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Review: new political coalitions and ways to combat religious offences

As political parties continue their pursuit of establishing solidified alliances for the upcoming parliamentary elections, Egyptian columnists dissect the new partisan coalitions, filled with hopes that division won’t strike at them once more. Some writers continue analysing American anti-Islam film, at the risk of becoming overwhelmed, by exploring options through which Muslims could prevent conflict …

Daily News Egypt

Thoughts on new alliances

January 2011 created a new set of alliances between the three main political currents in Egypt: the Islamists, the leftists and the liberals. During the first 18 days of the revolution and all the way up to the constitutional referendum in March 2011, this alliance was active and sound. Since the March referendum, this alliance …

Ziad A. Akl

The divided form a coalition

Several groups emerge in the political vacuum left by the PEC delayed results Coalitions are springing up left and right in the wake of the Presidential Elections Committee’s postponement of the ‘official’ presidential election results, further exacerbating what many activists and politicians are calling the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ “coup.”

Ahmed Aboulenein

Mohamed Morsi, FJP Chairman and presidential candidate addresses a meeting of coalition partners against SCAF rule (AFP)

Coalitions of the divided

Coalitions are springing up left and right in the wake of the Presidential Elections Committee’s postponement of the ‘official’ presidential election results, further exacerbating what many activists and politicians are calling the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ “coup.”

Ahmed Aboulenein

Egypt to review cement export ban in October

CAIRO: Egypt is currently studying the local cement market to determine whether it will extend the cement export ban, which is set to end in October. Egynews.net, the state-run news portal, cited Mohammed Abu Shadi of the Ministry of Trade and Industry as saying that Egypt is considering lifting the cement export ban in order …

Amr Ramadan

Four charged in Egypt with feeding donkeys to pet lions

CAIRO: An Uzbekistan embassy official and three Egyptians are facing charges in Egypt after allegedly feeding donkey meat to pet lions, judicial officials said. The man, an embassy media adviser, was charged along with an Egyptian businessman and two guards who worked in two villas near the coastal city of Alexandria where eight lions were …

AFP

Gulf Islamic banks eye conversion of conventional peers

MANAMA/DUBAI: More banks in the Gulf Arab region may convert to Islamic finance in a bid to tap rising demand for sharia-compliant products and to avoid the heavy investment required to launch new banks. A source told Reuters this month that Qatari investors are planning to buy a 25 percent stake in Ahli United Bank …

Daily News Egypt

MPs propose that police should "shoot" protestors, April 6 calls for a demo

CAIRO: Three MPs suggested at the People’s Assembly that police has to stop dealing leniently with protestors calling for democratic reform and an end to the emergency law, proposing instead the use of violence against them. The April 6 Youth Movement said its members will be demonstrating today (Tuesday) in front of the parliament to …

Safaa Abdoun