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Natural gas quandary

Egypt may have leaned too heavily on recently discovered natural gas supplies CAIRO: According to the findings of the latest report conducted by the Petroleum Economist and the Statistical Review of World Energy, Egypt’s domestic consumption of natural gas is the highest in the African continent. While the government and private sector corporations in the …

Najla Moussa

New party touts Egyptian nationalism

The Egyptian Liberal Party presents platform based on Egyptian national heritages CAIRO: After the rejection of Masr El-Om (Mother Egypt) Party, the founders are establishing a new party: the Liberal Egyptian Party (LEP). Many of the party founders are the same as those who were behind Masr El-Om Party, which was not approved by authorities. …

Maram Mazen

Egypt, Iran call for world to respect UN Lebanon truce

CAIRO: Iran and Egypt called Sunday for a United Nations-backed truce between Israel and Lebanese movement Hezbollah to be respected, hours before the ceasefire agreement secured by UN chief Kofi Annan was to come into effect. Iran and Syria, seen as the main backers of the Shiite fundamentalist movement Hezbollah, also expressed their support for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Establishing a unique identity begins with your name

Old and recent trends undermines women s basic right to keep a separate identity CAIRO: It wasn t long ago when the mere mention of a woman s name was considered an offence to any man related to her. In fact, the belief still prevails within a number of current communities but to varying degrees. …

Sarah El Sirgany

Local and regional demand behind increase in cement price

Cement expected to average LE 325-330 per ton by the end of 2006 CAIRO: A LE 25 single-day increase in cement price by The National Cement Company (NCC) last week might have angered some property developers enough to organize a public protest in front of company headquarters near Helwan, but analysts say prices should continue …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Festival reflects state of Egyptian theater

El Sawy Theater Festival offers platform for all to try their hand at theater CAIRO: The Fourth Sawy Theater Festival, which started on Sunday, August 13 and is scheduled to continue until Thursday, Aug. 17, has come to reflect the current state of Egyptian theater with all its trends and drawbacks. Before the launch of …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt median interbank rate drops to 8.15 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound fell to 8.15 percent on Sunday from Thursday s 8.294 percent, with the market liquid as a batch of central bank certificates of deposit matured, traders said. On Sunday, LE 7 billion ($1.2 billion) worth of 6-day central bank certificates matured. The central bank auctioned …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Nine of 11 missing Egyptian students in U.S. custody

CHICAGO, U.S.: Nine of 11 Egyptian students who failed to show up for a Montana university exchange program last month were in custody on Saturday after officials arrested three students in Iowa, U.S. immigration officials said. Two remained missing, according to a statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. None of the students posed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Oil companies raise complaints about delayed approval on exploration agreements

NOOZZ CAIRO: Officials at international energy companies operating in Egypt have raised complaints about the sluggish pace of final approvals on agreements with the Egyptian government, warning that such sluggishness could affect their plans for oil and gas exploration efforts. One official noted that though Egypt accounts for the highest average of approvals compared with …

Daily News Egypt

Present and Tense: Bomb me!

CAIRO: The Americans are trying to bomb me. Out of courtesy, they warned me first. “Look, we’ve known each other for years, and I really feel bad about it, but the decision comes from higher up. You know too much, you sell weapons to the wrong people, and with your constant peace plans, you’ve become …

Nabil Shawkat

A global trend companies can't ignore

CAIRO: When the United Nations Global Compact in Egypt launched in 2003, its coordinator Mohamed El-Kalla had only a handful of Egyptian companies, and represented the only Middle Eastern country participating in the project. Since last summer, he now works with 69 local companies, and happily announces he will witness the launch of programs in …

Daily News Egypt

Italian delights

Villa D’Este at the Conrad serves up classy and tasty Italian food CAIRO: Everybody loves Italian food and when you’ve got a craving for a real taste of Italy, keep the pleasant Villa D Este at the Cairo Conrad in mind. Although it is situated on the crowded Corniche, parking is easy. Just turn into …

Farah El Alfy

It's all in the pressure points

Nada Rashed explains the essentials of reflexology CAIRO: Many people laugh at the idea that touching certain points in their feet or hands can grant a feeling of relief from the pain usually associated with headaches or digestive and back problems. Like most alternative medicine, reflexology still struggles for public and official acceptance. Even though …

Sarah El Sirgany

It's not a religion or a weight loss program

Misconceptions and high prices slow down pace of yoga s popularity CAIRO: In many Western countries, where nutrition stores and organic supermarkets are as ubiquitous as restaurant chains, yoga seems like the obvious counterpart to a subculture that has become unhealthily obsessed with health – or at least the idea of it. Here in Egypt, …

Daily News Egypt

Gaza border re-opens for humanitarian cases

GAZA CITY: The border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt opened Friday for a second straight day for humanitarian cases, after weeks of closure, but was shut early again, officials said. The Rafah crossing is Gaza s only gateway to the world that circumvents Israel and was open for less than three hours and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Iran, Italy FMs due in Egypt for Lebanon talks

CAIRO: The foreign ministers of Iran and Italy are due in Cairo within the next few days for talks with Egyptian officials on the conflict in Lebanon, a diplomatic source said Friday. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is expected Saturday for a two-day visit to meet Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Abul Gheit, while Italy s Massimo …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israeli teams have to go on the road

Situation in Israel deemed unsafe for football matches Israel’s woes with Hezbollah’s men of resistance and their Katyushas have extended to football. Four Israeli football clubs have to look outside the cozy confines of their home grounds if they want to continue participating in European club championships. Two Union of European Football Associations Cup (UEFA) …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Barclays renovates "Kafret Nassar" health unit

CAIRO: Just four month following the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Barclays Bank Egypt has inaugurated the primary health unit in Kafret Nassar , Aug. 8, after having been fully renovated and equipped. The MoU was signed in April between Barclays, the Egyptian Finance Executive Foundation (EFEF) and TAKAMOL which a USAID-funded technical …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt, Saudi Arabia to combine electricity systems

CAIRO: According to Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, a source close to the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity has revealed to the regional paper that the Saudi and Egyptian governments will sign an agreement on Aug. 23 to combine both counties electricity systems. This agreement is one of a series between Arab countries, stretching from Morocco in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

When homework is home-work

Egyptian-American teens learn from the comfort of their living room CAIRO: Imagine a classroom just steps away from your bed, conducting a science experiment in your kitchen, and taking a walk to the bakery for PhysEd class. This is a normal school day for Nathaniel and Daniel Sedra, 16 and 13 years old, Egyptian-American boys …

Daily News Egypt

Federation of Egyptian Industries rejects calls to boycott Israel

Opinions split on cutting trade relations, QIZ in the balance CAIRO: The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) board has rejected calls to join a boycott on trade with Israel because of the ongoing conflict in Lebanon. Instead, the board has established an aid committee along with a bank account to receive donations to help affected …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

With Lebanon in spotlight, rights issues in Egypt are being overshadowed

DUBAI: While Israel’s punishing assaults on Lebanon continue to dominate regional news, human rights abuses continue to be reported elsewhere in the region. Egypt, for example, saw the beginnings of a new era of tighter internet regulation this week. With Lebanon facing constant Israeli air strikes, a group of United Nations human rights experts on …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt police clash with pro-Hezbollah demonstrators

CAIRO: Clashes erupted outside Cairo s most renowned mosque Friday as police tried to prevent worshippers from marching in support of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah after the main weekly Muslim prayers. Dozens of would-be demonstrators lobbed shoes at some 100 police officers who beat the crowd back into the courtyard of the Al-Azhar mosque, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt through the eyes of an artist

Anna s Egypt: An Artist s JourneyBy Anna BoghiguianThe American University in Cairo Press, 2003Paperback Edition CAIRO: One of the things that draw us to artists is their extraordinary interpretation of our seemingly ordinary environment. Scenes that we encounter in our everyday lives take on an enigmatic beauty when a talented artist transfers it into …

Aida Nassar

Celebrity wedding

  ŠΘ # # # Many famous actors attended the fun wedding party, here, Merna El Mohendis and the bride # # Phototography by Hasan IbrahimThe newlyweds

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Swiftly shifting sands of the Mideast

The following question was posed by The Washington Post a few days ago. It was answered, for The Daily Star Egypt by M.J. Akbar: Question: If Lebanon survives as a state, many analysts predict it will be dominated by Hezbollah. How will post-war Lebanon change the political dynamics in the Middle East? Sand doesn t …

Daily News Egypt

Writers congregate on the air and online

Site offers an open forum for creative writing and criticism Many people dabble in creative writing, but few in the region have the chance to be criticized in a professional manner or take part in a writing workshop. However, thanks to the Internet, a solution is now available. The Cultural Workshop is a radio show …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa