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Present and Tense: Coffee beans

The Iranians finally came back with a contract. I had promised them a medium-size empire, lasting maybe two or three generations, and they loved the idea. I mentioned to the Iranian negotiator that I would demand a medium-size country for my efforts. No problem, Ahmed Tabatabani said. “We know you want Tunisia, but why don’t …

Nabil Shawkat

Theater company uses experimental techniques to bring their messages home

CAIRO: The new Rooabet space at the Townhouse Gallery downtown was the venue earlier Tuesday night for a unique and arresting event staged by El-Warsha Theater Company. The evening was composed of a medley of different performances, with songs, poetry and dramatic readings of texts coming together in a collage informed by recent events in …

Daily News Egypt

Movie sparks controversy but draws crowds with harsh depiction of Egypt

Associated Press CAIRO: It s an odd choice for Egyptian popular entertainment: a bleak movie about corruption, torture and political stagnation in a country where cinematic happy endings are the norm. But audiences are still packing the theaters at a time of widespread discontent in the Arab world. The Yacoubian Building has been raising controversy, …

Daily News Egypt

World Bank slams MENA education system

CAIRO: Despite increased funding, education standards in the Middle East and North Africa get a failing grade and are falling behind those in other developing regions, according to a new World Bank report. While cash has been funneled into building schools, recruiting teachers and developing curricula, the current educational scheme offers little reward for students …

Jered Stuffco

Style over substance at Zamalek's Coffee Bean

CAIRO: It is said that Cairo is a city of coffee shops. Of these, the overwhelming majority are familiar neighbourhood ahwas, complete with sawdust-strewn floors and old men sucking on battered shishas. Over the last few years, Cairo’s wealthier neighborhoods have seen a sharp rise in the number of chic cafés, both foreign and locally …


Sci-tech Scene: It's not just about the technology

Google are driving Internet adoption through language, price-point and keeping their ear to the ground New media companies aren’t just winning the hearts and minds of the people; they’re also putting the power in your hands, right here in Egypt. Available Internet access is growing in the region, as is awareness and local content. Take …

Wael Elazab

Insight Inside focuses on energy

Vortex Healing workshops targets mental energy CAIRO: Linda Noorlander has always known that she had a special gift. “Even as a child, I was able to sense energies that other people couldn’t. I always knew that I would end up helping people one day with this ability that I have. What she didn’t always know, …

Daily News Egypt

Traditional Ramadan essentials

Create a festive atmosphere in your home CAIRO: Gathering around the table with friends and family during iftar (breaking of the fast) is an essential part of Ramadan. But to further enjoy reliving the traditional elements of Ramadan, there are some simple ideas to incorporate some of these traditions to create a festive atmosphere at …

Aida Nassar

In the spirit of Ramadan

ALEXANDRIA: Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is a month Muslims await from year to year. In keeping with Islamic traditions, Egypt witnesses an increase in good deeds throughout the day and full mosques during the night. People all over Egypt anticipate the arrival of the month of Ramadan. Many people embrace the …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

People call for more stringent action by Arab governments against Papal comments CAIRO: On a visit to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed by a 14th century Byzantine emperor, who wrote that all that the Prophet Mohammed had brought was evil and inhuman, specifically his command to spread …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

U.S. could cooperate with Egypt on nuclear energy

President s son proposes peaceful nuclear program CAIRO: The United States could cooperate with Egypt if it decides to develop nuclear energy, the U.S. ambassador to Cairo said on Thursday. Gamal Mubarak, son of the president and a ruling party official, said this week Egypt should consider exploiting nuclear power as a new source of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

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 …

Sarah El Sirgany

Oil spill threatens Suez Canal

ISMAILIA: Clean up crews on Thursday worked to stop the spread of 5,000 tons of crude oil which leaked into Egypt s Suez Canal from an oil tanker, officials said. A Liberian-flagged tanker with a cargo of 84,000 tons collided with a bank of the canal on Wednesday, breaching its hull and causing the spill, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Bush and Mubarak back UN force in Darfur

WASHINGTON: U.S. President George W. Bush and President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday discussed the need to deploy a UN force in Sudan s Darfur region, a White House official said. The president spoke to Egyptian President Mubarak earlier today about Sudan. They discussed the urgency of stopping the killing in Darfur, a White House official, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt resumes diplomatic relations with El Salvador

CAIRO: Egypt has resumed its diplomatic relations with El Salvador after the Central American country s decision last month to move its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The statement said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit and his Salvadoran counterpart Francisco Lainez announced the resumption of diplomatic relations …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Prosecutor in Egyptian cleric case testifies before committee

ROME: A prosecutor leading the investigation of the alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan testified Wednesday before parliament s secret services committee. The proceeding was closed to the public, but Armando Spataro s statements apparently contradicted last month s testimony by the head of Italy s military intelligence, committee members indicated. Nicolo …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Leading human rights organization voices strong criticism toward government

CAIRO: The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) announced the release of its 16th Annual Report on human rights abuses in Egypt and of Egyptians abroad in a press conference on Thursday. Founded in 1985, the Cairo-based organization has a national membership of 2,300 and 17 provincial branches located throughout Egypt. Since 2006, EOHR has …

Alexandra Sandels

Trade Holding Co. finalizes Omar Effendi negotiations with Anwal

Pending general assembly approval: early retirement for 1,200, elimination of up to 24 branches CAIRO: A negotiation committee appointed by the Trade Holding Company (THC) to finalize the sale of Omar Effendi to Anwal Group reported Tuesday an agreement has been reached for Anwal to pay LE 50 million in early retirement compensation for 1,200 …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Cairo-to-Camps highlights fund-raising

Activists differ on their level of confidence in governments CAIRO: Members of the American University in Cairo club Cairo-to-Camps held an event on Wednesday, Sept. 20 which highlighted the many ways to raise awareness and aid money for the people of Lebanon. Each summer, the club sends a delegation of volunteers to perform community service …


Bitter taste of reality

Out of time and place, but distinctly relevant to the here and now CAIRO: Al-Batreeq: Hathayan Fil Ro b Wal Horria (The Penguin: Hallucinations about Freedom and Terror), written and directed by Omar El-Moutaz Bellah, was recently performed at Metropole Theater on the periphery of the 18th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater by Tiatro …

Daily News Egypt

Meet the talented members of the Tiatro troupe

Tiatro is an independent theatrical troupe that was formed by 26-year-old Omar El-Moutaz Bellah in 2001. They started with five members and have now reached 120, 15 of whom come from other countries. Interestingly, none of Tiatro’s members was originally a theater person. The relatively young El-Moutaz Bellah – commonly referred to as Egypt’s Hitchcock …

Daily News Egypt

Reliving a piece of history

An insider view into the new TV production Halim One of the central figures of his age, he was an intricate part of the government. Despite dangers, he never traveled with a motorcade or even a bodyguard. I became absorbed in him for two reasons: this is a man who seemed to have no fear …

Daily News Egypt

TV producers more than generous with Ramadan offerings

Egyptian and satellite channels gear up for the biggest season of the year “Ramadan Kareem. We use these words to greet each other at the start of the month of fasting. The phrase translates as “Ramadan is generous, marking the surplus in everything: food, dessert, traffic jams and most of all the number of terrestrial …

Daily News Egypt

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, …

Sarah El Sirgany

The Landscape of Civilization

Chinese artist uses calligraphy to convey his message CAIRO: Documenting the development of civilizations can be achieved in various ways, but Chinese artist Qin Feng has chosen to accomplish this end through the art of calligraphy. Feng’s Landscape of Civilization series (2003-2008) consists of 100 ink books (“album leaves ), and he has put together …

Farah El Alfy

Guardians of the source of the Blue Nile

Mireia Cano’s photographs capture daily life on the Ethiopian riverbank CAIRO: When the Fables of the Nile expedition set out to follow the Blue Nile from its source in Ethiopia through Sudan and on to Egypt, the photographer Mireia Cano joined them for the beginning of their journey from Lake Tana to Debre Markos. Armed …

Aida Nassar

Cairo International Airport goes high tech

CAIRO: Thanks to a newly approved, $22 million contract, Cairo International Airport’s embryonic Terminal 3 will be among the most technologically advanced in the world. Some of the planned high-tech gadgets, which go into use when Terminal 3 opens in early 2008, are computerized self-serve kiosks, “fast-track biometric immigration gates and an efficient, number-crunching resource …

Jered Stuffco