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Student union elections marred by violence, controversy on Egypt campuses

The chants have become familiar: National Security, out, this is our university and it will remain free; who runs the university, the dean or Internal Affairs, shouted protesting university students on campuses throughout Cairo and the governorates. In the latest such protest, students at Helwan University demonstrated against the arrest of 28 of their colleagues …

Sarah El Sirgany

Analyzing a quarter century under Mubarak

Widely touted 25th anniversary under the microscope CAIRO: In the wake of celebrations marking the “25th anniversary of Mubarak (a tag used by national newspapers) last October, analyst and political veteran Osama Al-Ghazali Harb, says President Hosni Mubarak’s “peace years have saved the country from war and conflict but not from poverty and underdevelopment. Harb, …

Pakinam Amer

What's so Egyptian about being Egyptian anymore?

A forgotten sense of national pride and obligation to country Ramadan’s come and gone. Not only is it the time of year characterized by the oxymoronic gluttonizing of food after a day of fasting, but it is also the season of an ever-so not entertaining clutter of cliché soap operas peppered with an ever-so-more unentertaining …

Daily News Egypt

Unsafe abortions kill thousands of women, experts say

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 70,000 women worldwide die from unsafe abortions each year while many more suffer serious injuries, especially in poor countries, health experts said Monday. Unsafe abortion is a serious public health problem for women, accounting for 13 percent of all maternal deaths globally each year, said Dorothy Shaw, president-elect of the International Federation …

AFP

New public movement against religious discrimination established

Political rights activists rally public support for protection of religious minorities CAIRO: Following the mob attacks on Alexandria’s St. George’s Coptic Church last year, Dr. Mounir Megahed, general manager of feasibility studies at the Nuclear Power Plants Authority and a few of his colleagues decided to take action against attacks on religious minorities in Egypt. …

Alexandra Sandels

Egyptians sound off on Saddam Hussein execution verdict

CAIRO: While reaction to the execution verdict handed down to Saddam Hussein has been split along sectarian lines in Iraq, Egyptians had mixed reactions. “I’m for the verdict in essence but I’m against the form, Samer Soliman, assistant professor of political economy at the American University in Cairo said. “I don’t have any doubt that …

Sarah El Sirgany

Mecca Charter: gap between principles and practice

After the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, it became clear that sectarian and ethnic identity would be a major principle of post-Saddam politics. With parliament seats and government posts being allocated according to a sectarian-ethnic quota system, powerful Iraqi actors – chiefly the religious Shiite parties and the Kurdish parties – advocated …

Daily News Egypt

Is Washington promoting democracy or comedy?

If you did not hear it, the bell for the second round of the new cold war in the Middle East rang on Wednesday, in the form of the United States and Hezbollah trading accusations against each other about assorted sinister aims. There is much that is interesting and important – indeed, historic – about …

Rami G. Khouri

A clash of civilizations in Europe

A year after the wave of violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world protesting the publication of caricatures of Mohammed by a Danish newspaper, frictions between Europe and the Muslim world multiply, threatening to make the “clash of civilizations a self-fulfilling prophecy: Pope Benedict XVI outrages the Muslim world by quoting remarks critical of the Prophet …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt considers buying advanced Russian MiG-29

CAIRO: In what some analysts expect to be a major weapons procurement policy shift, Egypt is considering a Russian offer to sell the advanced MiG-29 fighter jet. Chief of Staff General Hussam Sueweilam told The Daily Star Egypt that Egypt s decision to purchase the MiG-29 fighter planes from Russia should not be considered a …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

President Mubarak turns to Russian, Chinese technical assistance

CAIRO: Despite the destruction of Iraq’s nuclear program and with US efforts to isolate Iran over its reactors, several countries in the Arab world are looking to nuclear power to provide energy. And Egypt is leading the pack. According to the Middle East Economic Digest, Egypt’s program – though stalled since 1984 – is more …

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Ironing good enough for kings and pashas

Deep in the heart of Masr Al-Qadima an old tradition survives CAIRO: While most professionals make a point of seeking out modern technology to allow them to finish their work in the fastest and easiest ways possible, a few holdouts refuse to bend to modernity and resist the impulse to upgrade. One of these is …

Ahmed Maged

Palestinian-Jordanians still discriminated against, research shows

‘Stateless’ face strict preconditions for receiving UN relief funds CAIRO: While Jordan may be considered one of the leading destinations for asylum-seeking Palestinian refugees in comparison to other Arab states such as Lebanon and Syria, Palestinian-Jordanians still face extensive socio-economic discrimination in the Hashemite kingdom, research fellow Gudrun Kroner said. According to statistics from the …

Alexandra Sandels

Egypt says dismayed over Israeli actions in Gaza

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said on Saturday he was dismayed at what he called Israel s excessive use of force in a four-day military offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed 39 people. Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, including four militants in air strikes and clashes during one of …

Reuters

Egypt police detain 30 Islamists

CAIRO: Thirty members of Egypt s opposition Muslim Brotherhood, mostly students, have been detained in Cairo s southern suburbs, security sources and the movement s website said Sunday. All detainees are residents of the Helwan neighborhood in southern Cairo and most of them are students, a security official said on condition of anonymity. The arrests …

AFP

Muslim Brotherhood says US occupier a greater criminals than Saddam

CAIRO: Saddam Hussein was a despot but his crimes are dwarfed by those of the occupiers, the leader of Egypt s Muslim Brothers said Sunday after the ousted Iraqi leader was sentenced to death in Baghdad. There is no doubt Saddam Hussein was a tyrant and a despot who harmed Iraq and generated the disastrous …

AFP

Egypt concerned about weapons smuggled through Sinai

CAIRO: Egyptian police sources reported finding at least two tons of explosives hidden in three separate caches in the Sinai village of Raythan. The find comes less than 10 days after police along the Gaza border seized 195 crates of automatic weapons and ammunition believed to be readied for smuggling to Palestinian factions in the …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

One group's folly doesn't represent an entire country

A Danish perspective on recent events concerning the Muslim world The latest unfortunate events affecting the perception of Denmark in the Muslim world call for a reaction from an ordinary Dane. As a Danish woman, living and loving in Cairo, Egypt, I would hereby like to volunteer my point of view on a situation that …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Ahli-ENPPI game postponed for African mission

Al-Ahli s league game against ENPPI has been postponed to help the Egyptian champions prepare properly for their African Champions League final on Nov. 11, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Saturday. We ve accepted Al-Ahli s request to emphasize that the EFA is fully behind the Egyptian representative in their crucial clash, spokesman …

Hatem Maher

To reach peace, start with borders first

The failure of the peace process to produce the desired outcome has provoked much speculation as to why it failed. The different sides to the conflict have different interpretations, mostly blaming the other. But few have questioned the approach on which the process was based. When the United States and the Soviet Union invited the …

Daily News Egypt

The perils of launching a military strike on Iran

In the winter of 2002-3, supporters of regime change in Iraq were upbeat in their vision of the post-invasion phase of the war. Anyone who suggested that what is happening today was a likely scenario was criticized as being a pro-Saddam appeaser, anti-American, or both. Yet a sober assessment of the difficulties ahead would have …

Daily News Egypt

Does George W. Bush have a surprise up his sleeve?

Following next Tuesday s elections, President Bush will face some of the most difficult decisions of his presidency as he struggles to craft a strategy for dealing with the ruinous mess in Iraq. Bush will have to do what he has sometimes found hardest – which is to make a decisive choice among conflicting recommendations …

David Ignatius

The 10 best memories of Christmas cheer

The season to be jolly in the heart of Cairo CAIRO: Autumn, it is the northern hemisphere’s favorite condition, and also Cairo’s best season. It is the ‘silly season.’ A shopping frenzy ensures, copious quantities of food and drink are consumed, party invites flood in and Cairo’s foreigners get all sentimental about Christmas crackers and …

Peter A. Carrigan

Koshary in first class; a new look at airplane food

Lufthansa unveils new gourmet Arab-European fusion menu Lufthansa Airlines unveiled a new Middle East-themed menu at a lavish event Thursday night at the Marriott Zamalek. The buzzwords for the evening were “New Arabian Cuisine. The menu will be served to all first class and business class passengers traveling between Europe and the Arab world. The …


The US must engage Somalia now, before the Horn blows

Unlike the Middle East, which is frequented by senior officials from the United States government, when it comes to Africa, the US prefers to send its second-in-command. This is not new State Department protocol, however, as Congo’s 4 million deaths and Rwanda’s 800,000 deaths rarely received senior level treatment, and with Darfur only recently becoming …

Daily News Egypt