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Opinion pages kept busy with 24 August protests and Morsy’s visit to Iran

As three days passed after the 24 August anti-Morsy protests were organised, columnists have continued to analyse the repercussions of the demonstrations. Some writers condemned the entire notion, while highlighting angles and reasons of failure, others praised the move describing it as one of the first successful trials of democracy and one of the most …

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Calls to fix energy pricesfor factories

The Exports Council for Construction Materials (ECCM) will hold an urgent meeting this Sunday to request Prime Minister Hesham Qandil fix energy prices for factories. The ECCM plans to ask for a detailed five year plan to fix energy prices for industries. Waleed Gamal Eldeen, Presidentof the ECCM, said the energy prices instability is causing …

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New initiative to maximise benefits of international trade agreements

By Inaam El Adawy The Federation of the Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) has adopted an initiative to review the trade agreements signed with Egypt in previous years. The initiative is aimed at seeking methods to derive optimal benefit from the agreements. “We are currently studying the free trade agreements between Egypt and other states, to …

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Cimatheque premieres UK’s Deep State

Mirza commented on the premise of the film, “it is a modern tale of insurrectionary struggles that wants to speak about the term of the ‘deep’ state, the complexity of power, the forces that operate on the state and through the state, which is then internalised by us as citizens.”

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The Vibe Zone – radio on the net

Shows like World Beat, playing only world music, Mosh Pit Maniacs completely dedicated to metal music and The Vibe Zone featuring funky jazz, acid jazz, old school R&B, soul and funk, Capital Club Radio attracts listeners that are interested in more than the Top 40.

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The Heavy Stick of Democracy

By Mohaammed Aly Ibrahim, former editor of the Egyptian Gazette and AlGoumhoria newspapers For decades Egyptians were kept on a tight rein. Our leaders used “democracy” as chewing gum before TV cameras then threw it away upon leaving interviews or press conferences. Either in dictatorship or in the incumbent so-called democracy, the concept of people’s …

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Is it really not the time to settle scores?

Properly wielding his legislative mandate for the first time since he has taken office, President Mohamed Morsy divulged his powers and outlawed the temporary detention of Islam Afify, one of his harshest critics. Several media professionals, activists and even ordinary citizens eulogized the positive stride taken by Morsy. For many, the new president is probably …

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Columnists continue dissecting 24 August protests

After anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests gained public and political attention on 24 August, columnists in several Egyptian newspapers examined the primary reasons behind the demonstrations. Many supported the idea and condemned assaults against protesters, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of being intolerant of opposition and criticism. Others took the time to consider the protester’s demands, rather than …

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Embaba Airport housing project to be completed by year’s end

By Mohamed Darwish The Greater Cairo Housing Authority (GCHA) has finished constructing 82 percent (2800 out of 3400 apartments) of the Embaba Airport housing project, in preparation for delivery to owners in December. General Hesham Abu Senna, Director of the GCHA, said the area has been provided with electrical power from the national grid and …

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National Holding Company invests EGP 1.3 billion in Arab Countries

By Islam Serour The National Holding Company reported Saturday the contract values for its two affiliated companies, El-Nasr Company for Contractors and the Egyptian Contractors Company, amounted to EGP 1.363 billion in Arab countries, during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. According to the Holding company’s report, El-Nasr’s contracts in Sudan are valued at EGP 288.961 million. …

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New fiscal measures to address state budget deficit

By Islam Zayed and Mohamed Abdel Monsef The Government has prepared a new bundle of legislation aimed at increasing national revenue and alleviating budget strain. The legislation is scheduled to be enacted by year’s end. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) will enact further legislation to collect overdue taxes. The new bill resembles the tax payment …

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Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs, Mohamed Mahsoub

Minister Mahsoub proposes new ‘Equal opportunities’ law

Interviewed By Wafaa Abdel Bary What is your mission during your first year in office, and what is your plan to improve the Ministry’s performance? My first year’s mission encompasses restructuring the Ministry, laying down the legislative plan and general guidelines, and pushing through several urgent legislations. In addition, the Ministry is working on a …

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