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There is no Democratic solution in Iraq

The Democrats in the United States declared the recent congressional elections a “referendum on the Republican President George W. Bush’s stewardship of the Iraq war. On the campaign trail, they savaged Bush and the Republican-majority Congress for the disastrous war and demanded its speedy end. Now that they have wrested control of both houses of …

Daily News Egypt

African Development Bank grants $590 mln in loans to Egypt

The African Development Bank (ADB) will grant Egypt two loans and a grant valued at $590 million, said Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abu El-Naga on Saturday. The funds will be channeled into financing a program supporting small-scale projects and reforming the financial sector in Egypt. Agreements on this score will be signed on Monday …

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Egypt's Consumer Spending on the Rise

Credit bureau and electronic payment critical in supporting sound credit decisions CAIRO: The establishment of a credit bureau and the increasing use of electronic payments are two important factors that support sound credit decisions to help spur consumer spending, which in turn leads to higher levels of economic growth for Egypt. In the Al Mal …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cement prices drop as production makes slight gains on demand

Industry challenges debated at annual pan-Arab producers conference CAIRO: Local cement prices continued to fall last week, reaching a LE 320 per ton average according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Industry s (MFTI) weekly report, as the Arab Cement Conference wrapped up its annual meeting in Cairo on Saturday, predicting cement production would …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

A fruit enjoyed by children on its way to extinction

Egypt seems to have forgotten the good points of the sycamore The trees lining the streets around the Maadi Club once beckoned children to savor their fruit – the sycamore fig, known in Egypt as gemeiz. Also known as the mulberry fig, gemeiz is an ancient fruit first mentioned in the Bible and common to …

Ahmed Maged

President sees signs for Middle East peace

President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Saturday that he saw hopeful signs that big powers are turning their attention to a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “There are signs in that sense that has recently come from important international capitals … We hope that this will give birth to an urgent and …

Reuters

Pedophiliac twin brothers arrested in Cairo

CAIRO: Twin brothers, one a social worker at an educational institute and another employee at a media company, both 45, have been detained for having allegedly raped a six-year-old boy in Mohandiseen, local media sources reported. The twins, who alternate operating a shuttling service for nursery school children, were accused of having raped the boy …

Ahmed Maged

"No women allowed at work without the veil," chant Azhar students

Nearly 300 male students at Al-Azhar University angrily protested against what they considered to be anti-veil remarks made by Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni. Chanting slogans such as, “The veil is a religious obligation, and holding signs reading, “No women at work without veil, the students insisted the hijab headscarf is a symbol of a …

Alexandra Sandels

German system flourishes in Egypt's trade schools

Providing graduates with solid education and guaranteed work opportunities EL-GOUNA: A typical school week for a student at the El-Gouna Hotel School may begin with some fractions and literature and conclude with beef stroganoff and guest services. German Ambassador Bernd Erbel on Saturday visited the hotel school and attended a more general introduction to vocational …

Deena Douara

Egypt urges respect for ceasefire agreement

Arab League welcomes the Abbas initiative Egypt has called for both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to respect the newly reached ceasefire agreed on between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert according to the Foreign Ministry. Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said, “All parties must respect the ceasefire. The withdrawal of Israeli …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

NDP media blitz on constitutional amendments

Opposition criticizes official party’s stranglehold on media CAIRO: The ruling party is planning an aggressive campaign to promote its policies and proposed amendments to the constitution, announced the website of the National Democratic Party. Aly El-Din Helal, the secretary general of the NDP media committee, said party officials have already started visiting different governorates to …

Sarah El Sirgany

Poultry growers criticize government for encouraging imports

The Poultry and Meat Committee at the Egyptian Food Industries Chamber of Commerce voiced criticism of the government’s decision to extend imports of poultry, meat and fish imports to March 2007. Alaa Radwan, head of the committee, said chicken growers have suffered negative blows from ‘unrestrained’ imports, which however have failed to hold down poultry …

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Mortgage Loans approvals hit LE 241 mln in six months

The Mortgage Finance Authority has signed mortgage contracts valued at LE 241 million over the past six months, which, according to MFA chairman Osama Saleh, will enhance opportunities for achieving the authority’s 2010 targets. Saleh said to a forum organized by the Egyptian Businessmen Association on Thursday that the MFA set a target of LE …

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Opposition wants Camp David Accords annulled

CAIRO: Opposition movement Kefaya has gathered a 100,000-strong petition calling for the annulment of Egypt’s 1979 Camp David Peace Accords with Israel, said General Coordinator for the Kefaya opposition movement George Ishaq. Ishaq told The Daily Star Egypt that the movement wants the treaty annulled due to the inequity in its conditions. We saw this …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Lawyers warn against loophole allowing FGM

Conference announces that female circumcision against Islam CAIRO: In a move that is likely to win international support but fuel domestic dissent, the International Conference for Preventing the Violation of Women’s Bodies announced Thursday that female genital mutilation (FGM) is contrary to Islamic beliefs and is considered an attack on women. The conference, held from …

Daily News Egypt

Discovery in Dahab: fantastic sea life, coral reefs, snorkeling and sailing

But can this town recover from last April’s bombing? DAHAB: For travelers on a sandal-string budget, the bus ride from Cairo to this rugged beach community on the eastern shores of the Sinai Peninsula is an ordeal of biblical proportions. Not only are passengers subjected to a grueling, nine-hour ride, but they must pass through …

Jered Stuffco

The Maharaja of India arrives in Cairo

Indian cuisine spices up the night but where are the patrons? Characterized by a great variety of foods, spices, and cooking techniques, Indian food has always been a welcome cuisine for many well-to-do Egyptians. The Maharaja, which is oddly located at the Ramses Hilton, is a splendid sight. I say “oddly because most venues are …

Farah El Alfy

Blogger released after security arrests

CAIRO: Egyptian blogger Rami Siyam, also known as Ayoub, was released from jail Thursday following his arrest on Nov. 19 with three other bloggers.Although he was due to be released immediately after his arrest, he was kept in detention by state security due to instructions from higher orders. “The prosecutor’s office informed Siyam s lawyer …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Nature's miracle drug

Scientific research stresses the health benefits of dihydrogen monoxide Psst. Come here, I want to show you something. Take a look at this: it is the most nourishing element you can give your body. It will revitalize you, refresh you, keep you healthy and maintain your metabolism. It will make you feel light and youthful, …

Daily News Egypt

The results of campaign to reduce hepatitis C due by 2015

CAIRO: A campaign for children with hepatitis C virus, a virus that has a high probability of developing into HIV/AIDS, has just been cranked up a gear. Unlike most campaigns where experts and speakers usually focus on numbers and statistics, the conference held at the Cairo Opera House on Thursday provided a well-planned strategy that …

Yasmine Saleh

Sci-tech: Guillotine that cigarette

Taking the splutter and cough out of needing nicotine There are three well-trodden paths available to the smoker’s conscience when it comes time to stop. Cold turkey is a jolt and will have you jonesing for a cigarette constantly. Substitution is filling the gap with maybe a double cheeseburger or an extra banana and chocolate …

Wael Elazab

Sports Talk: Sea, sand and speedball

CAIRO: Somebody invented running. Somebody invented swimming. Then came speedball and somebody had to invent that, too. The individual in question is an Egyptian, Mr Lofty, who came up with speedball in the 1960s as a warm up and practice exercise for tennis players in Egypt. For those of you who don’t know the first …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Sampling the treats offered by Taba Heights resort

CAIRO: Egyptian holidaymakers who head to the Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh often overlook Taba. Though the border town has always lured its share of tourists with its quiet beaches, clear waters, and desert trails, it’s only recently that hotel chains have begun to lay down their foundations in the surrounding …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Wind power could determine future energy needs

In contrast to traditional energy sources, wind farms offer clean, safe and renewable energy ZAFARANA: Amid worldwide attention given to Egypt s emerging nuclear energy plans, German Ambassador Bernd Erbel visited the site of a less discussed, more renewable, and safer type of energy – the Zafarana wind farm. We must focus on renewable energy …

Deena Douara

SidPec to set up two new factories at $65 mln investment costs

CAIRO: Sidi Krir Petrochemicals, SidPec Company, has started to set up a new plant that will produce butadiene for the first time in Egypt. Butadiene is an important industrial chemical used in the production of synthetic rubber. The plant will be established with total investments of $40 million (almost LE 230 million). The company also …

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GUPCO to receive a $50 mln marine drilling rig

CAIRO: The Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (Gupco) will receive by the end of this year a marine drilling rig to drill up crude from the Red Sea. The drilling rig will cost as much as $50 million (LE 387 million) and will be constructed by Balayeem Petroleum, Petrobal. A senior official at Petrobal said …

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Greece's Piraeus Bank increases stake in Egypt unit

CAIRO: Greece s Piraeus Bank raised its stake in Piraeus Bank Egypt, its subsidiary, by 1.9 percent to 95.3 percent by buying shares held by Libya s foreign investment company, Piraeus Bank Egypt said on Thursday. The Greece-based parent bank paid LE 18 million ($3.1 million) to increase its stake from 93.4 percent, valuing the …

Reuters

Twenty-five companies vie over Cairo underground access system deal

CAIRO: Twenty-five international technology companies have joined in the competition launched by the Cairo Metro Operation Agency for supplies and installation of passengers’ access solutions using smart cards. The results of the contest will be announced on Dec. 20, 2006. Magdy Azab, chairman of the Cairo Metro Operation Agency, said the agency would install smart …

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