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Tenants fight back against building owner

CAIRO: The daily press has been abuzz with the latest developments in the rental/tenant disputes. The residents of one old building in Heliopolis have lodged a complaint against the building’s new owner, accusing him of committing acts of sabotage to scare them away. Such practices have common for owners in a bid to get a …

Ahmed Maged

Newlyweds end marriage in tragic death

CAIRO: A newlywed couple died from asphyxiation due to inhaling gas 20 days after their wedding, police sources said. The couple, Ahmed Samir Awad, 24, accountant, and his bride Zeinab Abdel Mohsen, both from Menufiya, had decided to spend the 10 days left of their honeymoon in Awad’s sister’s flat, in Boulaq Al-Dakrur. But they …

Ahmed Maged

Jailhouse celebration

CAIRO: Three prison inmates in Al-Marg celebrated the release of their fellow inmate by forcing him to take off his clothes and abusing him sexually, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. The 16-year-old inmate, who had been dancing with joy in front of other inmates after he received news of his release, was shocked to find three of …

Ahmed Maged

NSGB and MIBank finalize legal merger

CAIRO: At last the completion of the legal merging of two of Egypt’s prominent banks National Societe Generale Bank (NSGB) and Misr International Bank (MIBank) is finalized. Together, they aim at becoming one of the countries largest private owned banks with their 100 branches and 220 ATMs all over Egypt. . The two banks will …

Agencies

"Cairo has become a business destination"

New approaches to service and convenience to draw business clientele CAIRO: Cairo, the ancient city that has inspired many a novelist here and abroad, is no longer just a tourist destination but is beginning to embrace its dual role as a hub for Middle Eastern and European business. As investment continues to pour into Egypt, …

Aida Nassar

Cairo International Film Festival kicks off in style

Festival celebrates world stars in a simple, elegant ceremony CAIRO: Amid a blaze of fireworks and a soundtrack of dreamy classic American tunes, the 30th Cairo International Film Festival opened yesterday at the Cairo Opera House. If it was glamour the connoisseurs of festivals past wanted, it was glamour they got – and then some. …

Joseph Fahim

THE REEL ESTATE: Why the film festival still matters?

CAIRO: My first memories of the Cairo International Film Festival date six years back. I had been following the festival religiously every year on TV but I never got the chance to watch the films or attend any of the festival s activities. In 2000, a friend of mine gave me an invitation to attend …

Joseph Fahim

Reform and peace are interdependent in Palestine

Since 2002, the United States’ diplomacy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been constrained by Israel’s doctrine that there is no Palestinian partner for peace. According to this concept – accepted by Washington – until Palestinians halt violence toward Israel and reform their internal politics, there can be no peace talks. The rationale of the no-partner …

Daily News Egypt

Pity the Arab nation, for its violence

A disease is eating away at the Middle East. It afflicts the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Lebanese, even the Israelis. It is the idea that the only political determinant in the Arab world is raw force – the power of physical intimidation. It is politics as assassination. This week saw another sickening instance of this …

David Ignatius

Lebanon: ripe for resolution or revolution?

Barely had the Lebanese started to recover from the July-August war between Hezbollah and Israel when instability came knocking again, in what seems like the beginning of a campaign to intimidate Lebanon and prevent its government from taking serious political decisions. The assassination of Christian minister and parliamentarian Pierre Gemayel came on the day that …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian government aims to pump up NGOs

More money, less problems for aid programs CAIRO: Social Solidarity Minister Ali Moselhi pledged to slash red tape and ramp up cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help needy families, who he said were under increased pressure due to economic growth. He also called for increased dialogue between the government, private sector and civil society …

Jered Stuffco

Bloganoia: Are they out to get Kareem or is he just lost in the bureaucratic shuffle?

CAIRO: Looking through Egyptian political blogs over the past two weeks, one particular subject keeps coming up; the detention of blogger and former Al-Azhar University student Abdel Kareem Sulaiman. Allegedly, ‘Kareem,’ as he is now being referred to across the blogscape, was detained because of his ‘critical writings about Islam,’ and various other ostensibly ‘intellectual’ …

Daily News Egypt

Activists argue 'deteriorating state' of civil society in Arab nations

Seminar participants advocate revision of oppressive laws throughout the region CAIRO: The Association of Freedom of Thoughts and Expression presented a two-day seminar at the Development Support Center in Cairo to discuss and debate the deteriorating state of freedom of civil society organizations in the Arab region. Political analysts, activists, and members of various political …

Alexandra Sandels

No Way Jose

Al-Ahli coach’s attitude a no-winner CAIRO: He sat laid back in the press conference, chewing his gum in a provoking way, looking at no one in the sardine-packed hall, criticizing and lecturing everybody about football as if he was the ultimate winner. However, he was not the winner; he was Manuel Jose, whose strategies were …

Daily News Egypt

Current construction legislation cited as main deterrent to investors in IFC Alexandria Conference

New legislation to be introduced to current parliament session to remove some obstacles to investment ALEXANDRIA: Alexandria Businessmen s Association Chairman Mohamed Ragab called on the Ministries of Investment and Housing Tuesday to reconsider their joint Unified Construction Law proposal, due for submission to parliament s current session, to ensure it addresses the unnecessary complications …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Proposed employment law spurs rumors, civil servants panic

CAIRO: No changes will be made to the status of the 5.6 million permanent civil servants as a result of the new civil employment law, Dr Ahmed Darwish, minister of state for administrative development, said during a press conference Monday. Darwish had earlier announced a new draft law on civil employment to be presented for …

Daily News Egypt

Technology exports hit $500 mln

CAIRO: Technology and communications’ services exports recorded approximately $500 million over the first ten months of 2006, according to Gamal Mohamed Ali, deputy chairman of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency. Speaking in Dubai to Noozz reporters, Ali said exports of technical support and call center services made up the largest percentage of total technology …

Noozz

Security critical modern financial systems

Mediterranean Smart Cards Company provides important checks, balances to Egypt’s financial infrastructure CAIRO: Like many developing countries, Egypt is on its way to fully comprehending that modern financial systems – with the right security in place – are worthy of significantly more trust and comfort than cash. Key elements of such a secure financial infrastructure …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A Lens to the Past: Kawkab Al-Sharq

More than 30 years after her death, Om Kalthoum (1904-1974) is still an icon throughout the Arab world. This photograph by Alban is a rare portrait of the singer without her signature dark glasses. Even at an early age Om Kalthoum’s exceptional talent became evident. By the age of 12 her father got her into …

Daily News Egypt

Save Our Souls concert provides young Cairo with musical soul food

CAIRO: Fifteen thousand Cairean teenagers sporting the newest model of name brand sneakers, sunglasses, and designer jeans poured into the Chinese Garden at the Cairo International Conference Center to see their favorite bands perform at the Vodafone-sponsored Save Our Souls Music Concert (SOS). I am here to see Jaffa Phonix. They totally rock. I am …

Alexandra Sandels

The power of the puppet

Aragouz historically tools of satire and criticism CAIRO: The Egyptian people have never been shy about voicing their opinions and at times they can even be quite innovative in how they chose to do so. Historically folkloric art has been instrumental in exposing controversial issues, using the humble aragouz (puppet) as the tool. For many …

Daily News Egypt

Opium is making Afghanistan go up in smoke

When NATO leaders meet for their summit in Riga at the end of this month. There will be a ghost at the feast: Afghanistan’s opium. Afghanistan is in danger of falling back into the hands of terrorists, insurgents, and criminals, and the multi-billion-dollar opium trade is at the heart of the country’s malaise. Indeed, Nato’s …

Daily News Egypt

Iraq can learn from the lessons of Saudi Arabia

While the United States debates what to do about the disaster in Iraq, I have been pondering a disaster that hasn’t happened – in Saudi Arabia. There are some lessons in the Saudi story that may help clarify the Bush administration’s choices as it nears crunch time in the region. First, some background: 10 years …

David Ignatius

A new face allows the UN to implement its promises

On Jan. 1, 2007, Ban Ki-Moon, South Korea’s former foreign minister, will become United Nations secretary general, following Kofi Annan’s 10-year tenure. Annan inspired the world with his diplomacy and leadership on poverty reduction and human rights, but the war in Iraq divided the world and drew attention and financial resources away from crisis regions …

Daily News Egypt