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Israeli aircraft have message for Arabs: Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO: The opposition Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday warned that Israeli warplanes that flew over Syria last week carried a powerful message to Arab leaders, a statement from the Islamist group said. A note to Arab leaders: the (Israeli) warplanes that flew over the Syrian president s presidential palace in (northern Syria) carried a powerful message …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Word on the Street: Captivating the public's attention

CAIRO: With the amount of events taking place both within Egypt and in the region as a whole, newspapers and magazines are never struggling to find information to fill their pages. While some people simply pick up a publication to take a gander at the horoscope, others take the time to read the publication from …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Press Round-up: Editors speak out over press law, newspapers continue coverage of Mideast crisis

Editorials point to recent incidents as threats to freedom of expression CAIRO: The new publishing law, under discussion in parliament, has dominated editorials throughout the week. The topic also brought into the spotlight other stories related to freedom of expression, including last week’s story of the student who was reprimanded for criticizing American policies in …

Sarah El Sirgany

Rebel priest splits from Egyptian Coptic Church

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Priest Maximus I has decided to break away from the Egyptian Coptic Church under Pope Shenuda III and form his own alternative church. The church has never known a pontificate as bad as Shenuda s, and Egypt has never lived sectarian clashes as they have under him, said the self-proclaimed Archbishop Maximus …

Daily News Egypt

A waste of experience

Pundits and patriots continuously bemoan the loss of the best Egyptian minds. Doctors, scientists and engineers who sought their fortune in foreign countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. A study by Cairo’s Gulf Center for Strategic Studies reveals that Arab countries lose half of their newly-qualified doctors, 23 pe cent of engineers …

Daily News Egypt

The art of translation

A leading translator of modern Arabic literature publishes his memoirs Without translators, written works of Arabic fiction and poetry would not have taken their rightful place on the stage of world literature. Denys Johnson-Davies, one of the most renowned Arabic-to-English translators, has made Middle Eastern literature accessible to a growing audience of English readers. “It …

Aida Nassar

Worth a thousand words

Nazli Madkour brings “A Thousand and One Nights to life Once upon a time, in every Arab’s childhood, lived the mystical fairytales of “A Thousand and One Nights. Until today, the stories of Ali Baba, Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin entertain children across the globe. The medieval Middle Eastern literary epic has many versions; in …

Farah El Alfy

Pressing issues

Director of The AUC Press talks about changing the image of Arab publishing If you are browsing for an English-language book about Egypt, be it a translation of one of the classics of Arabic literature, a book about Ancient Egyptian history, or a collection of essays on local culture and society, chances are it is …

Aida Nassar

Endless sweeping

Georgescu finds an artistic moment in dust CAIRO: The Townhouse Factory was transformed into the Champollion Palace with the video installation “Dust Monument by artist Ioana Georgescu projected on the ceiling and on the floor, pulling the viewer directly inside the historic palace. The installation features Georgescu sweeping away the dust in the Champollion Palace. …

Daily News Egypt

Delving into the online tourism industry

intoegypt.com is turning former doubters into believers CAIRO: Intoegypt.com, Egypt’s first Internet booking engine and travel portal, has been selected as a model of e-commerce companies in the MENA region following a series of studies on e-commerce companies worldwide by Meditorst Project, an affiliate organization of the European Union, in association with the Egyptian cabinet …

Najla Moussa

Egypt still unable to secure release of Israeli soldier

Israeli forces take over abandoned settlements in northern Gaza CAIRO: Egypt s efforts to defuse the worsening Palestinian-Israeli crisis have ground to a halt because of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal s refusal to press for the unconditional release of an Israeli soldier and growing mistrust between Egypt and Hamas, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said. Israeli …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Hepatitis B most prevalent form of the virus in Egypt

Egypt’s problem with the virus previously underestimated PARIS: As a transmitted infection, hepatitis B (HBV) is one of the strongest viruses in the world, said the doctors at the 12th International Symposium in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, thus making it one of the greatest global health risks to date. “HBV is 100 times more …

Najla Moussa

Shares soar after mobile auction, telecoms up

CAIRO: Egyptian shares surged on Wednesday after Egypt s third mobile license sold for $2.9 billion at an auction, a price that exceeded expectations and injected confidence into the market, traders said. Telecoms shares were up across the board after the United Arab Emirates Etisalat won Tuesday s auction with its LE 16.7 billion bid. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Giving children hope

Maadi center offers cutting edge physical therapy for cerebral palsy sufferers CAIRO: In the courtyard at The Children’s Center in Maadi, little Mahmoud is practicing walking with the help of his trainer, Anna. Seated on a chair with wheels, Anna rolls along holding Mahmoud, who is leaning on his walker as she helps him put …

Daily News Egypt

Ah, but where were the fireworks?

CAIRO: If you were trying to get to Garden City last Tuesday desperately wondering why you were stuck in traffic for hours, wonder no more. The Embassy of the United States of America in Egypt was holding its Fourth of July reception. It’s been some years since the Embassy held such a large Independence Day …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Festival without words

Second mime festival features an underrated art CAIRO: In the downtown Emad Eddin Studio, young, enthusiastic actors and directors sit in groups to rehearse for the Second Annual Mime Festival, which will be launched today at the Al Sawy Cultural Center and will last until Saturday, July 8. This festival is one of a kind …

Daily News Egypt

Church warns against dealing with rebel priest

CAIRO: Egypt s Coptic Orthodox Church on Wednesday refused to recognize a dissident priest who recently broke away to form his own church and warned against dealing with him, the official MENA news agency reported. Max Michel recently proclaimed himself Archbishop Maximus I when he broke from Egypt s official church, currently headed by 83 …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Arabs resume financial aid to Palestinians, $100 million sent to Abbas

Associated Press CAIRO: The Arab League has transferred some $50 million to the Palestinians, the first funding since international aid was cut off after the Hamas militant group won legislative elections, a top Palestinian official and the Arab League said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia was also expected to transfer another $50 million to the Palestinian Authority …

Salah Nasrawi

Theatrical forum invites submissions

Prospective event to attract participants from Europe and the Mediterranean CAIRO: The Arts Center at Bibliotheca Alexandria, in coordination with the International Association for Creation and Training (I-ACT), is getting ready for the fourth Creative Forum for Independent Theater Groups in Europe and the Mediterranean. The forum takes place in Alexandria, a place where different …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Etisalat brings competition to the market, but pricing war unlikely

Chairman Mohammed Hassan Omran talks to The Daily Star Egypt about the recent bid and future plans CAIRO: The number that the Etisalat-led consortium offered to win the third mobile network license is still having its effect on the market. The consortium won the bid by putting forth a LE 16.7 billion offer, exceeding all …

Sarah El Sirgany

Israeli PM approves stepped up attacks on Hamas

Brotherhood calls on Arabs to expel Israeli envoys GAZA: Israel s prime minister cleared the way on Wednesday to expand an offensive against the Palestinians governing Hamas movement aimed at freeing an abducted soldier and ending rocket attacks from Gaza. In fresh violence, Hamas gunmen skirmished with Israeli forces stationed near the northern Gaza town …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cultural adaptation

Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s “Ten Again And Other Stories takes us into early 20th century Egypt “Ten Again and other stories By Ibrahim Al-MazaniTranslated by William M. HutchinsThe American University in Cairo Press, 2006Hardback, 256 pages CAIRO: Ibrahim Al-Mazini’s works provide one of the best representations of the social life of early 20th century middle class Egypt, …

Daily News Egypt

Etisalat wins third mobile license with LE 16.7 billion offer

CAIRO: The much-anticipated bid for the third mobile license was awarded to the Etisalat consortium, which offered LE 16.7 billion, plus six percent of annual revenues paid to the government as license fees. Besides the UAE telecom operator, the consortium includes Egyptian partners Egypt Post, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Commercial International Bank (CIB). …

Sarah El Sirgany

Recent report by Kefaya urges government to root out corruption

CAIRO: As part of its mission to accelerate social development and end corruption, the Kefaya movement has issued a report tackling various cases in Egypt under the name of “The Hidden Corruption. George Ishaq, head of Kefaya, said in a press conference yesterday that the report is composed of five main parts, each addressing different …

Daily News Egypt

Israel warns of "long war" over captured soldier

Egypt, Saudi urge continued mediation efforts GAZA: Israel warned the governing Palestinian faction Hamas that the sky will fall on them if they harm a captured soldier after a deadline passed on Tuesday for the Jewish state to accept a prisoner exchange. While Israeli tanks and infantry massed along the Gaza Strip s northern border …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

MPs call for expulsion of Israel ambassador

CAIRO: Egyptian MPs called Monday for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and his Egyptian counterpart to be recalled from Tel Aviv in protest at Israel s offensive in the Gaza Strip. The official news agency MENA said several deputies supported the call from Ibrahim Al-Gugari, head of the house s constitutional committee. Some MPs …

Daily Star Egypt Staff