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Latest in Politics


Libel conviction underscores lack of press freedoms, say activists

CAIRO: Activists condemned the recent sentencing of newspaper journalist Amira Malash to one year in prison for libel, citing earlier government promises that prison sentences for press related offences would be abolished. The nature of Malash s trial and conviction indicates that talk of growing press freedom over recent months has been misconstrued, said Ahmed …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EFG-Hermes drags down stock market

CAIRO: EFG-Hermes Holdings shares fell on Sunday and dragged Egypt s stock market lower in a burst of selling by investors not wanting to take part in the investment bank s capital increase, traders said. EFG-Hermes said on Sunday that holders of its stock at the end of the trading session would be able to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak meets with catholic pontiff

CAIRO: Pope Benedict XVI of the Vatican hailed the efforts of President Hosni Mubarak for his regional leadership during these turbulent times. Wrapping up his European tour yesterday with a stop in Vatican City, Mubarak and the Catholic leader also discussed concerns regarding the succession of a Hamas-heavy parliament in Palestine, and the threat of …

Vivian Salama

President urges talks between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian government

VIENNA, Austria: President Hosni Mubarak urged Israel and Hamas on Monday to talk to each other once the radical Palestinian group forms a new government, saying both sides must change hard-line positions to avoid further violence and chaos. Mubarak also appealed to the international community to continue financial aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government, declaring …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Computers for one and all

CAIRO: While the IT industry in Egypt has been growing by leaps and bounds, thanks to a forceful nudge from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), computer dealers have not benefited from the boom in the industry. “There are still too many people in Egypt who do not own computers, Amr Sheira, CEO …

Najla Moussa

An Egyptian labyrinth

CAIRO: The fabled labyrinth was a place constructed of or full of intricate passageways and blind alleys to confuse and challenge those who entered. Artist Nora Bachel offers a new articulation of this form by transforming a factory space in the Townhouse Gallery into a geometrical patterned maze created with mud building bricks. The Austrian …

Farah El Alfy

Ship disaster compensation inadequate say activists

CAIRO: Compensation offered to survivors and families of victims of the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 ferry disaster, in which more than 1,000 people died on Feb. 3, is being inadequately distributed, according to Egyptian human rights activists. To date, the Al-Salam company, which owned the vessel, has promised the families of victims $26,170 each and survivors …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Round-up

CAIRO: Egypt newspapers continue to take different angles on news; independent newspapers are reporting the latest clashes in Egypt’s upper-house meeting and are following up corruption cases while updates of the president’s diplomatic tour in Europe rules the state-owned papers’ front pages. “[Hosni] Mubarak concludes his European tour by meeting the Vatican Pope, read a …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt wins seventh world golf croquet championship

CAIRO: In the Hawke’s Bay Seventh Golf Croquet Championship, Egyptian Mohammed Nasr claimed the world title after beating fellow Egyptian Salah Hassan in the final match. According to the World Golf Croquet Federation, which organized the championship in New Zealand this month, Nasr is ranked eighth worldwide, while ranking third in Egypt. He plays for …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's paradise for lepers

ABU ZAABAL, Egypt: Behind a vale of trees lies the largest leper colony in the Middle East, a virtual oasis in Egypt for those who have been ostracized by society. Launched at the beginning of the 1930s, the Abu Zaabal centre in the governorate of Qaliubiya, north of Cairo, hosts a hospital, pre-school, a prison …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Multi-national Lokomotiv Moscow sign north African pair

MOSCOW: Lokomotiv Moscow has signed Egyptian striker Amr Zaki and Tunisian midfielder Saker Zouaghi on five-year contracts, the Russian premier league club said on Saturday. Zaki, who helped Egypt to the African Nations Cup title on home soil last month, is the second striker signed by the Moscow club in the last four days. Scotland …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

EgyptAir to sell off 20 percent of its shares

CAIRO: National carrier EgyptAir announced Saturday it is to sell off 20 percent of its shares on the stock market, with the airline s employees given priority to invest. EgyptAir is in the process of selecting an international firm to prepare a study on how the sale, the first by the state-owned company to the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Doing business despite boycott

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Danish engineering company FLSmidth on Friday received an Egyptian order worth 450 million kroner ($72 million) despite a widespread boycott of Danish products throughout the Arab world over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons. Spanish-Egyptian joint venture Arabian Cement Company placed the order for engineering services and equipment for the construction of a cement plant …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Qatar denies handing over Cairo bombing suspect

DOHA: Qatar on Saturday denied it had handed over to Egypt a man allegedly involved in attacks on tourists in Cairo last April, contradicting an earlier Egyptian report, the official QNA agency reported. An official at the Qatari interior ministry denied that Doha had handed over to Egypt one of those suspected of financing attacks …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Gomaa sets up rival newspaper

CAIRO: Following its reissue, the Al-Wafd newspaper faces new trouble as overthrown Al-Wafd chairman Noaman Gomaa attempts to seize the newspaper by publishing a rival edition from new headquarters in downtown. “Gomaa’s so-called newspaper is not and will not be issued, says Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, former parliamentarian and one of Gomaa’s principal party opponents. “It …

Pakinam Amer

The media buying business

CAIRO: The advertising industry, in all its shapes and forms, is in a tight jam. As consumers become better informed, the traditional methods of advertising and marketing no longer sell. In response, a growing diversified segment of media has cropped up: media buying agencies. While they do not create the campaign (that’s advertising’s job), or …

Najla Moussa

The comic and the melodramatic do battle on the big screen

CAIRO: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, will always be remembered as one of the classic lines of American cinema. But the words that shot Dustin Hoffman to stardom in The Graduate turn into the nightmare of Jennifer Aniston’s character (Sarah) in Rumor Has It… As the film title suggests, rumor has it that …

Sarah El Sirgany

Opinion

CAIRO: With the recent annulment of Al-Masry Al-Youm journalist Abdel-Nasser Al Zoheiry’s sentence, this piece was almost unnecessary; but then, less than a week after his release, Amira Malash, a reporter with Al Fajr newspaper, was imprisoned. Egyptian media have been at the forefront of international and national news, and it’s not been good for …

Joseph Mayton

Hog-wild for Harleys

CAIRO: My colleagues tell me I’m not exactly what you’d call a biker babe. I don’t wear leather, I don’t like loud noise and I can be a bit of a wimp. Until recently, I was far too petrified to even attempt getting on a motorcycle. Cairo isn’t exactly what I’d characterize as ideal for …

Vivian Salama

Present and Tense

“Would you like to meet the horse? the woman asks with a tinge of excitement in her voice. With me are three women, all pretty, all ecstatic, and one is married to me. It’s 9 p.m. I’ve had a long day in the office and all I want in this life is a hot bath …

Nabil Shawkat

Uproar over Al Banna movie

CAIRO: Perhaps in response to recent Muslim Brotherhood success in the parliamentary elections, several writers and production companies are competing to produce the first movie about Hassan Al Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 and was assassinated in 1949. In much the same way that Al Banna was controversial in his life and …

Magdy Samaan

Opinion

CAIRO: I recently heard a senior government official relate an anecdote. In Canada, he asked a Canadian, if you are driving late at night, and you see a red light, and there are no police around, what do you do? The official s rhetorical question was intended to contrast the common adherence to rules in …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Sports Talk

Munich did not win the Oscar for best film. Not a movie critic by any stretch, I m not in a position to say whether Munich deserved the award. However, from the perspective of this column, I think the film should be looked into because the 1972 Munich Olympics, upon which the film is based, …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Continued reactions over cartoon controversy

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: A popular Egyptian preacher on Friday called for reconciliation between the West and the Muslim world at the start of a conference aimed at fostering religious dialogue following the uproar caused by the prophet cartoons. We feel there are forces of extremism which are aiming to light fires and transform Denmark from a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Journalists support sentenced reporter

CAIRO: A sentenced female reporter’s case is still unfolding as the Egyptian court that indicted her refused her lawyers’ plea for appeal on Thursday, a move that provoked criticism from fellow Egyptian journalists, writers and editors. “It is not like I committed a major offense or killed a man, said Amira Malash, the young Al-Fajr …

Pakinam Amer

Cairo to host Arab mini-summit on Darfur

CAIRO: The leaders of Sudan, Egypt and Libya are to take part in an Arab mini-summit on the Darfur conflict to be held in Cairo around March 20, President Hosni Mubarak said Friday. Mubarak, quoted in government newspapers, said the meeting would be held a week before the Arab summit due to take place on …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

New gallery devoted to ancient Nubia

CHICAGO: As the Field Museum in downtown Chicago geared up for another blockbuster visit this spring by the golden treasures of King Tutankhamen, the OrientalInstitute of the University of Chicago quietly opened a new gallery devoted to ancient Nubia, the mysterious land from where all that gold came. Egypt didn t have any gold, explained …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak opposes force in Iran nuclear crisis

ROME: President Hosni Mubarak, in Rome for talks, voiced opposition to any use of force in the Iran nuclear crisis, the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Mubarak s spokesman as saying. The path of dialogue is the sole and only option, ANSA quoted spokesman Suleiman Awad as saying when referring to Mubarak s assessment of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's Mubarak visits Germany for talks with Merkel & Koehler

BERLIN: President Hosni Mubarak arrived in Berlin on Friday for talks with German leaders on issues including the Israeli-Paliestinian conflict and moves toward democracy in the Middle East. German President Horst Koehler greeted Mubarak at his Berlin palace. Mubarak meets Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday. Islamic militant group …

Daily Star Egypt Staff