Rania Al Malky

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Editorial: The new apartheid state

CAIRO: As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of South African icon Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster prison, dark images of an Apartheid state right around the corner casts a shadow over our blighted region. The analogy between Israel and Apartheid South Africa is not new. In a comprehensive, hair-raising account of …

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Editorial: Egyptian Football's secret formula

CAIRO: We did it! Egypt beat Algeria 4-0. In this cutthroat African Cup of Nations’ semifinal, three of Algeria’s players were “dishonorably discharged for doing what they do best: intentionally (an unscrupulously) kicking and punching our players, who were miraculously able to stay calm through what player Mohamed Zidan later described as the most important …

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Editorial: Alf mabrouk, Dr Nazif

CAIRO: Weddings are such happy occasions. My heart always skips a beat when I hear that a couple has decided to tie the knot, come what may. In this day and age, it’s hard to guarantee anything. As our grandmothers used to say, marriage is like a watermelon (etc.). Amid the bad news of torrential …

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Editorial: Egypt, Turkey: Spot the difference

CAIRO: The dramatic, diplomatic tension that flared between Turkey and Israel last week once again brought Turkey to the forefront as the voice of the Muslim world and exposed the arrogance of the current Israeli administration. Early last week, Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, summoned Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, the Turkish ambassador, to express a …

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Editorial: Egypt's Christmas shootings

CAIRO: Six Egyptian Copts and a Muslim security guard were shot with a machine gun as Christian worshippers left a church after mass on Coptic Christmas eve last Wednesday. News of the heinous crime committed in the Upper Egyptian city of Nagaa Hammadi, Qena, shocked the nation, not only because of its sheer brutality, the …

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Editorial: Finally, an organ transplant law

CAIRO: Eight whole years after the Doctors’ Syndicate first proposed a draft law to regulate organ transplants, the Egyptian parliament has finally signed off on the controversial law much to the relief of thousands of desperate patients – but will the new law succeed in ending organ trafficking? The absence of appropriate legislation has over …

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Editorial: Proud to be Egyptian

CAIRO: I made a vow not to write a word about the dismal events preceding and following the Egypt-Algeria World Cup qualifiers last month. In both countries, the media’s frenzied, hysterical reaction to the violence following the Khartoum game was an abyss of ethical and ideological degeneration I refused to be dragged into when feelings …

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Editorial : Lily Sussman and the power of new media

CAIRO: When 21-year-old American student living in Cairo Lily Sussman decided to vacation in Israel three weeks ago, she had no idea that her little trip was going to turn her into a big YouTube sensation on the Daily News Egypt channel. But before she became a YouTube favorite, Lily’s blog post “I’m sorry we …

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Editorial: The illusive metal barrier

CAIRO: So, is Egypt building an underground metal wall along its Gaza-Rafah border or isn’t it? Should we believe what we read in the Israeli press, which has sadly become a source of news about strategic and sensitive issues related to the two states’ security relations, or should we take their claims with suspicion? And …

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Editorial: Why Swiss minarets matter

CAIRO: Switzerland’s minaret referendum proposed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, which revealed that almost 58 percent of those polled support a ban on the building of minarets, unquestionably reveals a xenophobic, Islamophobic society, or does it? The ban has elicited the condemnation of Muslim leaders, the Vatican and Jewish groups alike alongside the shocked …

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Editorial: Justice being served

CAIRO: Football mania, fueled by advertising on a scale I’d never before witnessed in Egypt, has seen nationalistic fever spread faster than swine flu. But amid the heightened expectations of victory in the week leading up to the much-anticipated World Cup qualifying game between Egypt and Algeria tonight, two court verdicts seemed to have struggled …

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Editorial: Egyptian Vaudeville, NDP-style

CAIRO: The 2009 installment of Egypt’s National Democratic Party’s (NDP) sixth conference couldn’t have come at a more opportune time – for the NDP, that is. Only days before the annual performance kicked off, a tragic train crash that killed 18 and wounded tens provided the perfect pretext to sacrifice a minister at the alter …

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Editorial: Of trains, ministers and accountability

CAIRO: Egypt’s train accident in Al-Ayyat last Saturday was a terrible tragedy, claiming the lives of 18 people, but was anyone truly shocked by it? I think not. Our scandalous history of transport catastrophes is matched only by the equally scandalous failure of our education system’s failure to educate – the murder of minds is …

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Editorial: Egypt's H1N1 policy between clarity and chaos

CAIRO: Ever since the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico last April and the Egyptian government has been gripped with a virus – long before it was pronounced a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Over one month before it was detected here in early June, the government began a series of frantic moves …

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Editorial: Egypt's looming Delta disaster

CAIRO: Less than a week before flying over to Copenhagen to attend a global editors’ forum on confronting global warming, the UN’s Inter-Regional Information Network (IRIN) published a chilling report about the impending catastrophe threatening Egypt’s Delta region as a result of climate change. The forum, titled “From Kyoto to Copenhagen: Confronting Global Warming and …

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Editorial: Confronting the niqab

The Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mohamed Sayed Tantawy dropped a bombshell early this week, starting a long-overdue public debate on the niqab in Egypt. Following the inspection of a primary school to check on measures in place to stem the spread of swine flu at the start of the academic year, he voiced his determination …

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Editorial: A miss is as good as a mile

CAIRO: It was a big Zionist plot that lost our very own Farouk Hosni his UNESCO bid for director-general. The Israelis would never have allowed an Arab and a Muslim to head the world’s leading education and culture organization with their Judaising plans for Jerusalem. In short, Hosni was the victim of an Israeli-stoked conspiracy …

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Editorial : Farouk Hosni for UNESCO: A catch 22

CAIRO: I write this amid news of Egyptian culture minister Farouk Hosni’s UNESCO Director-General lead in the first round of voting for the UN body’s top position. Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or simply twiddle my thumbs and gape in disbelief. Who would have thought that Hosni would rake a sweeping lead …

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Editorial: Trashy Nightmares

Egypt’s psychotherapists are in business. Not only will they be hired by poor unfortunate souls driven to the edge by stress, noise, air pollution, injustice, oppression and corruption, but one big smelly affair has been added to the mix: ubiquitous piles of nauseating garbage lining every street corner and square in its sprawling capital. To …

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Editorial: Taking on human rights

The National Council for Human Rights has finally come out of its deep slumber. As a government body, few expected the incisive critical tone it used in the recent report on Egypt s human rights situation the council presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), an inter-governmental body of 192 members established in …

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Editorial: We need a hero

CAIRO: Back in mid-April when it was first reported that Egyptian fishermen were taken hostage by Somali pirates, it seemed that their fate was sealed. Their two fishing boats, the Samara Ahmed and Mumtaz 1, were no Maersk Alabama cargo ship, where only a few days prior, its American seamen fought off pirates who took …

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Taher Helmy heads Egypt side of US-Egypt Business Council

CAIRO: In his first statement since Trade Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid announced that Taher Helmy will be heading the US-Egypt Business Council, Helmy emphasized that the role of the council is to enhance trade and investment between Egypt and the US. Helmy, a partner at Baker and McKenzie international law firm and former chairman of …

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Editorial: The tragedy of four Egyptian women

CAIRO: Is Egyptian society inherently sexist? Are feminist accusations that Arab/Muslim cultures are patriarchal and repressive to women accurate? Have women here been able to reach their full potential and to guarantee their rights as equal citizens? In short, are women here seen as somehow lesser humans than men and treated as such? A yes …

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Editorial: All hail the Glorious Revolution

CAIRO: In his July 26, 1952 speech calling on Egypt’s last monarch King Farouk to abdicate, General Mohamed Naguib, who headed the Free Officers that overthrew the king said: “In view of what the country has suffered in the recent past, the complete vacuity prevailing in all corners as a result of your bad behavior, …

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Editorial: Marwa's tragic death

CAIRO: Three-year-old Moustafa watched as his mother was stabbed to death and his father was shot trying to save her in a German courtroom. The impact of this traumatizing scene on that child cannot be over-exaggerated. In a matter of minutes, he witnessed the brutal slaying on his source of love and affection and the …

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Editorial: The slums of Cairo

CAIRO: A coupe of days ago, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif announced a new strategy to clean out 29 slums deemed “unsafe , as part of a national project that will involve civil society in coordination with the local councils and the ministries of housing, finance and local development. The project includes plans to contain the …

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Editorial: You've got the freedom, but where's the responsibility?

CAIRO: As I watched Fox News’s online video promotions preceding coverage of Michael Jackson’s sudden death, the irony of it all hit me: “We report without spin, without an agenda, without bias, goes the voice over, “we report all sides on all the issues; and the topics that mainstream media’s afraid to tackle . Balanced …

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Commentary: Towards media self-regulation

The need to develop a voluntary code of conduct for the press in Egypt has never been so pressing as it is today. This code must highlight the media’s commitment to the public interest and establish a means of avoiding the interference of the state in press-related disputes. In Egypt, there are no widely-adhered to …

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Editorial: The rumor virus

CAIRO: It’s official: the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the A H1NI flu pandemic just as Egypt announced its eleventh and twelfth cases, which, by press time Friday had reached 15. In her briefing on Thursday Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, explained that the virus is entirely new and that …

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