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Shahira Amin

The volcano erupts

The outpouring of rage in Islamic countries isn’t just about a low-budget film insulting the prophet Muhammad. It is the eruption of a volcano that has been simmering for the past eleven years

Shahira Amin

Veiled newscasters on state TV

is the appearance of a veiled newscaster a step towards deepening democracy and ending the discriminations or is it a step towards discrimination against non-veiled women and perhaps even against those women who do not wear the niqab as well?

Farid Zahran

Mohammed Aly Ibrahim

Praying at gunpoint

By Mohammed Aly Ibrahim The fear of Friday 13th in western superstition as an unlucky day touched upon me as I was heading to perform my weekly prayer. Many Egyptians, myself included, think that the mosques of Prophet Muhammad’s ancestors here bestow endless blessings upon those who regularly visit such places of worship. The most …

Daily News Egypt

Review: freedom of expression debated in Egyptian columns

As the reaction to the US movie offensive to prophet Muhammed slows down, columnists across several Egyptian newspapers continue with their analysis of freedom of expression and its relation to the clip. Many writers touch upon the violent reactions towards the movie recalling the indecent words of many Islamic preachers while attacking certain artists. Some …

Daily News Egypt

The whole truth and nothing but the truth

On 8 March, I was in London attending a panel discussion on the safety of women journalists. I had been invited there by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) after contributing a chapter to a book published earlier this year by the INSI on the safety of female journalists working in conflict and danger zones. …

Shahira Amin

Review: columnists observe Morsy’s attitude, IMF loan, and Coptic community

Egyptian opinion writers have explored a variety of topics that relate to President Morsy’s surprising moves, starting from his first trip to Saudi, to his latest in Iran. Many columnists continue to dissect Egypt’s internal platform with regards to the growing fears of the Coptic community in the country. Others criticise the acceptance of the …

Daily News Egypt

Clinical death

As the world’s media have rushed to compete on the wave of rapid developments sweeping across the globe, Egypt’s state media focuses on a different story. The Maspero building – with its entire internal and external staff – keep drowning in deep and unchartered waters of corruption, misconduct and a performance far away from the …

Daily News Egypt

Morsy drops farmers’ debts

Addressing his audience of fellaheen (farmers), President Mohamed Morsy echoed former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, saying “I’m one of you in terms of roots and upbringing.” In his speech on Tuesday commemorating farmers’ day, Morsy praised Egypt’s fellaheen, stating that “Egypt’s farmers were the first to rebel against tyranny 4,000 years ago.” Presidential spokesman, Yasser …

Islam Serour

A pointless piece of cloth debate

Few hours after Fatma Nabil has read the 12 o’clock news bulletin in her full cream-colored veil, the Egyptian media sphere has quivered with endless controversial discussions on the extent to which the entire country is deliberately being ‘Ikhwanised’. Being the first Egyptian female newsreader ever to appear on Egypt’s state television, the move assuredly …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Columnists debate emergency law, Coptic community and Tahrir Square

Across different Egyptian newspapers, columnists have tapped upon various issues that relate to Mohamed Morsy’s rule. Some writers have condemned the debate over female circumcision; others criticise proposals of the new Justice Minister to reinstate the long-lived emergency law. On another note, some commentators discussed how the deteriorating Tahrir Square is calling upon Egyptians to …

Daily News Egypt

Islamic Sukuk forecast to exponentially increase

The demand for Islamic Sukuk is expected to reach to $900 billion by 2017, according to Ernst & Young’s Global Islamic Banking of Excellence (GIBE) estimates. Ernst & Young’s GIBE reports that the forecasted exponential increase in demand for Sukuk stems from the growth of Islamic banking industry, and the increasing demand for financial tools …

Islam Serour

USD exchange rate skyrockets

Few days after president ‘s statement that the Egyptian Pound will not be devaluated, the exchange rate of the US dollar rises against the Egyptian pound to hit its highest level since 2004

Daily News Egypt