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Orascom commissions plant in Iraq

Cement production in the third world has become big business with increasing environmental restrictions elsewhere CAIRO: Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) Cement Group announced that they have commissioned a cement facility in northern Iraq and are in the process of production. According to an official company statement, the rehabilitation of the 2.3 million ton per year …

Najla Moussa

Textile cluster exploits migration of industry from Europe

CAIRO: Over a century ago, Egypt s ruler Mohammed Ali took advantage of the halt of the American cotton trade owing to the civil war in that country and compelled Egyptian farmers to cultivate cotton almost exclusively. The cotton that was grown was long-staple, meaning that its fibers are longer than the other cotton produced …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

So that's what he said

From Bogotá to Berlin, from Sunday to Wednesday, people had been lip reading, guessing, presuming and supposing, trying to figure out what on earth did Italian devil defender Marco Materazzi say that was so bad, so insulting, so upsetting that Zinedine Zidane lost his head just by using it. Now we know, without the exact …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

Alexandria isn't just about seafood

Selected picks of the culinary delights of the popular coastal city ALEXANDRIA: The summer time means more sun and sand. For Egyptians, the summertime also means more food. Since Alexandria is the main attraction in the summer, its array of foods has people enjoying their meals from morning to night. Alexandria, being a coastal city, …

Daily News Egypt

Arab states to meet in Cairo on Mideast violence

Reuters CAIRO: Arab governments agreed to send their foreign ministers to Cairo for an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Israeli attacks on Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, the Arab League said on Thursday. But the 22-member League has not yet seen specific proposals for a joint Arab response to the attacks in which Israel …

Jonathan Wright

Al Ahli continues defense of unbeaten record

JOHANNESBURG: Title holders Al Ahli have two records in their sights when the group phase of the African Champions League begins this weekend. Al Ahli, who beat Etoile Sahel in last year s final, is away to another Tunisian side, CS Sfaxien in its opening Group A match on Saturday. The Egyptian side is looking …

Daily News Egypt

Why is Africa getting poorer?

CAIRO: There is an African country where 19 population of the population lives under the poverty line, yet whose government donates aid to other African countries. While this country gives the World Food Program in excess of $1.5 million for use elsewhere on the continent, more than 500,000 of its own people are classified as …

Daily News Egypt

Inspecting inflation, as IMF warns against reducing interest rates

CAIRO: Egypt has achieved a remarkable turnaround in its monetary situation. Until a few years ago, the state of the pound, controlled and overvalued by the government, made imports difficult due to the unavailability of foreign currency and exports too expensive. Subsequent to the devaluation and floatation of the pound in 2003, Egyptian exports have …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Truth from a director's lens

El Sakia commences its second documentary film festival CAIRO: El Sakia Cultural Center starts its second documentary film festival tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Awards will be distributed at the closing ceremony of the four-day festival on July 18. This year, 50 documentary films are participating in the festival, with 26 being short documentary films of …

Daily News Egypt

The legend behind the legend

Ahmed Zaki (Aug. 1949- March 2005) Ahmed Zaki was one of the few legendary actors that made a lasting impression in the history of Arab cinema. With a total of 55 movies made, the memory of Zaki has been engraved in the viewers’ minds. Zaki’s roles varied from comedy, drama to the portrayal of Egyptian …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Taking on the challenge

Director Sherif Arafa discusses the challenges of making “Halim CAIRO: Since Good News For Films first announced its plans to produce a film depicting the life of Abdel Halim Hafez, the public has not underestimated the challenges taken on by the participating filmmakers. Just to pinpoint a few of the recognized challenges: Finding a fresh …

Sarah El Sirgany

"Halim" brings together two iconic legends

Ahmed Zaki and Abdel Halim Hafez share the silver screen HalimDirector: Sherif ArafaWriter: Mahfouz Abdel RahmanActors: Ahmed Zaki, Haytham Ahmed Zaki, Sulaf Fawakhergi, Mona Zaki and Ezzat Abu Ouf CAIRO: As the opening credits roll, the shaky camera follows late actor Ahmed Zaki in his Abdel Halim Hafez persona while he performs on stage. Scenes …

Sarah El Sirgany

Matters of the harp

Manal Mohie El-Din puts the virtues of the harp on display CAIRO: How apt that the instrument which owes its very existence to Egypt should still find a home here. This most marginalized of instruments, apparently confined to the satellite provinces of any orchestra in which it has the audacity to feature, was propelled to …

Daily News Egypt

Community reacts to the newest stand-off between the media and the government

CAIRO: During President Hosni Mubarak’s reelection campaign – in what was the first-ever, multi-candidate presidential election – he promised to increase the freedom of the press and end all jail sentences handed down to reporters. The promise, however, has largely gone unfulfilled. Hundreds of journalists gathered on July 9 in front of parliament to oppose …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Arabic news on the Web

Maktoob.com’s partnership with BBC part of growth strategy CAIRO: Maktoob.com, the largest Arab online community headquartered in Jordan, has recently announced that it has partnered with the BBC, as part of the Web site’s newly launched news service. The alliance between the international broadcasting giant and Maktoob is one of the recent spates of acquisitions …

Najla Moussa

President's intervention greeted with mixed reactions

Violence escalates between Israel, Palestine and Lebanon; rebel priest provokes censure CAIRO: The local media has provided different takes on the president s intervention in amending the new press law; some applauded while others were skeptical. Meanwhile, escalation of violence between Israeli, Palestine and Lebanon has been making continuous headlines. Receiving less coverage, but still …

Sarah El Sirgany

Onslaught against Lebanon continues, 52 civilians killed

Egypt, Hariri hold emergency talks in bid to end crisis BEIRUT: Israel struck Beirut airport and blockaded Lebanese ports on Thursday, expanding reprisals that have killed 52 civilians in Lebanon since Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight a day earlier. The Lebanese Shiite Muslim group retaliated by raining rockets onto towns in northern …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel invades south Lebanon after Hezbollah seizes two soldiers

Brotherhood praises abduction of soldiers, says Israel should “exchange the thousands of Palestinian prisoners AITA SHAAB, Lebanon: Israel invaded southern Lebanon in a ground and air assault to retrieve two soldiers snatched by Hezbollah on Wednesday, the first such assault into the country since a 2000 pullout. The capture, in an attack on an army …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak sees no need for vice president

Reuters CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak said in remarks published on Wednesday there was no need to appoint a vice president, suggesting he will leave open the post from which both he and his predecessor became leader. Analysts and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said that by not appointing a vice president, 78-year-old Mubarak strengthened the chances …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt moves to cut food prices in Ramadan run-up

Trade and industry minister addresses need for poultry CAIRO: Egypt eased restrictions on poultry imports imposed amid the bird flu crisis Tuesday, among a raft of measures aimed at lowering the retail price of food ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Whole frozen poultry, frozen eggs and egg powder will be off the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt's International Economic Forum

  ŠΘ # # # The forum discussed the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Many of Egypt’s economists and businessmen attended the event, here, Moataz Raslan and Fathi Sebai Mansour # # Yousria Loza, Omar El Diriny, Khaled Raafat

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel-Lebanon conflict hits Egyptian stocks

CAIRO: Conflict between Israel and Hezbollah along Lebanon s southern border hit Egyptian stocks hard on Wednesday, as jittery investors took profits from a two-week rally. Brokers said news that the Lebanese guerrilla group had captured two Israeli soldiers and Israel was preparing a military response triggered some panic on the exchange. Investors were saying …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

State stays out of Coptic conflict

Maximus I to form new church in sectarian split CAIRO: The Christian community in Egypt has been abuzz sine President Hosni Mubarak’s statement that he will not get involved in the current controversial issue facing the Coptic Orthodox Church. On July 3, Archbishop Maximus I dropped announced that he would split from the Coptic Orthodox …

Najla Moussa

Egypt should hold rates until inflation tamed says IMF

CAIRO: The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) should resist further interest rate cuts until low inflation is the norm, despite a plunge in consumer prices since 2005, the International Monetary Fund said in a statement on Tuesday. IMF directors cautioned that any additional interest rate reductions should wait until liquidity growth decelerates further and low …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Study in static dynamism

Shayma Aziz exhibits her collection of stills that encapsulate movement CAIRO: Shayma Aziz’s Contrast in Still Motion is a striking exhibition using rust or black and white dyes to highlight a sequence of still figures fashioned from charcoal. The Falaki Gallery her work is exhibited in could more accurately be described as simply a hallway …

Daily News Egypt

Archeologists discover ancient Greek carvings

CAIRO: Egyptian archeologists have discovered carvings with Greek inscriptions dating back to the era of the second century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced Tuesday. The carvings are believed to form part of the altar of a temple and were unearthed while archeologists were excavating in the area around Pompey s …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Integration is the secret ingredient

Mona Zaki’s personal life combines with her career and community service for a successful mix CAIRO: You don’t need to spend more than five minutes in Dr. Mona Zaki’s office to understand who she is. Once you step into the Garden City office, where she operates her self-founded company Global Strategic Consultants (GSC), a drawing …

Sarah El Sirgany