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Kiss and kill

“What could America do to help push democratization forward in Egypt? an American friend connected to U.S. policy-making circles asked me recently. My usual answer to that particularly persistent question is: “democratize Israel. America’s foremost ally and strategic partner is the Middle East is a self-defined Jewish state, in which 20 percent of the population …

Daily News Egypt

Oil security, the George W. Bush way

It always comes back to oil. The continuing misguided interventions in the Middle East by the United States and the United Kingdom have their roots deep in the Arabian sand. Ever since Winston Churchill led the conversion of Britain’s navy from coal to oil at the start of the last century, the Western powers have …

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Crime can't wait for the end of Ramadan

Firecracker prank leads to murder; Teacher and supervisor brawl in front of school CAIRO: What has become evident from perusing crime pages throughout the week is that criminals are not waiting for the holy month of Ramadan to end to carry out their rimes. In Al-Gomhoreya newspaper, a civil servant was killed while preventing his …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Egypt's nuclear bombshell: new era or marketing ploy?

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Egypt s announcement last week that it was relaunching its civil nuclear energy program after a 20-year freeze prompted a frenzy of government announcements about the need for nuclear energy. But whether Egypt is entering a new era of shifting power balances in the region, or whether it is merely seeking to …

Daily News Egypt

Telecoms help bourse inch slightly higher

CAIRO: Egyptian stocks edged a sliver higher on Sunday driven by the telecom sector, which has gained momentum since Telecom Egypt said it would seek a larger share in Vodafone Egypt. The momentum in the market has been up since the Telecom Egypt offer for Vodafone and the healthy momentum was extended today, Mohammed Radwan …


Police break up weapons ring in Sinai

AL-ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian police busted a weapons-dealing ring on Saturday that sold guns and grenades in Egypt s Sinai Peninsula and whose members included security men, security sources said. Nine members of this network were caught red-handed while selling weapons and explosives on one of the streets in Al-Arish to a group of Bedouin and …


Iran crisis overshadows Israeli-Palestinian dispute as Rice visits Mideast

Agence-France Presse WASHINGTON: The looming nuclear crisis with Iran is likely to overshadow timid efforts to rekindle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits the Middle East this week, analysts say. Rice arrives Monday in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Abdullah, then flies to Egypt for a day …

Daily News Egypt

Seven dead in building collapse

Seven people were killed and nine injured when a four-storey building collapsed in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura on Saturday, police said on Sunday. Rescue workers are lifting the rubble from the site but members of six families who lived in the building have been accounted for, they added. Building collapses are a frequent …


Fourteen dead in yet another traffic accident

CAIRO: A truck and a minibus collided head-on south of Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring seven others, security officials said. They said the minibus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle on a two-lane road and collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction. The accident took …


Beirut festival out to "make films, not war"

The Yacoubian Building to screen as festival finale Agence-France Presse BEIRUT: The Beirut international film festival opens Wednesday under the slogan Make Films, Not War, aiming to revive the Lebanese capital s vibrant arts scene from under the shadow of conflict. Cinema is a wonderful medium to learn about other cultures, to become more tolerant. …

Daily News Egypt

Switzerland suspects CIA used its air space in Egyptian mam kidnapping

GENEVA: Switzerland suspects the CIA of using Swiss air space while transporting Abu Omar, an Egyptian imam allegedly abducted by the U.S. spy agency in 2003, the Swiss justice ministry and police said Saturday. Justice Minister Christoph Blocher last week informed the government that an investigation has led to suspicions concerning the transport of Abu …


Egyptian students learn tough lesson in U.S. immigration law

Associated Press NEW YORK: Seventeen students from Egypt arrived at New York s Kennedy airport in late July for what was supposed to be an exciting month in America. Their destination was a Montana university where they were to learn about U.S. history and culture while improving their English. But things didn t go as …

Daily News Egypt

Government extends deadline for Bank of Alexandria offers

Bank to be sold via closed-envelope auction CAIRO: The deadline for the financial bids for an 80 percent stake in the Bank of Alexandria (BA) has been extended to Oct. 16, The Central Bank (CB) and Ministry of Investment (MOI) announced Saturday. In a statement, CB added a closed-envelope auction will be held over several …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Taking the initiative

Egyptian students have stopped relying solely on traditional education Can we? asks the first part of Zedny s slogan. The answer amongst Egyptian youth today seems to be yes . but with a little help. Young Egyptians are increasingly turning to alternative venues for self-enrichment and career help. What may be lacking in the educational …

Deena Douara

Charity time

  ŠΘ # # # The event was well attended with many ambassadors, business people and socialites, here is Laila Delaware, Nera Nour El Din and Yosy Mohi El Din # # Mr. and Mrs. Anis Iklimodis and Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold

Hassan Ibrahim

Present and Tense: The second row

I was asked to join the Democratic Coalition of All People (DECAP), a newly-formed, broad-based alliance of intellectuals who want to end corruption, help the poor, scare Israel, and generally do good stuff for the nation. “Why do you want me to join? I asked Mostafa, their point man. “People think we don’t have a …

Nabil Shawkat

Ahli stars want to inflict more heartache on Ivory Coast

Agence France-Presse CAIRO: The stars from Egyptian club giants Al-Ahli have already broken the hearts of Ivory Coast football followers this year. And on Sunday night the Red Devils will try to do so again, this time when title holders Ahli host ASEC Abidjan in the first leg of an African Champions League semi-final. Last …

Daily News Egypt

Sports Talk: Bodies for show

Should we talk about bodybuilding in this column? We ask because many people don’t think bodybuilding is a real sport. Egypt came first in the African bodybuilding championship held here last week and is readying for the Mediterranean championship next month. The achievement should not be overlooked but it doesn’t answer the question: Is bodybuilding …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Business Recap

Ministry of Investment accelerates PPP drive CAIRO: Pushing forward with his widely publicized strategy of developing public-private-partnerships (PPP) as means of spurring economic growth, Minister of Investment Mahmoud Moheiddin said last week the ministry will introduce projects in education, transportation and healthcare by the end of the year. Moheiddin maintains Egypt presents a lucrative market …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Spirit of giving evident during Ramadan

ALEXANDRIA: With the arrival of Ramadan, phone messages and emails are flying backing and forth expressing the sentiments of the season. But a more concrete sign of the generous nature of Ramadan are advertisements at supermarkets and grocery stores for the famous Ramadan package. Every year people wait from Ramadan to Ramadan to gather or …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt blames Darfur rebels for deteriorating security

CAIRO: Egypt on Thursday blamed the Darfur rebels for insecurity in the vast region of western Sudan and said any agreement on implementing a UN Security Council resolution should take into account Khartoum s reservations. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said in a statement that the principal culprits were the rebel groups which refused to …

Jonathan Wright

Rice to meet Gulf foreign ministers in Cairo

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet foreign ministers of the six conservative Gulf countries and Jordan while in Egypt on Tuesday, an Egyptian official said on Friday. Apart from her bilateral meetings with President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit, she will take part in a nine-way meeting with ministers from …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The confusing and costly choice of being a vegetarian

CAIRO: “Vegetarian? the stallholder or restaurant owner says, looking a little surprised. “You don’t eat meat at all? Well, we do have chicken. No? Not even chicken? Well, how about some fish, then. As any vegetarian in Egypt knows, this kind of incredulity is the norm when you out yourself as a herbivore. I can …

Daily News Egypt

Sci-tech scene: Big price, high definition, long wait

While riveted into home cinema, multimedia just went portable CAIRO: In Egypt these days, as elsewhere in the world, many people are obsessed with buying plasma screens, assuming they’re going to suddenly have an amazing viewing experience. What’s wrong with this assumption is that it’s high-definition television, not plasma, which promises a sharper picture. Yet …

Wael Elazab

Swiss day

  ŠΘ # # # This casual event was a great success as guests enjoyed food from the grill, salads and deserts, here are Amelia Vinobel and Carolina Held # # Photography by Hassan IbrahimThe event started at 5:00 p.m. and went on into night time, here are Miriam and David

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Doha Round could still be a success in 2007 – WTO chief

GENEVA: Frozen talks on reducing barriers to global commerce could be revived and brought to a successful conclusion by the end of 2007, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday. Lamy said that he still believed it was possible for the 149 trading nations which make up the WTO to overcome their differences, …