Sarah El Sirgany

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Do we really hate Denmark?

Poll results indicate Egyptians hate Israel and Denmark, love Saudi CAIRO: The Information and Decision Support Center released yesterday the results of a poll identifying which countries Egyptians believe to be their worst enemies. And, yes, Shaaban Abdel Rehim got it right: The most hated country is Israel. Denmark came in second. Only two percent …

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Nuclear program not included in restructuring of US aid

Director of US foreign assistance meets with ministers CAIRO: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) won’t be contributing to Egypt’s nuclear plans for the time being, American and Egyptian officials have announced. In a meeting between Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abu El-Naga and Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, director of US Foreign Assistance …

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Seventh person dies of bird flu

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a seventh fatal case of bird flu. The patient was infected through slaughtering and cleaning infected domestic poultry at her home city of Samoud, El-Gharbiya governorate, read the ministry s statement. The female patient was admitted to the hospital in El-Mahalla El-Kobra on Oct. 4 suffering from fever, coughing …

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Leprosy in Egypt on the wane again: WHO

Once considered incurable, treatment widely available The number of leprosy patients in Egypt has started to fall again, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). The United Nations body reported 134 leprosy patients in 2005. “[The number of] leprosy cases reported in 2003 is 1,412, while in 2004 …

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In spite of disappearing traditions, you can't miss Eid in Cairo

More people buying kahk than making it, but holiday spirit in the air CAIRO: Egyptians love to celebrate and Eid Al-Fitr is no exception. While some of the delightful customs long associated with the holiday have fallen by the wayside, others are going strong. Mass preparations for Eid started two days before the holiday, when …

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Egypt urges continued UN-Sudan cooperation

CAIRO: Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said Friday the United Nations and Sudan must continue to cooperate even if it means sending a new envoy to Khartoum to replace the one expelled from there. In my view, the UN … will send another envoy so that cooperation continues with the Sudanese government, he said, stressing the …

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Café businesses suffer major financial losses

Resident complaints about violations end in crackdown CAIRO: An intensified crackdown on coffee shops during the Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr period has left shop owners with major financial losses and the residents of the buildings in which the shops are located satisfied. Starting mid-Ramadan, authorities in Cairo and Giza led campaigns to shut down unlicensed …

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Social dramas win out this season

The battle for viewers during the Ramadan TV race CAIRO: Social dramas dominated the small screen this Ramadan, marking the return of many stars who had failed to impress in last season s TV race. Whether it was Nour El-Sherif as the middle-class father struggling to uphold his ethics, Yehia El-Fakharany as the opposition politician …

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UN faces uphill battle for Arab hearts and minds

Sentiments threaten to hamper development projects progress CAIRO: The United Nations has faced much regional criticism of late. The recent war on Lebanon and the delay in a United Nations Security Council move to end the conflict resulted in widespread resentment directed toward the international body. Such sentiments have also created yet another obstacle to …

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Egypt bars public from budget process

Economist say obscurities in budget handling could overburden tax payers CAIRO: Egypt is one of six countries that keep their constituents in the dark about the state of their budgets until they are adopted, according to a new study released on Wednesday. The International Budget Project, formed with the private Center on Budget and Policy …

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Brotherhood secretary general released from jail

CAIRO: Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 14 other members of the opposition group were released Wednesday after being arrested in August, the organisation s deputy head said. They were held for about 55 days, Mohammed Habib, a leader of the banned but tolerated opposition group, told The Daily Star Egypt. They …

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Muslim-West communications vital to overcoming crises, scholars say

Mubarak to address the nation on challenges facing the Islamic world CAIRO: Economic and political crises and the shaky relationship between Islam and the West are among the main challenges facing the region, Islamic scholars have told The Daily Star Egypt. Incidents like Pope Benedict XVI’s allusion to a medieval criticism of Islam and the …

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Prominent Brotherhood member detained

CAIRO: Authorities have arrested a Muslim Brotherhood leader Hassan Al-Hayawan, the group’s lawyer told The Daily Star Egypt. Security forces arrested El-Hayawan at his clinic in the Nile Delta province of Al-Sharqia, on Tuesday night, according to an online statement released by the Brotherhood. “This is an unjustifiable escalation, reads the Brotherhood statement. The media …

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Egypt, Libya leaders seek consensus on Darfur

Sudan’s neighbors wary of international interference CAIRO: Discussions focusing on the Darfur crisis between President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi in Tripoli on Monday were aimed at bridging differences in their approaches to ending the violence, a Sudan expert says. Hani Raslan, Sudanese affairs expert at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic …

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Egypt's benefit from Arab GDP hike minimal, says expert

Government looks to industrial contribution to GDP for future growth CAIRO: Egypt is less likely to reap the benefits of the latest increase in total Arab gross domestic product, says economist Galal Amin. Amin was commenting on a report published Sunday that said that a sharp rise in global oil prices contributed to the increase …

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World Food Day marks a busy month for the United Nations

In an effort to raise awareness of its eight development goals, UN schedules series of events CAIRO: The United Nations local offices are planning a series of events to raise awareness of the organization s millennium development goals, including efforts to eradicate poverty and world hunger. Under the theme of “Investing in Agriculture for Food …

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Lawyer confirms Muslim Brotherhood arrests

CAIRO: Sources in the Muslim Brotherhood confirmed to The Daily Star Egypt that Egyptian police arrested eight members of the opposition group early on Saturday. Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moniem Abdel Maqsoud denied earlier reports that they men were arrested because of membership to an illegal organization and possessing anti-government pamphlets. “They weren’t accused of anything …

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PRESS ROUND-UP: Brotherhood travel, dorm bans lead local press

CAIRO: The plans of the National Democratic Party for the country, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in politics and within civil society and recollections of the October 6, 1973 victory dominated editorials this week. News about the Muslim Brotherhood led the front pages, consequently providing various topics for discussion in editorials. The security forces …

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Brotherhood travel, dorm bans lead local press

CAIRO: The plans of the National Democratic Party for the country, the status of the Muslim Brotherhood in politics and within civil society and recollections of the October 6, 1973 victory dominated editorials this week. News about the Muslim Brotherhood led the front pages, consequently providing various topics for discussion in editorials. The security forces …

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Nour El-Sabah angers Tourist Guide Union

Serial depicts tour guides in “unfavorable light CAIRO: The Tourist Guides Union has filed complaints against the producers of TV serial Nour El-Sabah, which is currently being aired on national TV. Mohamed Gharib, union head, accuses the serial of defaming the profession he represents. The serial, which follows the title character’s personal life and career …

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One-on-one with the people

Hussein Fahmy connects with the society in popular Ramadan show CAIRO: It was difficult not to hold back tears when a girl in her early teens told her story of having to work since childhood and enduring different types of physical torture at the hands of her employers. Even the host of the program in …

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Danish-Egyptian dialogue continues

Effects of new offensive video still unclear CAIRO: The dialogue aimed at bridging gaps between Islam and the West may have suffered a setback in the light of recent events. The circulation of a Danish video depicting camp participants of the Danish Peoples Party’s Youth Organization mocking an offensive drawing of Prophet Mohammed has led …

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"Conspiracy theories" explain the illusion of progress

Economist Galal Amin dismisses conventional concepts of progress, freedom, and human rights CAIRO: Progress as we know it and understand it is tarnished in Galal Amin s new book, where the seasoned economist dismisses conventional concepts and gives in to what he unwillingly calls conspiracy theories. The pessimistic tone carries traces of optimism, as he …

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Al-Gezira's "fiercest elections" less fierce than expected

Incumbent El-Saeid and the majority of his electoral list win CAIRO: Although it was billed as the most competitive elections in the club s history, the Gezira Sporting Club elections surprisingly featured low voter turnout, favoring the incumbent, Ahmed El-Saeid. Club member and former volleyball player, Farida Essmat, attributes the high expectations concerning the competitiveness …

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Egyptian motorsport team struggles with funding and red tape

Lack of sponsorship and awareness hinders progress of talented team drivers CAIRO: As a teenager, Ahmed Hamada fell in love with karting. He would ask all of his family members and friends to drive him to the nearest track. Little did the 14-year-old know that he would win his first car racing championship cup at …

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State-run press lauds National Democratic Party

Opposition theorizes on prospective “inheritance of power CAIRO: As the fourth National Democratic Party (NDP) convention started this week, opinions were divided on the stance toward the ruling party and its plans. Opposition and some independent papers claim that Gamal Mubarak is planning to inherit the presidency, while state-run newspapers strongly refuted the assertion as …

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Islamophobia and racism discussed at the UN Human Rights Council

Report cites international incidents confirming existence of Islamophobia and its alarming implications CAIRO: Many dismiss Islamophobia as the product of a conspiracy theory blown out of proportion or simply as unreal. But according to a United Nations report released this year, the existence of Islamophobia is demonstrated by documented evidence. Citing discriminatory practices in secular, …

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Women's rights approached from different perspectives

Thebes presents contradictory takes on a vital issue from experts CAIRO: Improvements in women rights are not always related to the nature of ideologies or the status of democracy prevalent in a country. The issue is more relevant to the dominant social culture that often imposes conservative terms on both liberal leftist ideologies and political …

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