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EU foreign ministers divided over how to respond to Israel's military tactics

BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers were divided Monday over their response to Israel s military tactics in the Gaza Strip, which led to the deaths of 19 civilians last week. At talks in Brussels, diplomats said Germany, Britain and the Czech Republic opposed publicly condemning Israel in a statement meant to be issued by foreign …

AP

Boeing backs philanthropy

Grant for American University in Cairo Gerhart Center CAIRO: Boeing has announced a grant to the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civil Engagement at the American University in Cairo (AUC). In hoping to encourage the practice of organized philanthropy in the Middle East, the Boeing grant will fund the “Cooperation in Education and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Abbas to brief Jordan, Egypt on Palestinian unity talks

AMMAN: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is due in Jordan Monday to update top officials on efforts to form a Palestinian unity government before heading to Cairo on a similar mission, an official said. Abbas was expected in Amman late Monday and would meet with Jordan s King Abdullah II on Tuesday to discuss the latest …

AFP

US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

Daily News Egypt

US environmental policy, or how to wear swimsuits to work

As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by the United States’ lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the US accounts for roughly 25 percent of all man-made global …

Daily News Egypt

Expect little change in US foreign policy

There appears to be little disagreement that the fierce partisan debate over Iraq in the run-up to the midterm congressional elections last week may have largely determined its outcome. During the campaign each party tried to create the perception of certainty as to how to proceed in Iraq without providing any credible evidence or sustainable …

Daily News Egypt

Iraq claims its most senior casualty

Senior military officers referred to it as “the 7,000-mile screwdriver. That was their way of describing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s penchant for micromanaging aspects of the Iraq War that interested him. And it’s one reason why the military will be happy today that Rumsfeld is leaving – even happier, maybe, than Democrats, who have …

David Ignatius

Experts see agreement in Egyptian, French approaches to Darfur crisis

US backing away from insistence on abidance to UN security resolution CAIRO: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy confirmed with President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo yesterday his country’s willingness to arbitrate and resolve the Darfur crisis peacefully. Douste-Blazy arrived in Cairo on Saturday to discuss regional issues as well as map out a strategy to resolve …

Sarah El Sirgany

The past, present, and future of nuclear power in Egypt

Expert opinion on Egypt’s potential as a nuclear power producer In recent weeks, Egypt has witnessed a flurry of activity, announcements and revelations concerning its now revitalized nuclear energy program. Originally started in the 1950s, the program was stalled, seemingly permanently, in the 1980s. In September, however, Gamal Mubarak, deputy chairman of the National Democratic …

Deena Douara

Human rights groups condemn extended detainment of student blogger

More than 14 human rights organizations have condemned the decision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Alexandria to extend the detention of student blogger Kareem Amer for an additional 15 days pending further investigation into his online writings in which he reportedly criticizes Islam. In a press release issued on Nov. 11, the organizations called …

Alexandra Sandels

French FM seeks Darfur compromise with sudan

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy conferred with Egyptian officials Sunday ahead of a trip to Khartoum aimed at finding a compromise with Sudan on the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur. The French diplomat held talks with Khartoum s Egyptian allies in a bid to explore new solutions after the Sudanese government made …

Daily News Egypt

Iranian influence a double edged sword for Egypt's Shiites

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Iran s rising regional influence has emboldened Egyptian Shiites to demand more rights, but has also left them vulnerable under a regime that questions their loyalty and treats all religious groups with suspicion. The post-Saddam Hussein rise of Iraq s long-downtrodden Shiites, the popularity of Lebanon s Hezbollah movement and Iran s …

Daily News Egypt

Arab FMs discuss Gaza crisis

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers convened in Cairo Sunday for an emergency meeting to discuss Israel s devastating raids in the Gaza Strip, an AFP correspondent reported. The meeting was convened at Lebanon s request to discuss the current situation in the Palestinian territories and the escalation of Israel s aggression against the Palestinian people, especially …

AFP

Where there is a will, there is no way for Sfax:

Al-Ahli victorious in the Rades showdown In an incredible show of sheer will and stamina, Al-Ahli managed a righteous injury time goal to blow Tunisian hopes and win the African championship for the second year in a row. The roaring Tunisian crowd filled the Rades stadium but the Ahli players were on a mission. They …

Daily News Egypt

Rapid growth in Sharia compliant finance

CAIRO: The Arab world is experiencing a sudden explosion in vehicles for Islamic-compliant finance, which is rapidly becoming one of its most dynamic growth areas. Analysts contrast the speed of the new developments in efforts to expand investment activity compliant with the tenets of the Koran with the fact that the world’s first Islamic bank …

Noozz

Suez Canal revenue up 10 percent

CAIRO: Revenue from the Suez Canal was $3.2 billion in the first 10 months of the year – boosting Egypt s coffers by $400 million more than in the same period in 2005, the chairman of the canal authority Ahmed Fadel said Saturday. “The Suez Canal earned revenue of $3.2 billion between Jan. 1, 2006 …

AFP

Take me out to the ballgame!

Softball alive and kicking in Cairo CAIRO: The Apache woman’s softball team caressed, crushed and cheered the ball to all points of the field on Friday, scoring eight runs in the fifth inning, to post an impressive 15-5 victory over Cairo’s Conrad Hotel. The power hitting of the Apache women was evident from their first …

Peter A. Carrigan

After Rumsfeld, a good time to refocus on 'soft power'

The midterm elections in the United States earlier this week were the sharpest popular rebuke that President George W. Bush has yet suffered at home. With Congress lost to the Democrats and exit polls showing six in 10 voters opposed to the Iraq war, Bush finally fired Donald Rumsfeld, his disastrous secretary of defense. But …

Daily News Egypt

Consider an interim deal to avoid a risky political vacuum

Since Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shelved his unilateral withdrawal, or “convergence plan for the West Bank, his government has had no political agenda at all for dealing with the Palestinian issue. Between the weakness displayed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the escalating military activity in Gaza brought on by Hamas’ arms buildup and …

Daily News Egypt

Dream of permanent peace by delaying it for a decade

Here in the Gaza Strip, where I live, few dream of peace. For now, most dare only to dream of a lack of war. It is for this reason that the Hamas movement proposes a long-term truce during which the Israeli and Palestinian peoples can try to negotiate a lasting peace. A truce is referred …

Daily News Egypt

Rumsfeld resignation positive sign for Egypt and the region, experts say

Republicans trying to appease public on unpopular Iraq policy after Congressional losses CAIRO: The resignation of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld after the Democratic sweep to power in both houses of the Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate – signals a change in American policy towards Iraq and more positive outlook …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

New government regulations tighten control over Gulf consortium transportation projects

Ministry of Transportation reserves the right to increase share in future projects beyond 20 percent CAIRO: Minister of Transportation (MOT) Mohammed Mansour approved new regulations Monday to help his ministry retain some control over future transportation projects to be established by the Gulf consortium created in August to invest in Egypt s transportation infrastructure. With …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Restaurant review: For simple family fun on Fridays

Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road is a great spot for a weekend family outing CAIRO: As soon as the weather shows signs of cooling down, on Friday afternoons families head in droves to Andrea on El-Mariottiya canal road. Lured in by the smell of roasting chicken, a casual atmosphere, and the promise of a donkey …

Aida Nassar

Remembering the war to end all wars

Many war dead from WWI buried in Egyptian cemeteries CAIRO: This month marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, fought in 1914-1918, the memory of which usually pales in comparison with that of World War II, which decided the political track that the world has taken and still plays a significant role …

Ahmed Maged

Egyptian public unfazed by US Democratic win

The few who follow midterm elections are not optimistic regarding American plans for the region CAIRO: In the United States, excitement over the midterm elections reached fever pitch on Tuesday night as the Democratic Party was poised to overrun the Republicans in both branches of Congress: the Senate and the House of Representatives. But for …

Sarah El Sirgany