Latest in Tag: Aboul Fotouh Highlight

Latest in Tag: Aboul Fotouh


Petroleum ministry denies rumors of increasing diesel fuel prices

CAIRO: Mahmoud Nazeem, Deputy Minister of Petroleum denied Monday rumors of an increase in the price of diesel fuel, that has led to over-crowding in filling stations. Taxis, buses, and some private cars have, however, been complaining from diesel fuel shortages. On Sunday queues in some filling stations stretched up to 500 meters. Local bakeries …

Daily News Egypt

PA immunity lifted from Talaat El-Sadat for bribery charges

CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) has lifted parliamentary immunity from independent MP Talaat El-Sadat due to charges of bribery brought against him by the State Security Prosecution Office. The Ministry of Justice had requested from PA speaker Fathi Sorour to lift El-Sadat’s immunity since he is under investigation into charges that he had received a …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

One-on-one with controversial Egyptian feminist Nawal El-Saadaw

CAIRO: The idea of celebrating Women’s Day was spearheaded for the first time during the women’s labor movements in the first decade of the 20th century. Women’s labor participation worldwide in the 1910s was minimal, but still these pioneering women took to the streets to demand higher wages and a better work environment. The percentage …

Daily News Egypt

Women's rights take baby steps forward in Mideast

WASHINGTON: Women’s rights have inched forward in the Middle East, but gender inequality remains the norm in the region and in some countries the situation has taken a turn for the worse, says a US study. “The Middle East remains the most repressive region when it comes to women’s rights but we have noticed some …

AFP

Military Court dismisses blogger's case

CAIRO: Blogger Ahmed Mostafa was released Sunday after an Egyptian Military Court decided to dismiss the case filed against him for accusing the military of corruption. The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) welcomed the release, referring to the court’s decision as the “right one. Mostafa’s lawyers, who are members in the unit for …

Essam Fadl

Mexico detects first mutation of swine flu

MEXICO CITY: Mexican officials said Wednesday they have confirmed the first mutation of the A(H1N1) flu virus in a girl who survived the infection. Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told Mexican journalists that the case was the first confirmed mutation of the swine flu virus, though there were 423 other suspected cases. He said the …

AFP

59 Egyptian fishermen detained in Libya

CAIRO: The Egyptian embassy in Tripoli is following up on the detained fishermen in Libya, and pushing for their release at the behest of the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, according to online news portal Egynews.net. Libyan authorities notified the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli Thursday that 59 Egyptian fishermen on board four boats were …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Egypt's cyber battles: An ambivalent relationship with the internet

CAIRO: In December 2009 blogger Mohamed Khalaf was handed down a one-year prison sentence, in absentia, after a Tenth of Ramadan City court found him guilty of libeling the judiciary on his website. Khalaf created “El-A’dala El-Zalema (Unfair Justice) after a business rival, Nader Khalil, was acquitted of charges of writing a blank check raised …

Sarah Carr

Egypt set to raise retirement age to 65, sees savings up

CAIRO: Egypt s cabinet has proposed a law to raise the retirement age by five years to 65 and to make other pension changes that the Finance Ministry said would help boost the savings rate and improve growth prospects. Analysts said the overall changes would help cut the government s existing pensions deficit. The draft …

Reuters

MP criticizes gender-specific reference to State Council 'members'

CAIRO: MP Ibtisam Habib called on Parliament Speaker Fathi Sorour to amend some of the principles of Article 47 on the State Council, namely changing the term “men of the State Council to “members of the State Council, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported. In all the articles of the current law, those who are involved with …

Daily News Egypt

Turkey has to take the role of 'order-instituting country' in ME, FM tells AUC

CAIRO: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kicked off the American University in Cairo’s new School of Global Affairs and Policy’s public lecture series Wednesday, discussing the role of Turkey in the Middle East as an “order-instituting country. “Turkey is no longer a country which only reacts to crises, but notices the crises before their emergence …

Daily News Egypt

Death sentence overturned, retrial ordered in Tamim murder case

CAIRO: The Cairo Cassation Court overturned the death verdict and ordered the retrial of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari Thursday for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim. The courtroom broke out in loud cheers as head of the Cassation Court Adel Abdel-Hamid announced that the appeals filed by both Moustafa and Al-Sukkari had …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Legal specialists say draft law 'satisfactory'

CAIRO: Even though the presentation of a draft law regulating the work of legal specialist was postponed until later this month, the specialists said they are satisfied with the process so far. A parliamentary committee was scheduled to present the draft law on Wednesday, but postponed it to March 24 due to the absence of …

Tamim Elyan

Freedoms committee supports calls against 'atheist' blogs

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate’s freedom’s committee announced its full support for Al-Masry Al-Youm’s columnist, Sahar El-Ga’ara, in her call for shutting down and prosecuting the authors of blogs that she said “preach atheism and disrespect religions. “It is my duty to protect the social peace and to report on anything which I find is threatening …

Safaa Abdoun

Egypt slams UN criticism of Africa migrant killings

CAIRO: Egypt on Wednesday rejected criticism from the UN human rights chief of its policy of shooting African migrants trying to enter illegally into Israel as unprofessional. The statement from Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “contains many errors and false allegations … and lacks professionalism and impartiality, foreign ministry spokesman Hossam …

AFP

Egyptian-born Quebec student fights for face-veil right: reports

MONTREAL: A Quebec tribunal is considering the case of a Muslim student who was expelled from a language class for immigrants for refusing to remove a veil that covered her face, local media reported Tuesday. The Egyptian-born woman was studying French at the Saint Laurent school in Montreal and reportedly refused to show her face …

AFP

'Abducted' to Egypt

CAIRO: It’s been over a year since Katarina Husakova last saw her son Adam. His Egyptian father is keeping him from her until she signs a document vowing never to take Adam outside Egypt. “He told me Adam can never move to Europe, he can only be a good Muslim here [Egypt], Husakova, who is …

Safaa Abdoun

Rose El-Youssef fined LE 50,000 for defaming Brotherhood member

CAIRO: State-owned daily Rose El-Youssef was fined LE 50,000 by a South Cairo Court Tuesday in a defamation suit initiated by a leading member of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood group, ex-MP Gamal Heshmat. The court ruled in favor of Heshamt for the moral and financial damages he faced due to the publishing of false information …

Safaa Abdoun

Nubaria workers protest in front of PA

CAIRO: More than 100 workers from the Nubaria for Agricultural Mechanization continued their sit-in in front of the People’s Assembly (PA) for the third consecutive day, demanding the factory be reopened, their reinstatement and two years back pay. A dispute between the Workers’ Union and the company’s board headed by Ahmed Hussein, following the privatization …

Tamim Elyan

Foreign press tackles ElBaradei fervor

CAIRO: It is the “most interesting development in Egyptian politics in years, David Schenker wrote in Forbes magazine, referring to Mohamed ElBaradei’s unexpected appearance on the Egyptian political landscape. During the last two weeks, former IAEA chief ElBaradei hit the international front pages due to the announcement of his possible candidacy for the Egyptian presidency …

Katharina Natter

UN rights chief urges Egypt to stop shooting at migrants

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Tuesday urged Egyptian forces to stop shooting at African migrants trying to enter Israel illegally through Egypt, after 60 were killed in the past two and a half years. While migrants often lose their lives accidentally when travelling in over-crowded boats, or trying to cross remote land borders, …

AFP

Orascom Telecom Holding joins '1GOAL: Education for All' mobile campaign

CAIRO: Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. joined global mobile operators’ forces in the world’s largest cause-related campaign in support of universal education at the FIFA World Cup 2010. The ‘1Goal: Education for all’ campaign was announced at the World Mobile Congress which took place in Barcelona from Feb. 15 to 19, 2010 and will launch on …

Daily News Egypt

In Egypt, battling the divorce stigma takes to the airwaves

CAIRO: When her divorce finally came through after a painful four-year procedure, Mahasen Saber became the target of reproving looks and gossip in Egypt’s conservative society. But she fought back, and in a bid to counter the prejudice attached to being no longer married, the young Egyptian mother decided to take to the high-tech airwaves …

AFP

Military Court adjourns blogger's trial to March 7

CAIRO: The Military Court on Tuesday adjourned blogger Ahmed Mostafa’s trial to March 7 upon the request of the defense team, which demanded more time to examine the files. The defense team convinced the Court to adjourn the case, Hamdy El-Asyouty, head of the Legal Support Unit at the Arab Network for Human Rights Information …

Daily News Egypt

State Council Club upholds decision to bar women from State Council

CAIRO: The General Assembly of the State Council Club upheld the Egyptian State Council’s general assembly’s decision to bar female judges from joining it. The State Council, established in 1946, hears cases brought by individuals against the state. Last month, 380 judges took part in a general assembly vote, with 334 rejecting the appointment of …

Safaa Abdoun