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From Princeton, a new power paradigm

A new and influential report just released by the Woodrow Wilson School, titled “Forging a World of Liberty Under Law, U.S. National Security in the 21st Century, underlines the one major flaw of the Bush administration’s policy since September 11, 2001: the absence of law and of a legal process in the projection of American …

Daily News Egypt

An evening to remember the greats

Musical band and poetry recitation group join to celebrate Haddad, Jahin and Darwish CAIRO: Last Friday the British Council in Agouza hosted an inspiring Ramadan evening. A few hundred people were thrilled by a poetry recital of the works of late great poets Fouad Haddad and Salah Jahin merged with Sayed Darwish s musical masterpieces …

Daily News Egypt

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 …

Sarah El Sirgany

African Cup proving ground for teams missing the World Cup

CAIRO: Excluded from the World Cup, Cameroon, Nigeria and Egypt seem intent on making amends in the African Cup of Nations. Cameroon and Nigeria won their second in as many matches and African Cup champion Egypt drew away from home this weekend as all three took control of their respective groups in the continent s …

AP

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 …

Sarah El Sirgany

Winners of Cairo Underground third line deal to be announced in October

The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation will announce the winners of a deal regarding the first phase of the Cairo Underground third line which extends over 4.3 km on Oct. 20. French companies, including Alstom and Alcatel, have won the deal for construction and central control works with the Egyptian Orascom Construction Industries, as they were …

Noozz

NTRA: International Gateway Licenses offered by end of November

TE reduces rates to counter effects of loss of monopoly on services CAIRO: The National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) will offer two international calling operators licenses to the private sector by the end of November, NTRA Chairman Amr Badawi announced Sunday. Bidding condition statements were supposed to have been released as early as January 2006. …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Danish PM, Iran president condemn Prophet cartoons

Reuters COPENHAGEN: Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen denounced members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples Party (DPP) youth wing on Sunday for drawing humiliating cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said those who insulted the Prophet were low life devoid of human values, the student news agency ISNA reported. The …

Daily News Egypt

Israel forces shoot three Egyptians smuggling drugs into Israel

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces shot and wounded three Egyptians who were smuggling hashish across the border into Israel, the military said Sunday. The military said the incident occurred after nightfall north of the Israeli city of Eilat, where the Egyptian, Israeli and Jordanian borders converge. Soldiers spotted the three carrying large bags and ordered them to …

AP

Egypt condemns North Korean nuclear test

CAIRO: Egypt firmly condemned North Korea s first nuclear test Monday but also urged South Korea to show restraint and pursue diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis. Egypt is categorically opposed to any nuclear explosion or other measure that could threaten world peace and security or contravenes the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit …

AFP

Arab diplomats say Sudan rejects offer for peacekeepers

CAIRO: Arab countries have launched a new effort to push Sudan toward a compromise over UN peacekeepers for Darfur, offering to dispatch a force of Arab and Muslim troops to the troubled region, diplomats said. The Arab League diplomats said Sunday that Sudan s president rejected the initial proposal, as he has all suggestions of …

AP

Sadat nephew loses parliamentary immunity

CAIRO: The nephew of slain Egyptian ruler Anwar Sadat lost his parliamentary immunity after implicating the army in the former president s assassination 25 years ago, state-run newspapers said Friday. Talaat Sadat, a 52-year-old deputy, saw his immunity lifted at the request of the military prosecutor after he said his uncle s bodyguards and army …

AFP

Muslim Brotherhood denounces what it calls "new Danish insults" to Islam

Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt s largest Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, on Saturday denounced what it called new Danish insults to Islam and urged the world to boycott countries that allow offenses to all religions. The Brotherhood s condemnation came a day after word spread about a Web video showing young members of a populist …

Daily News Egypt

Doctors examine jailed and ailing Egyptian opposition leader

CAIRO: A team of doctors examined ailing Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour Saturday as a step toward a ruling on his condition that could see him freed from jail early, his wife said. They examined him for more than two hours, saying they would make a determination within a few weeks after studying his entire …

AFP

U.S. nuclear specialists to visit Egypt

CAIRO: U.S. nuclear experts are to offer technical advice to their counterparts in Egypt, which last month announced it was relaunching its civil nuclear program after a 20-year freeze, official media said Thursday. The experts were to arrive in Egypt soon to share their experience, according to U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Francis Ricciardone, quoted by …

AFP

Four Egyptians arrested for trying to tunnel into Gaza

CAIRO: Four Egyptians who were trying to cross into the Gaza Strip through an underground tunnel were arrested on Saturday in the border town of Rafah, official media reported. Egyptian security forces arrested the four during a search operation in the border region with Gaza to prevent any smuggling or illegal passage, the official news …

AFP

Scrap dealer arrested over mines

CAIRO: Security forces have arrested a Bedouin scrap dealer in the Sinai Peninsula after finding dozens of old mines in his house, security sources said on Saturday, but the man denied any connection to militants. The Sinai Peninsula has been the scene of a string of three deadly bomb attacks targeting popular Red Sea beach …

Reuters

NBE still searching for buyer of 50 percent AMOC stake

AMOC stock up more than 10 percent since NBE announcement CAIRO: More than two months after the conclusion of due-diligence procedures by five potential buyers of the National Bank of Egypt s (NBE) 50 percent stake in Alexandria Mineral Oils Company (AMOC) and almost one month after NBE sent out the call for bids, not …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Two state banks to merge by year end

CAIRO: Egypt s second and third-largest state-owned bank would merge by the end of the year, chairman of Banque Misr, one of the two banks, said in remarks published on Sunday. The government had announced plans to merge Banque Misr and Banque du Caire last year as part of a move to create fewer, bigger …

Reuters

Iberdrola's first Snoehvit deal gas comes from Egypt

LONDON: Spanish power company Iberdrola has received the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under a deal it has with the developers of Norway s yet-to-start Snoehvit gas field, it said on Friday. The 145,000 cubic meters of gas delivered to the Sagunto LNG plant on the Mediterranean coast came from Egypt. The Snoehvit …

Reuters

Egypt demands more compensation for oil spill

ISMAILIA: A Liberian tanker impounded in Egypt for spilling oil in the Suez Canal is facing more than LE 50 million ($8.7 million) in compensation demands, a Canal Authority official said on Thursday. The official said that the authority would ask the owners of the P.C. Anna to pay around LE 30 million in damages …

Reuters

Enel says no change to Weather Investments stake

MILAN: Italian power company Enel said on Friday it is not in talks to end its 26 percent stake in Weather Investments, in response to a newspaper report that it could sell the holding. Enel said its stake in Weather, which controls Wind, Italy s number-two mobile phone operator, remained unchanged. Enel also said it …

Reuters

An Egyptian intellectual's unlikely quest for religious change

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Gamal Al-Banna is a Muslim scholar and younger sibling of the Muslim Brotherhood s founder, but his controversial vision of Islamic reform puts him at odds with the religious establishment in Egypt. Banna, 75, does not believe that the donning of the headscarf is prescribed in the Quran, nor does he believe …

Daily News Egypt

CRIME SCENE: Fire and revenge provide a fiery mix this week

Man murders wife over a cup of tea; the poorer steal from the poor CAIRO: This week’s crime pages were on fire. A housewife and a child met their deaths in a house fire in Bani Mazar. A woman set herself on fire after an argument with her husband’s family after just 15 days of …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

African Nations Cup champions Egypt held in Botswana

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Defending champions Egypt were held 0-0 away to Botswana Saturday as the second round of 2008 African Nations Cup qualifiers kicked off. The result lifted the Pharaohs above Group 2 surprise package Mauritania into first place on four points, one more than the minnows from the north-west of the continent. Coached by …

Daily News Egypt

Primetime hate mail

The stupor induced by Ramadan programming wraps its inescapable tentacles around viewers CAIRO: Ramadan primetime TV warrants hate mail, but I m too lethargic to write it. I take my prozac after iftar (for these are worrisome times) and, self-medicating, chase it down with a couple of Xanax to dull any residual road rage. I …

Daily News Egypt

Students unite for Lebanon at film screening

CAIRO: Students poured into the screening of Lebanese film “West Beirut at the American University (AUC) in Cairo on Wednesday night. Organized by the student body “33 Days for Lebanon. The screening served as a part of the university’s month long Unity Campaign to aid Lebanon and show solidarity with the Lebanese people. Directed by …

Alexandra Sandels

Violence against children

A veil of silence covers violence against children, yet abuses are so pervasive that no country can ignore them, and no society can claim to be immune from them. Despite almost universal acceptance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, governments’ concrete initiatives to counter such violence have been inadequate. Turning a blind …

Daily News Egypt

The Assyrians: ignored among fears of an Iraqi civil war

The world is consumed by fears that Iraq is degenerating into a civil war between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. But in this looming war of all against all, it is Iraq’s small community of Assyrian Christians that is at risk of annihilation. Iraq’s Christian communities are among the world’s most ancient, practicing their faith in …

Daily News Egypt