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Flaring defiance

The richness of the original Arabic text hampers this superb attempt at translation Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad By Alia Mamdouh American University in Cairo Press; Paperback 198 pages; LE 70 CAIRO: The title of the book “Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad is an illuminating description of what is kept between its covers. A potent …

Daily News Egypt

Conquering the world

CAIRO: When Dina Abdel Hadi started her career in Proctor and Gamble (P&G) she became the first woman, regionally, to work in the sales domain. A decade later she is running, in partnership with her husband, ProAct World, a multinational marketing company,while taking care of her two children and participating in a community service organization …

Sarah El Sirgany

Derailing AIDS

CAIRO: To mark World AIDS Awareness Month, December 2005, the Ministry of Health and Population, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project Communication for Healthy Living, decided to get on track to increase HIV/AIDS awareness. In an innovative attempt to gain attention, the ministry engaged a six-car train to make …

Daily News Egypt

Arab world's first parliament meets in Cairo

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak, speaking to the firstever gathering of the Arab Parliament, assured its members Tuesday that solidarity would enable the Arab world to successfully confront the challenges it faces. “Our great Arab world, through the unity of its sons, has the means to restore its vitality, to face current challenges and to assume …

Daily News Egypt

Grains of truth

CAIRO: An electronic mail message (e-mail) entitled “Strictly Confidential , preceded with the tag “Forward, is circulated on the Internet to forewarn people of a conspiracy against Islamic preacher Amr Khaled; asking Muslims to pray for the popular young man. Amr Khaled, often described as a modern televangelist, began preaching in Egypt less than a …

Pakinam Amer

Broken promises

CAIRO: Reporters Without Borders Tuesday issued an inflammatory statement slamming the continued hounding of journalists in Egypt and called on President Hosni Mubarak to keep his pledge, made to parliament on Decembe19, to allow press freedom. “Each year, President [Hosni] Mubarak announces that the authorities will stop their harassment of journalists, the worldwide press freedom …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt signs FTA with Turkey

CAIRO: Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid signed a free trade agreement Tuesday with Turkish Minister of State Kursad Tuzmen. The agreement will take effect upon ratification by the Turkish and Egyptian parliaments, at which point the Turkish market will immediately become free of duties to Egyptian businesses for most products. Certain …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Investment Minister: PM to keep post

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif will keep his post in a new cabinet and form a new government following recent parliamentary elections, Investment Minister Mahmoud Mohieldin said on Tuesday. Mohieldin, speaking to journalists after meeting Nazif,is the first senior government official to comment on the new government since the state-owned Al- Ahram newspaper last week …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Saddam on trial

CAIRO: During his trial last week,incarcerated fromer Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein accused his American guards of torturing him, an allegation that provoked diverse reactions inside Egypt. Human rights groups, however, remain silent in reaction to the claims. The leader, who is strongly suspected of killing thousands during his reign, has been on trial charged with …

Pakinam Amer

Washington speaks out against Nour verdict

NEW YORK: The sentencing of El-Ghad party leader Ayman Nour to five years imprisonment on charges that he forged signatures to register his party has received sharp criticism from Washington. In a statement released shortly after the verdict was announced Saturday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan called upon the Egyptian government to release the political …

Vivian Salama

Egypt-Turkey to sign free trade zone agreement

CAIRO: Minister of Foreign Trade and Industry Rachid Mohamed Rachid and Turkish Minister of State Kursad Tuzmen announced that Egypt and Turkey will sign a free trade zone agreement today meant to improve trade and economic exchange between the two countries. The agreement will be signed by President Hosni Mubarak and Turkish President Ahmed Necdet …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

National Bank of Egypt to merge with Tegaryoun bank

CAIRO: Egypt’s Bank of Commerce and Development (Al-Tegaryoun) will merge with the state-owned National Bank of Egypt (NBE) with effect from Thursday, the stock exchange said in a statement on Monday. The Bank of Commerce and Development is itself more than 97 percent state-owned but 2.8 percent of the shares are in the hands of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Assessing the exchange

CAIRO: As the excitement over Telecom Egypt’s initial public offering (IPO) settles, the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchanges Chairman Maged Shawky spoke to The Daily Star Egypt about recent developments and future plans for the stock market. The Telecom Egypt offering was generally considered a success, but several investors complained that they did not receive …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Ayman Nour sentenced to five years in jail

CAIRO: After a trial that dragged on for more than a year, Ayman Nour was sentenced, early Saturday, to five years in jail by an Egyptian court. Nour, chairman of El-Ghad (Tomorrow) Party, was accused last year of forging all but 14 applications out of the 2,000 needed by law to declare his political party …

Pakinam Amer

Return of the pop king

CAIRO: Amr Diab’s new album Kammel Kalamak (Finish Your Words) was due for a summer release but was postponed more than once.The August 17 release was first postponed in mourning over the death of Saudi King Fahd Bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud and the victims of the Sharm El-Sheikh terrorist attack. Then rumors circulated that Diab …

Sarah El Sirgany

Order in court?

CAIRO: Ayman Nour’s trial was a circus, complete with baying audiences, strongmen keeping ravenous hordes at bay and cages being rattled in a desperate attempt at freedom. The problem is, the trial’s entertainment value was as dubious as its outcome, or credibility. Apart from a very few exceptions, no one will ever really know if …

Daily News Egypt

EgyptAir signs environment-friendly protocol

CAIRO: In an effort to activate its role in environmental protection, EgyptAir Holding Company signed a collaboration protocol with the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. The holding company’s role would be activated throughout its seven subsidiaries, locally regionally and internationally, “through materializing the Egyptian and international laws in the field of occupational health and …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt median o/n interbank rate dips to 9.15 pct

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the Egyptian pound inched down to 9.15 percent on Sunday from 9.155 percent on Thursday in the middle of a period for calculating banks’ reserves. “There isn’t anything new in the market today and trade is quiet, one trader said. “No one really needs funds right now …we …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Kharafi Group goes high-tech

CAIRO: “Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, Khalil Gibran once wrote. This sentiment was echoed by Ibrahim Saleh, who heads up several of the Kharafi Group’s manufacturing ventures in Egypt, including a smart card factory and a computer hardware manufacturing plant that started operation earlier this month. “Up to when …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

An Oscar for Egypt?

CAIRO: Kharif Adam or (Adam’s Way), is the first Egyptian film ever to be short-listed in the Oscars and the Golden Globe awards. Although the chance of the film actually winning is slim,just being considered is a big step for Egypt’s film industry. The film’s storyline is not new, based on Mohamed El-Bossaty’s 1970 novel …

Farah El Alfy

Documentary glorifies Sadat's assassin

CAIRO: A prospective Iranianproduced documentary on the assassination of the late President Anwar Sadat, has kicked off a range of volatile of reactions inside Egypt.Among other issues, the documentary apparently glorifies Khaled El-Islamboli, Sadat’s assassin. While some Egyptians are ready to incriminate the Iranian government, others cautioned against linking the government to the documentary, especially …

Pakinam Amer

Working it out together

CAIRO: With different backgrounds and interests in their past, sisters Amani and Amal Hafez joined forces to open Body Works, a women-only gym and studio. According to Amani, “This part of town [Heliopolis, where the studio is located and where the two sisters live] is a womenonly-area, whose residents are more conservative than those living …

Sarah El Sirgany

Britain holds hearing on Sharm El-Sheikh attack

CAIRO: A British coroner began hearing evidence Monday about the deaths of 11 Britons who died last summer in terrorist bombings in Sharm El-Sheikh. The two-day hearing was being held in Chelmsford, north of London, the BBC reported. As the hearing began, Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray acknowledged how “dreadful it must be for the families of …

Daily News Egypt

Bridging the gap

CAIRO: Today’s international headlines are choked with references to so-called Islamic terrorism, fundamentalism, and extremism. Images of gunwielding Palestinians and suicide bombers etch negative impressions of the Muslim world to Western audiences. Since the onset of the U.S. and allied invasion of Iraq, disturbing images of Westerners being executed by groups avowing Islamic ideals have …

Aida Nassar

The faces of freedom

CAIRO: How far can you push the limit, testing authorities’ tolerance to the freedom of expression you are demonstrating? No one can answer this question better than Amr Adib; because for the past six years he has been testing the limits on air. “Freedom is hard-pressed. Meaning, it is acquired, it is not bestowed, says …

Sarah El Sirgany

Sudanese asylum seekers end CairoU.N. sit-in

  *     CAIRO: Some 1,500 Sudanese asylum seekers have abandoned a more than two-monthlong sit-in outside U.N. offices in Cairo after the agency agreed to review their asylum claims, the body s refugee arm said on Sunday. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said concern for the protestors,who had endured winter temperatures …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Making Egypt prosper in a global economy

CAIRO: As global trade representatives met head-on in Hong Kong to negotiate the reduction of tariffs and agricultural subsidies, Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin and Deutsche Bank Chief Economist Norbert Walter presented their views on whether Egypt can prosper in the world trade blocs of Europe, Asia and America. Speaking at a conference on Sunday …

Waleed Khalil Rasromani

Four banks interested in United Bank of Egypt

CAIRO: The Central Bank of Egypt has given four banks permission to undertake due diligence checks on United Bank of Egypt (UBE) as the prelude to a possible takeover, a UBE official said on Monday. The banks are Lebanon s Bank Audi, Suez Canal Bank, Egyptian Gulf Bank and Egyptian Commercial Bank, said the official, …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Talaat and Hafez under investigation

CAIRO: Investigation is currently underway in the case of businessman Ihab Talaat and former President of Egyptian Radio and Television Union and Media Production City Abdel Rahman Hafez.The Administrative Monitoring Authority will determine exact charges on Wednesday. Talaat is facing charges of appropriating public funds, and Hafez is facing charges of facilitating the embezzlement. The …

Sarah El Sirgany