tolerated opposition group, told The Daily Star Egypt. They …

Sarah El Sirgany

Celluloid memorial to Brotherhood founder

Group member to shoot movie on founder Hassan Al-Banna BENHA: A member of the Muslim Brotherhood who plans to make a movie about the Islamist movement s founder says he wants the film to tell the life story of his hero rather than spread propaganda for the group. Muhsin Radi says too little is known …

Daily News Egypt

Microsoft expands cooperation with government

CEO opens company s second training academy in two years CAIRO: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer praised Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif s government yesterday for developing clear social and economic reform plans and said his company will continue to increase its presence in Egypt to develop the IT infrastructure necessary to implement those plans. Ballmer s …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Brokerage firm to offer 20 pct of shares to public investors in 2007

CAIRO: The Egyptian American Company for Brokerage is poised to list its shares on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchanges with a target offering of 20 percent of the company for trading during the first quarter of next year. Chairman of the company Adel Abdul Fattah said on Wednesday that the timing for the initial …

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Egypt shares mixed in quiet trade before holiday

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks ended mixed in low volume on Thursday in advance of the Muslim feast of Eid Al-Fitr, which will disrupt trading most of next week. Out of the 10 most heavily traded stocks, seven advanced and three declined. The two most widely watched indexes declined by very small margins. Media Production City unexpectedly …

Reuters

Abul-Gheit fears 'all-out civil war' in Iraq

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit warned Thursday of the looming risk of an all-out civil war in Iraq, and urged its religious leaders gathered in Mecca to start mending fences. It is with the utmost concern that Egypt is witnessing the escalation of sectarian violence in Iraq and assassinations perpetrated on the basis of the …

AFP

Reason for Israeli minister's meeting with Mubarak disputed

CAIRO: An Israeli official denied that President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Eliezer met yesterday to discuss the fate of a soldier captured by Palestinian forces four months ago. This conflicts reports from the Egyptian state media agency MENA yesterday that Eliezer had arrived in Cairo Wednesday night to restart “efforts set in …

Jered Stuffco

Egypt president to visit Moscow next month

CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key US ally in the Middle East, is to visit Moscow next month for talks with one of the sponsors of the region s moribund peace process. President Mubarak s visit will deal with international and regional issues of importance to both countries, mainly the Palestinian question, the Lebanese …

AFP

Egypt Muslim leader condemns 'ferocious war' on Islam

CAIRO: The head of the banned but tolerated Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday condemned what he described as the West s ferocious war against Islam. We observe with open eyes and alert minds this ferocious attack against Islam and Muslims, Mohammed Mehdi Akef said in a statement issued for next week s Eid Al-Fitr feast. He …

Agencies

Soccer-African Champions League final moved from Sfax

JOHANNESBURG: The second leg of this year s African Champions League final will not be played at the home ground of Tunisia s CS Sfaxien but moved some 200 km north near the capital Tunis, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday. The home ground of the Tunisian club, which has a capacity of …

Reuters

Egypt moves up two spots in FIFA rankings

CAIRO: Egypt moved up two spots in the FIFA monthly ranking to settle in the 25th place for October 2006. The Pharaohs, who only managed a goalless away draw against Botswana in their last African qualifier, benefited from the bad results that other national teams produced. The countries whose results made way for the national …

Daily News Egypt

Band starts out on the first floor, but on its way up

El-Door El-Awal cuts its first album with Oriental Sounds Project This week, the seven-member band El-Door El-Awal (The First Floor) celebrated the launch of its first album, “Qarar Izala (Eviction Notice), produced as part of the Oriental Sounds Project. El-Door El-Awal rehearsed for two months, and then band members took four days to record the …

Daily News Egypt

Make way for experimental oriental sounds

Music producers give non-commercial music a shot Investing in non-commercial music has always been risky; consequently most music producers choose to produce for well-known commercial singers and musicians whose sales are practically guaranteed. This week, however, saw the release of four non-commercial live albums recorded at the Al-Geneina Theater in Al-Azhar Park during the Al-Mawred …

Daily News Egypt

Novel offers poignant retrospective

Author explores an Egypt that has ‘gone with the wind’ Taking a leisurely walk through Garden City or Zamalek, passing by large, stately homes and villas – in contrast to the tall, graying buildings that overshadow them -you are reminded of how much life in Egypt has changed over the past 50 years or so. …

Aida Nassar

Encounter in the pursuit of meaning

Puzzling through the knot of the relationship between Arab intellectuals and Western thought On a rare sunny September day in the south west of England, a visit to the university bookstore left Rasheed El-Enany’s befuddled why his latest book was not on the shelves. A quick investigation revealed that “Arab Representations of the Occident: East-West …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim-West communications vital to overcoming crises, scholars say

Mubarak to address the nation on challenges facing the Islamic world CAIRO: Economic and political crises and the shaky relationship between Islam and the West are among the main challenges facing the region, Islamic scholars have told The Daily Star Egypt. Incidents like Pope Benedict XVI’s allusion to a medieval criticism of Islam and the …

Sarah El Sirgany

Steel rebars prices drop 10 pct in 30 days

CAIRO: Prices of steel rebars in the Egyptian market recorded a remarkable decline of nearly 10 per cent in the last month Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, when the average prices ranged from LE 2,980 to LE 3,500 per ton. Mohammad Hanafi, general manager of the Mineral Industries Chamber, said on Monday that the decline …

Noozz

Egypt to produce oil rigs in deal with China

CAIRO: An Egyptian-Chinese company will start producing oil rigs in Egypt next year, the Egyptian Oil Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The new company, which will be 50 percent Egyptian and 50 percent Chinese, will start production with three rigs in 2007, rising to seven in 2008 and 20 a year in 2010, …

Reuters

Health Ministry: Household pumps led to contaminated water in Mansoura

Ordinary motor pumps meant to increase water pressure in households in the village of Bilgay near Mansoura led to seepage of contaminants into drinking water and are believed to be the reasons why there was a salmonella outbreak in the Daqahliya governorate, the Ministry of Health told The Daily Star Egypt. Contamination of drinking water …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Egyptian shares quiet in pre-holiday lull

CAIRO: Egyptian stock indexes were barely changed in a quiet market on Wednesday, with cautious investors maintaining their positions before the start of the Eid-al-Fitr holiday season that marks the end of Ramadan. Everyone is waiting until after the holidays to start building up a position and seeing the direction of the market, but there …

Reuters

Early start on human rights awareness

NGO aims to enhance human rights education in Cairo elementary schools through children’s stories Domestic and international organizations recently launched training programs aimed at educating youth on human rights issues and international law. “The children are our future and thus our hope. We need to educate them and teach them the universal principles of human …

Alexandra Sandels

Crime Scene: Parents turn on their own children

Suicides choose to leap this week; passenger saves the train CAIRO: As Ramadan comes to an end and Eid El-Fitr approaches, shocking crimes including suicide, parental murders of their own children, and transportation mishaps continue to fill the pages of the local press. Al-Masry Al-Youm in its Oct. 14 edition reported that a high school …

Daily News Egypt

Prominent Brotherhood member detained

CAIRO: Authorities have arrested a Muslim Brotherhood leader Hassan Al-Hayawan, the group’s lawyer told The Daily Star Egypt. Security forces arrested El-Hayawan at his clinic in the Nile Delta province of Al-Sharqia, on Tuesday night, according to an online statement released by the Brotherhood. “This is an unjustifiable escalation, reads the Brotherhood statement. The media …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sodic approves LE 1.1 billion capital increase

Company to acquire almost 1 million sq. m. in New Cairo by end of October CAIRO: Sixth of October Development and Investment Company (Sodic) shareholders approved Monday a LE 1.1 billion capital increase to finance the acquisition of 984,900 square meters of land, including a 858,500 square meter plot in New Cairo on Road 90 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Average Cement Prices Drops 15 pct after Government Imposed

CAIRO: The Minister of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday that seven local cement producers complied with a government decision to curb cement prices at factory ground to LE 295 and LE 302.5 per ton. “The move led to a 15 per cent drop in cement prices at the marketplace to LE 340 per ton …

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