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OPEC’s development fund gives $30m to Egypt for food security and poverty alleviation

Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries have confirmed a $30million loan for Egypt aimed at food security and poverty alleviation. The international development funding arm of OPEC, the Fund for International Development (OFID), approved 12 loans and grants to 29 developing countries, worth $201 million, for the purpose of improving socio-economic conditions. OFID’s …

Islam Serour

Value Added Tax heads taxation reform discussion

Under the slogan “Future Tax System and its Impact on the Economy and Investment,” the Egyptian Society for Taxation (EST) sponsored a conference yesterday, discussing new reforms which would enhance the Egyptian taxation system. The conference was headed by Ahmed Sawqqi, chairman of the EST, and attended by Mamdouh Omar, the newly appointed chairman of …

Islam Serour

The Egyptian Museum: a timeline of history

The iconic Egyptian Museum on Tahrir Square in Cairo was built to display the richness of Egypt’s history to the world in the form of 8,000 artifacts. It currently holds over 120,000 pieces and is slated to move to a larger, new location. The Daily News Egypt spoke to Sayed Hassan, the General Director of the Egyptian Museum, about its role as a site of national heritage, the plans for the new location, and on how he manages this institution bursting at the seams with art, science, and religious history.

Rachel Adams

The logic of “insult” and the roots of protest

The protests that shook several Arab countries in the past week and the ones that continue until today were no surprise. It was very much expected that a wave of anger in the Islamic world would certainly follow any insult to the prophet Muhammad. Past experiences, whether with Salman Rushdie or the Danish cartoon crisis …

Ziad A. Akl

Turkey bolsters Egypt’s coffers

The Turkish government has agreed to inject US two billion into Egypt’s ailing economy following the visit of an Egyptian delegation to Istanbul for the purpose of strengthening Turkish-Egyptian economic ties. The government’s quest to bridge the state budget deficit and promote economic growth was recently manifested by a request to increase the proposed International …

Islam Serour

Pride and Prejudice

Certain things are deemed unforgivable here and hot-headed, self proclaimed defenders of national or religious pride can rally others to their cause with surprising speed, considering the normal, more sedate pace of the society. Before you know it, prejudices kick in and angry chants ring out, blame, based on rumours and suppositions, is placed and a little flag burning goes a long way.

Adel Heine

The whole truth and nothing but the truth

On 8 March, I was in London attending a panel discussion on the safety of women journalists. I had been invited there by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) after contributing a chapter to a book published earlier this year by the INSI on the safety of female journalists working in conflict and danger zones. …

Shahira Amin