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CIB says eyes Middle East expansion

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of Egypt s top three private-sector banks, said on Monday it was eyeing potential expansion in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Gulf. The bank said in a conference call it also expected to announce the shareholding structure and exact start-up date for its Algerian subsidiary by year-end. It said …

Reuters

Government formulates strategy to combat potential bird flu pandemic

Migratory season arouses concerns over a recurrence of last year’s battle with avian flu CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif chaired a meeting Monday with the national committee for combating bird flu to map out a strategy should a pandemic hit Egypt. According to the World Health Organization, The world may be on the brink of …

Sarah El Sirgany

Coach shooting for a royal flush?

Pressure’s on for Ahli’s all or nothing in Tunisia CAIRO: Al-Ahli club’s Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has thrown all his cards into the fray and is waiting for a royal flush. Earlier this week, the Egyptian football federation agreed to postpone Al-Ahli’s game with Emppi in order to give the redcoat players enough rest before …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's universities brimming with students turned activists

Muslim Brotherhood’s student members face uphill battle CAIRO: Salah is a clean-shaven young man dressed in worn-out jeans and a casual beige jacket. His grades imply that he is an above average achiever. He studies trade at Cairo University, regularly pays school fees and dreams of running for student union elections. In so many ways, …

Pakinam Amer

Crime Scene: Strangling method of choice in week's murders

Greedy wife gets just desserts; more traffic deaths CAIRO: This week the local press highlighted the hair-raising murder in Waraq of a Tok-Tok driver by an unemployed thug. The driver, Mohamed Ismail Ezz, 15, a student who earned his living during his spare time by driving the popular kind of cab, was strangled with a …

Ahmed Maged

Style and taste big on Bert's agenda

Eclectic but tasty offerings in a sophisticated atmosphere If Bert s doesn t sound very French to you, don’t worry, it isn’t. If it doesn t sound appetizing, however, that is another issue. This is the latest contemporary cafe to open its doors since Ramadan, but is still largely undiscovered. The French items on the …

Deena Douara

'Victor's justice' condemns Saddam

On Sunday came the anticipated verdict following the trial of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein – death by hanging. Early media reports described Saddam as shaking and shaken. In reality, he fluctuated between being anger, defiance and composure. The BBC’s correspondent in Iraq John Snow, who attended the sentencing, said he noticed a smile on …

Daily News Egypt

Two conditions must guide a Palestinian-Israeli settlement

The Middle East, with its vital resources and strategic location, is at a boiling point, and the course of events in the region has a direct impact on international stability. From there, a world war could break out. Conversely, it is also the place from where global peace could emerge. It is widely understood, except …

Daily News Egypt

Iran's Achilles heel: its reliance on oil revenues

Like North Korea, the Iranian government will not shy from a showdown over its nuclear program. Why should it? A nuclear weapon is the ultimate guarantee that the United States can never do to Iran what it did to Iraq. Moreover, this struggle with the US rallies much-needed domestic support. What, then, can the US …

Daily News Egypt

Putting an Islamic spin on global pop culture

Local tradition not only adapts but incorporates global trends Washington, D.C.: For decades Western popular culture has attracted the ire of Islamic activists who accuse it of subverting values, corrupting youth, destroying families or robbing Muslims of fundamental aspects of their identity. But hostility towards Western popular culture is not restricted to those who claim …

Daily News Egypt

Student blogger arrested for "spreading malicious rumors"

Abdel Karim Suliman Amer, also known as Kareem Amer, a student blogger, was detained Monday by state authorities and is being held in custody for four days awaiting prosecution for his secular online writings in which he criticizes Islam, his lawyer told The Daily Star Egypt. Freedom of expression is a basic human right. We …

Alexandra Sandels

Arab Writers' Union on Egyptian soil once again

Conference highlights Naguib Mahfouz and the Arab novel CAIRO: The 23rd General Union of Arab Writers conference will unfold in Cairo late this month for the first time since 1979 when the union s headquarters were transferred to other Arab capitals after Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Treaty with Israel, said Mohammed Salmawy, chief …

Ahmed Maged

Natural gas engines could be natural choice for Egypt

Conference aims to fuel interest in new energy technologies CAIRO: Imagine pulling up to the pumps and paying 60 percent less than you normally would for a tank of gasoline. Now imagine a country with clearer skies and more money to build schools, hospitals and roads. Sound like a fairy tale? Not according to the …

Jered Stuffco

Amoun Pharmaceutical Company successfully acquired by international investors

CAIRO: Mercury (Egypt) Pharmaceutical Manufacturing SAE announced yesterday the acquisition of a 93 percent stake in Amoun Pharmaceutical Co. (Amoun) for a price of $459 million, which translates to LE 47 per share. The acquisition has been sponsored by a consortium of US and international private equity investors, led by Citigroup Venture Capital International (CVCI), …

Farah El Alfy

A photographic walk down memory lane

The Arab Image Foundation works to preserve the true image of the region’s past CAIRO: Photographic images were instrumental in recording the social, cultural, economic and political transformation as it struggled with the incursion of the modern era between 1860 and 1960. The Ottoman Empire, once so powerful, began to waver. Egyptians strove to form …

Aida Nassar

Millions in Egypt could suffer from climate change: report

Possible threat to progress toward development goals for Africa NAIROBI, KENYA: According to the International Development Research Center (IDRC) climate changes will impede progress toward development goals in Africa and could see the migration of millions of people in Egypt who would lose their livelihoods. “Climate change touches all Africa including Egypt, said Rawya El-Dabi, …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Cairo streets take on a new dynamic

The psychology of the harasser and how to fight back CAIRO: As 17-year-old Layla is walking down a main street in Maadi, she notices a man straddling a bicycle on the corner. As she gets closer, she sees some unnaturally rapid movements underneath the man s galabiya as he hisses indecipherable words at her. A …

Daily News Egypt

Interest rate hike draws mixed reactions

Capmas: Inflation rate reaches 10 percent in October CAIRO: The Central Bank s (CB) Thursday decision to raise overnight interest rates by 0.5 percent to help curb inflation has drawn mixed responses from local analysts. Meanwhile, a new Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (Capmas) report shows the annual inflation rate has reached a …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

CIB says eyes Middle East expansion

CAIRO: Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of Egypt s top three private-sector banks, said on Monday it was eyeing potential expansion in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the Gulf. The bank said in a conference call it also expected to announce the shareholding structure and exact start-up date for its Algerian subsidiary by year-end. It said …

Reuters

Reel Estate: Shadows of a missing world

Stone’s latest film misses the mark As odd as this may sound, World Trade Center isn t really about 9/11. WTC is, for the most part, a Hollywood disaster movie marketed, and branded, as the first major film about the most important incident of the new century from Hollywood s most controversial director who, alas, …

Joseph Fahim

US key to solving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The words we use and the statements we make define who we are, what we believe. The more accurate our pronouncements are, the closer we are to the truth and to understanding each other. The better the understanding, the more engaged we become when the opportunity avails itself. In her keynote address to the American …

Daily News Egypt

Saving Iraq's justice: move Saddam's trial abroad

So Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. This does not come as a surprise. If one person were to be singled out in the world today for the ultimate sentence, Saddam would be the one. He is personally responsible for the death of about two million people through his rule between 1968 and 2003. With …

Daily News Egypt

No negotiations, no peace

The Israeli-Palestinian political arena has never looked worse. This is a reflection of the negative political situation internally in both areas. It seems that the main political agenda of the Israeli government today is survival, and once that becomes apparent to the people of Israel, the government’s days are numbered. On the Palestinian side, the …

Daily News Egypt

Rebuild Africa by funding the African Union Mission in Darfur

Last April, in the delegate’s lounge of the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, this columnist met with the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) permanent observer to the UN, Ambassador Abdul Wahab, to discuss ways in which Arab, Islamic, or African nation-states might assist in ending the genocide in Darfur. At that time, Qatar, Tanzania, …

Daily News Egypt

Canvassing the wisdom of the desert

Renaissance man captures a different side of Egypt With camera and sketchbook in hand, Dr. Farid Fadel headed to the Siwa Oasis on what he calls his first artistic mission. The result is the collection Desert, Oasis, and Valley currently showing at El-Hanager Art Center. Fadel s popularity as an artist is a combination of …

Aida Nassar