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Egyptian author speaks on Arab image in the West

CAIRO: One of Egypt’s most renowned writers, Ahdaf Soueif, spoke at the American University in Cairo (AUC) Thursday night. The famed writer discussed the importance of understanding how the west portrays Arabs in fiction, and her discussion was met with enthusiasm in a packed auditorium on campus. “The portrayal of Arabs in the west is …

Joseph Mayton

Aftermath of a wedding

Thank you all for coming to the thoroughly choreographed event that has announced to the world my union of four months with the sole heiress of the chocolate industry in Texas. Originally, when I started my gold digging career at the mature age of 50, I was told to go for the oil industry, but …

Nabil Shawkat

WWW World

War of wordshttp://www.bushflash.com/ Mohamed Ragheb This prescient pronouncement by the fourth president of the United States, James Madison (1809-1817) scrolls across the top of the home page: “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. The foreign enemy is of course Al-Qaeda, and the …

Daily News Egypt

Arabic e-books the real deal

CAIRO: A new form of information is storming through Egypt and the Arab world. It may be a few years away from dominating the industry, but Arabic e-book publishing is starting to make a direct impact in the world of literature and culture. Ramy Habeeb, managing director of Kotob Arabia, an e-book publishing house, has …

Joseph Mayton

Singapore's ST Telemedia, Qatar Tel partner for third license

Head: Singapore s ST Telemedia, Qatar Tel partner for third license SINGAPORE: Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia), a leading information-communications company, and Qatar Telecom QSC (Qtel), one of the Middle East’s growing telecommunications companies, announced their joint venture to bid as a consortium for the third Public Land Mobile Network license in the Arab Republic …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The nanny: The essential luxury

ALEXANDRIA: When walking in sports clubs in Alexandria and Cairo, where members of Egypt’s “high society usually take their children for fresh air and sun, it is not odd to see women and girls of all ages and nationalities wearing white coats tailing the young kids. These women are called nannies, in reference to their …

Daily News Egypt

Monuments, deserts and beaches

CAIRO: There are many things Egyptians can look forward to with the onset of the spring season: ideal weather, outdoor cafes, a jump-start to the summer and an abundance of holidays. “Spring is one of the best seasons for travel, says Mohammed Al Rifai, director of sales at Eastmar Travel. “The weather is accommodating to …

Najla Moussa

Government's human rights body demands immediate end of emergency state

CAIRO: The government s human rights watchdog condemned police intimidation during parliamentary elections last year, saying in a report Wednesday that security forces closed off polling stations to voters. Egyptian reformers have criticized the National Council for Human Rights, formed in 2004, saying it gives only muted reports on government human rights violations. Elections in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Dealing with Egypt's infamous traffic dilemma

CAIRO: As far as most people are concerned, the traffic problem in Cairo is an unsolved dilemma. This idea may be changing as a result of efforts by traffic police over the past two months. Many people have credited this change to General Ismail Al Shaer, the Ministry of Interior’s assistant who was recently appointed …

Daily News Egypt

Median o/n interbank falls to 8.45 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound fell to 8.45 percent on Thursday from 8.538 percent on Wednesday, toward the end of a central bank reserve period to measure banks reserves, traders said. The two-week period ends on Monday and a new one begins the following day. Banks try to meet their …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More blame placed on ferry captain

CAIRO: The government laid more blame on Wednesday on the captain of the ferry which sank in the Red Sea in February with the loss of more than 1,000 lives. A cabinet statement said analysis of the recording of the conversation on the bridge of the Salam 98 showed the captain did not take any …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Representing Egypt

CAIRO: As part of the ongoing effort to lure a record 16 million tourists by 2014, the Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) has paired up with private advertising companies to launch an aggressive domestic and international campaign showcasing Egypt as a leading destination. Under the auspices of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Tourism Zoheir Garranah …

Vivian Salama

Coherent vocational training agenda takes shape

CAIRO: The shortage of properly trained staff is the most common complaint of industrial businesses. Policymakers and economists also cite the mismatch in the supply and demand for skills as one of the biggest challenges to the nation s economic growth. To address this issue, parliament passed a law in 2003 creating the National Fund …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

National debt, Al-Wafd conflict dominate headlines

CAIRO: As updates of the Al-Wafd party’s violent internal conflict continue to take prominent spots in local newspapers, related conspiracy theories were the topics for editorial discussion. The news regarding the judges club and their canceled meeting with Human Rights Watch, reports on the national debt and President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to Khartoum also received …

Sarah El Sirgany

Formulating the global agenda

CAIRO: Committed to improving the state of the world, goes the motto of the World Economic Forum. As with most slogans, it s catchy yet vague and difficult to contend with. Nevertheless, this annual gathering of the world s most influential people in Davos, followed by a number of regional meetings, is not without its …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Cancelled rights talk shows up lack of judicial freedom, say activists

CAIRO: The last-minute cancellation of a scheduled meeting between representatives of international rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Cairo-based Judges’ Club exposed the judiciary’s lack of independence from the authorities, local activists said. “The decision reflects the grim reality faced by the judiciary in Egypt, said Nasser Amin, director of the Arab Center …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Female journalist willing to apologize

CAIRO: After successfully appealing her indictment for libel in a Giza court, Amira Malash, a journalist with Al-Fajr, is making an attempt at reconciliation with her accuser to put “an end to this case. In Wednesday’s session, the Giza court reviewed the attorney’s request concerning the appeal and accepted a postponement of the case until …

Pakinam Amer

Sharm to be permanent home for Arab summits

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will fund the construction of a permanent seat for Arab summits in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, an Arab diplomat said Wednesday. Egypt will offer the land for the building, the Riyadh-based diplomat told AFP, requesting anonymity. The decision comes after Saudi Arabia declined during the annual Arab summit …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Demining for development

Since the end of World War II, some 8,000 people have died as a result of active landmines in Egypt s North Coast and Western Desert. Over the past 60 years, ordnance in both Sinai and the Western Desert have served as an impediment to developmental projects that might otherwise function as alleviation to Egypt …

Vivian Salama

Egypt reports ninth human case of bird flu

CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday reported a new human case of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu, bringing to nine the number of human infections in the country, including two fatalities, an official said. The latest infection was detected in a 16-month-old child from the village of Dar Al-Salam in the southern province of Sohag, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Overnight interbank steady at 8.55 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound was 8.55 percent on Wednesday, little changed from Tuesday s 8.58 percent, with few banks dealing, bankers said. Four of nine banks contacted by Reuters dealt overnight at rates of 8.45 to 8.65 percent. Only one bank contacted on Tuesday had dealt overnight at 8.65 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Depicting hypocrisy and denial in Egyptian society

CAIRO: There is a considerable amount of humor and despondency in Walid Khairy’s collection of short stories, No One Saw You as You Walked by the Café. The stories contain a multitude of themes. Among them are family, religion, sex, fantasy, violence, social aspirations and hypocrisy. In its entirety, the book mocks and exposes the …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt needs higher gas prices, says Britain's BG

ALEXANDRIA: One of the biggest gas producers operating in Egypt urged the government on Tuesday to raise domestic prices and ease access to higher value markets to attract capital for exploration. Stuart Fysh, regional executive vice president of British gas and oil company BG Group Plc, said that without revenue increases exploration capital could dwindle …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Investments in Egypt jump 500 percent compared to same period last year

CAIRO: Investments in Egypt are skyrocketing, up 500 percent over last year, according to the minister of investment. During the 4th Economic roundtable meeting held in Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieddin, minister of investment, stated that investments in the petroleum sector amounted to $1.9 billion, and $2.5 billion in other sectors, at the mid-point of the 2005/06 …

Najla Moussa

Profile of key players

President Hosni Mubarak In 1981, Mubarak, then Vice-President, became president of Egypt following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. Mubarak declared on his inauguration that he would follow the political direction of his predecessor, which was marked by reconciliation with the West and peace with Israel inside internationally recognized borders. Before becoming president, Mubarak served …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

License for aspiring party delayed

CAIRO: In yet another setback for opposition groups, the Egyptian Political Parties Court has once again postponed a request by the Al-Karama (Dignity) group to officially form a party. “We are certainly going to win the case, a young member of Al-Karama, Mohammad Al-Hameedy, tells The Daily Star Egypt preceding Saturday’s court session. “We will …

Pakinam Amer

Egyptian media and the road to democracy

CAIRO: Since the dawn of satellite television across the Arab world, the media has taken on a more combative role in its review of government, once the absolute force behind what was reported. Arab governments in recent years have been forced to take a hard look at their tactics for dealing with the media, as …

Vivian Salama

Three months after parliamentary elections, opposition in shambles

CAIRO: A gunfight that broke out at the headquarters of Egypt’s oldest opposition party on Saturday served to underscore the plight of Egypt’s political opposition, in a state of disarray since parliamentary elections were held three months ago. “The incident is proof that none of the secular opposition parties are capable of resolving their rapidly …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Eight more Islamists detained in central Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have detained eight more members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the central city of Al-Minya, the Islamist movement s spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. Eight members of the Brotherhood were arrested in Al-Minya, one of whom is the son of a Brotherhood member of parliament, said Essam Al-Aryan. It is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff