Rania Al Malky

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Editorial: Egypt's sunny economy and landmark harassment verdict

On Tuesday, to cap two days of miraculously upbeat discussions about the state of Egypt’s economy in the midst of a global crisis at the annual Euromoney Conference, as the Egyptian stock market continued to take a dive, we ran a lead story titled “Nazif’s closing remarks echo peppy tone of Euromoney. “Singing in thematic …

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Editorial: The emperor's new clothes

Is Egyptian democracy an oxymoron? Allow me to rephrase that: where does Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) place the emphasis – on “national , “democratic , “party or on the ever-present qualifying adjective “ruling ? One cannot ignore the fact that since its inception by then President Anwar Sadat in 1977, who is credited …

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Editorial: Pardon me Mr. President

In an unexpected turn of events President Hosni Mubarak last Monday pardoned Ibrahim Eissa from the two-month jail sentence the latter had received a week prior for “publishing false information of a nature to disturb public order or security. But was the presidential pardon of Al-Dostour’s editor-in-chief Eissa cause for celebration? The move follows over …

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Editorial: Did Egypt's commandoes save the day?

Ramadan 2008 will be remembered for a long time. This year the holy month kicked off with the arrest of one of the richest men in the country in connection with Egypt’s murder mystery of the century; a week later a disastrous rockslide crushed 35 homes in a shantytown leaving behind a confirmed death toll …

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Editorial: Egyptians in a hostage situation

The strange abduction case that’s kept journalists busy since Monday is yet another example of how, in a reflection of the Egyptian government’s attitude, even criminals take the Egyptian citizen for granted. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that in the first three days after the incident was publicized, the Egyptian government wasn’t …

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Editorial: Egypt and the global economic crisis

What does the bankruptcy of one investment bank at the other end of the world have to do with Egypt? As economic analysts and commentators the world over warn of an impending global recession reminiscent of the Great Depression in 1931 with the fall of Lehman Brothers, the US’s largest investment bank, in Egypt the …

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Editorial: Egypt's new anthem: We told you so

The Duweiqa rockslide disaster Egyptians woke up to exactly one week ago was no natural catastrophe as many of us might have thought in the beginning. A 70-ton boulder collapses over 35 informal houses in one of the most underprivileged slum areas in Cairo – what else could it be but an act of God, …

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Editorial: Egypt's Ramadan dramas

The first week of Ramadan in Egypt has been eventful – but not only on the small screen where over 25 TV dramas vie for viewers’ attention around the clock. Construction magnate Hisham Talaat Moustafa’s shocking arrest has hammered home Mark Twain’s eternal nugget of wisdom: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because …

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Editorial: Egypt's online teenyboppers expose education fiasco

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I heard about how a group of Egyptian school children have started a Facebook campaign against going to school during the fasting month of Ramadan that begins on Monday. Over 1,200 group members of between 14 and 18-year-olds, were convinced that the last 10 days of …

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Editorial: Egypt's infernos: what next?

The fire that ripped through Egypt’s Shoura Council building on Tuesday was more than just a reminder of past disasters; it was a prelude to future ones. The sequence of events was all too familiar: a small flame erupts in some neglected room – initial reports always suspect it may have been caused by the …

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Editorial: Rumors, Egypt's stock market and the media

What happened to Egypt’s stock market last week was nothing short of a tsunami. The acute and erratic fall and rise was triggered by rumors involving a murder mystery that maliciously pointed to an Egyptian construction guru (with absolutely no proof) accusing him of fleeing the country. On Sunday, Talaat Moustafa Group’s stock traded 14 …

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Editorial : In Egypt, history certainly repeats itself

Last week kicked off with what I vote the déjà vu moment of “Egypt 2008. Once again a court hands down a jail sentence and fine to democracy advocate Saad Eddin Ibrahim in a cartoonish redux of what happened to the very same 70-year-old sociologist in 2001. Back then Ibrahim got seven years and was …

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Editorial: Sinking ships and Egypt's ferry verdict

The much-anticipated verdict on the case against Mamdouh Ismail, owner of the doomed Egyptian Al Salam ferry, has triggered a wave of anger and resentment across Egypt, yet no one was particularly surprised. Despite the scathing condemnations, the raw fury, the indignation beamed through satellite TV talk shows and on the opinion pages of the …

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Editorial: Egyptian beach-goers, beware

This is a public service announcement for all Egyptian youth planning a day at the beach in the sweltering summer season: You are in danger. This is not about sharks or jellyfish; it’s not about the perilous currents of the Mediterranean, deadly tidal waves or fatal diving accidents in the Blue Hole. It’s not about …

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Editorial: Off with their heads

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. The proverbial opening words of L.P. Hartley’s “The Go-Between , though set in 1900s England, can’t be more suited to many aspects of life in Egypt today. I grew up on stories of how an innocent catcall or whistle by a rowdy youth had …

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Editorial: When seeing is not believing

They say seeing is believing, but when it comes to the trial of Egypt’s Al-Dostour editor Ibrahim Eissa’s, seeing elicits everything from downright incredulity to utter disbelief. Known as the “president’s health case, a court in March upheld the prosecution’s claims that articles published in Al-Dostour in August 2007, which alleged that Egypt’s President Mubarak …

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Editorial: A meeting of glass houses

Between Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa’s stroke which left him semi-comatose, and international uproar against the “re-election of Zimbawean President Robert Mugabe, the African Union summit held in Sharm El Sheikh earlier this week was certainly full of sound, but sadly not enough fury. The world was expecting the AU to collectively and unequivocally condemn 84-year-old …

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Israeli FM put in the hot seat

It’s not too late to implement a vision of two states for two nations, said Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during a half-hour session titled “Global Leader in the Spotlight. Despite a mild start with a question posed by director of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East Sherif El Diwany, where he asked …

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Fueling the future: towards sustainable energy

In a session discussing scenarios for sustainable energy titled “Fueling the Future, participants from leading energy companies and government representatives discussed the challenges that lie ahead. Springing from a notion that high oil prices and climate change regulations will create business opportunities in green technologies and innovations and that the Middle East will face the …

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Bush says economic reform must go hand in hand with political reform

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: In his opening speech at the World Economic Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, US president George W. Bush emphasized the need for political reform to go hand in hand with economic reforms, the importance of collectively fighting terrorism, and his hopes for a final settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in 2008, as usual making …

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Interview: Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid

Over the past year Egypt’s emerging economy has received accolades for strides in development rates. The World Bank-International Finance Corporation’s “Doing Business 2008 Report has described Egypt as the world’s top reformer of regulations for the ease of doing business, outpacing other reformers worldwide and in the region with improvements in five out of 10 …

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Reflections: Bread or freedom?

A good offence is the best defense, as we all learnt yesterday. As I drove through Talaat Harb square at around 9 am, the scene looked all too familiar: at least a dozen state security trucks, hundreds of riot police equipped to the tee with helmets, batons and related riot paraphernalia; not to mention the …

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Are the cartoons really about press freedom?

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that there would be a redux of the cartoon crisis that caused furor in the Muslim world two years ago. If anything, the recent copycat republication of the most offensive of them in Denmark and other countries in Europe as a response to an alleged death threat …

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A look back

Call me a foolish optimist, but I’ve always rejected the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same. Perhaps on some transcendental, philosophical level that doesn’t concern most people, it’s true that there’s nothing new under the sun, but as far as I’m concerned, old Heraclitus got it right – you can’t …

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Mansour Amer, Porto Sokhna and Cairo's new beach

AIN SOKHNA: In the labyrinthine world of politics, ever more complicated by the global phenomenon of the “businessman-politician it’s not always easy to separate the wheat from the chaff. Nothing is simpler than lumping the usual suspects together – politicians with powerful party affiliations, who double as businessmen, running huge conglomerates, and developing mega-projects that …

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An audience with Hans Küng

CAIRO: It’s not every day one gets to sit down with a man who seamlessly combines roles which, on the surface, may not seem to coexist. But soon enough, I learn that coexistence is this man’s gift; and his gift to the world. The first few moments of my audience with Hans Küng (born 1928), …

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Reflections: Punishing the victim

I’ve never met a rape victim. I’ve never met a woman who was kidnapped, taken at knife point to a secluded place and violated sexually 14 times by seven criminals until she could no longer feel her body. But I know these things happen. Yet like most people who have read the story of Saudi …

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REFLECTIONS: Mufti vs. Media

The campaign against Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa raging in the Egyptian press these days is enough to make even the most committed journalist lose faith in the media. At university they taught us that the media is the fourth estate, that journalists are watchdogs monitoring the centers of power and that the driving ethic behind …

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REFLECTIONS: Human Shields

As I flipped through the screenplay of My Name is Rachel Corrie (based on the words she left behind) I wondered how many people still remembered her. Confident that very few do, I ll offer, a small, though painful, refresher. Rachel was killed on March 16, 2003. She was crushed to death by a Caterpillar …

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