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CAIRO: After the upper house agreed to President Hosni Mubarak’s proposal to extend the Emergency Law for two years, criticism of the decision has been non-stop. National newspapers published few reactions, focusing instead on Mubarak’s announcements, while the independent press launched a campaign against the much-criticized law. According to Al Ahram, “the Emergency Law would …

Pakinam Amer

Nour's top lawyer missing: wife

CAIRO: Jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour s top lawyer and a colleague have gone missing, Nour s wife and spokeswoman, Gamila Ismail, told AFP Saturday. Amir Salem, the lead defense lawyer in Nour s forgery trial, and Ihab Al-Khouly, also a Nour lawyer and one of five vice presidents for Nour s El-Ghad (Tomorrow) party, …


Zoning industry

CAIRO: The theory of comparative advantage is entrenched in modern economic dogma. Countries specialize in the few goods that they can produce more efficiently relative to other goods and procure their remaining needs from other nations. While critics of globalization may dispute the social and political implications of the idea, few will deny its material …


Calling with one voice

CAIRO: The Minister of Religious Endowments Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq announced at a press conference on Sunday that the government, with the support of the Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, has approved a project to synchronize the call to prayer in Cairo. The minister also said that the government might next ban the use of amplifiers by …

Najla Moussa

Rights activists cry foul after arrest of protesters

CAIRO: Human rights activists condemned the arrest of at least 30 protesters at demonstrations held on 26 and 27 April, held in support of pro-reform judges. Among other groups, the South Centre for Human Rights Studies called in a press statement for the immediate release of all those detained for supporting independence . According to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Woof

“I like pigs, Winston Churchill is supposed to have said on what must have been a rainy day. “Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Well, I don’t know about pigs, but he certainly had cats and dogs figured out. Which doesn’t reflect very well on the …

Daily News Egypt

Qatari woman imprisoned by family for marrying Egyptian

DOHA: Inside a luxurious compound, a Qatari woman has been made a prisoner in her bedroom and sometimes starved and beaten for shaming her family by fleeing Doha in 2002 to marry an Egyptian man. My parents tricked me back and threatened to send me to prison unless I asked for a divorce and renounced …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Present and Tense

My wife calls me a mule. I call her Forty Acres. Together we’re the perfect couple, a dream of emancipation running across oceans of color, creed, and common sense. Last week, Sinai came between us, as it always does. Forty Acres got in her car and drove all the way to the coast. Mule stayed …

Nabil Shawkat

Look who's watching?

An explosion has already been heard in Iran. Not the nuclear kind the world is dreading. This one is softer, curvier (some makes come with an unusually short fuse) and just as loud. The bang belongs to Iranian women who will now be allowed to attend major sporting events, soccer included, ending a ban that …

Alaa Abdel-Ghani

An affordable goal

CAIRO: Shisha first found its way into the land of the Nile with the Ottoman conquest in the early 19th Century. It is the modern shisha, however, that is uniquely Egyptian. With the addition of molasses into the tobacco first taking place in the early days of the 20th Century in order to move away …

Joseph Mayton

Reform, before it is too late

CAIRO: It wasn’t long into the aftermath of the latest Sinai bombing that the people in Dahab, and the rest of the country, began anxiously pondering who was responsible for the recent string of violence that has plagued the country. Suffice it to say, this haven has, in many ways, been isolated from the mayhem …

DNE

Activists, journalists condemn Al-Jazeera reporter's arrest

CAIRO: Press freedom activists and journalists condemned the arrest of satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera s Cairo bureau chief Hussein Abdel Ghani on Wednesday, calling it an attack on journalists everywhere and a violation of freedom of expression. This constitutes an attack on journalists right to broadcast information in a transparent, unbiased way to the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak arrives in Jordan for talks with king

AQABA, Jordan: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in Aqaba for talks with King Abdullah II on aiding the Palestinians amid a growing Western boycott, an official with Jordan s royal court told AFP. As soon as he landed, Mubarak went immediately from Aqaba s airport to Abdullah s palace for talks on the situation in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt renews state of emergency for two years

CAIRO: Egypt s parliament approved the renewal of the state of emergency for two years Sunday, a controversial measure the country s premier justified with a recent wave of bombings and communal clashes. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood swiftly condemned the government request, arguing that emergency laws were ineffective and that its justification was tantamount to …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

One killed as Egypt sweeps Sinai for bomb suspects

CAIRO: An Egyptian was killed Sunday in clashes that broke out when police raided northern Sinai to hunt down the group responsible for the deadly bombings in Dahab, the interior ministry said. The armed clashes erupted at dawn in the Jabal Al-Maghara region in northern Sinai as police encircled an area where they believed suspects …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt detains two in bomb attack investigations

CAIRO: Egyptian police have detained two men they said drove people suspected of involvement in bomb attacks in the resort of Dahab and north Sinai, the state MENA news agency reported. In a report published late on Friday, MENA quoted security forces as saying they were questioning two drivers whose passengers could have been involved …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Emergency law fails to quell terror, say activists

CAIRO: Activists say that a triple bomb attack in the Red Sea resort town of Dahab on Monday is proof that a long-standing emergency law is ineffective in combating terror. The state of emergency has consistently failed to protect anyone, Egyptian or foreign, from terrorism, said director of the Cairo-based South Center for Human Rights …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

UCLA Egyptologists launching online encyclopedia

WASHINGTON: Frustrated with the poor quality of many Web sites dealing with ancient Egypt, a professor at the University of California has decided to create a massive online encyclopedia devoted solely to Egyptology. Willemina Wendrich, a professor of Egyptian archeology, had watched in dismay as the best resource for her subject, a seven-volume encyclopedia in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mubarak vows to defeat terrorism

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday vowed to defeat terror as investigators probed whether a fugitive suspected in previous Sinai resort bombings may have carried out this week s blasts in Dahab. We are chased by a blind terror and no one is immune from its evils, Mubarak said in an annual nationally televised speech …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Investor views on Egypt stay positive despite bombs

LONDON: If recent history is anything to go by, then this week s bombings in Egypt will not deter investors who stuck with its resurgent economy after even bloodier attacks on the Sharm El-Sheikh resort in July 2005. An economic reform program launched by the government in 2004 has been applauded by analysts for bringing …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Police use force to disperse protestors in Egypt

CAIRO: Police attacked demonstrators Thursday rallying in support of two pro-reform judges who had been hauled before a disciplinary board for accusing the judiciary of helping fix elections. The hearing, which lasted an hour, was adjourned until May 11, but reformist activists condemned the police crackdown, charging that President Hosni Mubarak s government was once …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Calls to prayer to be synchronized in Cairo

CAIRO: The government has agreed to buy 4,000 wireless receivers for a project to synchronize the call to prayer from all state-run mosques in the Cairo area, the state news agency MENA said on Thursday. The government first floated the project in 2004, provoking some opposition from traditionalists. The news that it will sign a …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press round-up

CAIRO: While newspapers were preoccupied with the judges sit-in and the repercussions of last week s brief sectarian strife in Alexandria, the Sinai bombings exploded onto the scene. This dominaed news coverage and initiated a series of editorial debates reflecting on various local concerns. Some of the newspapers on Tuesday weren’t able to cover the …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egypt needs bird flu awareness says WHO

CAIRO: Egypt needs to raise public awareness of how to avoid bird flu, which the government says has killed one person and infected four others this month, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday. There was no sign of human-to-human transmission in Egypt, said Hassan al-Bushra, WHO regional adviser for communicable diseases surveillance. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt blames same Bedouin group for all Sinai attacks

CAIRO: Egypt blamed suicide attacks in the Sinai Peninsula this week on local Bedouins linked to an Islamic radical group also responsible for other bloody bombings in Red Sea resorts in the past 18 months. The information indicates that the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Dahab and Al-Gura are Sinai bedouins, nterior …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt grills Al-Jazeera bureau chief

CAIRO: The Egypt bureau chief of Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera was questioned by a state security prosecutor Thursday after being arrested in the Red Sea resort of Dahab. Hussein Abdel Ghani was accused of broadcasting false information liable to harm Egypt s reputation, the station said, as fellow journalists and rights groups condemned the arrest …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Word on the Street

CAIRO: On Monday, Egypt and the entire region were rocked by the triple bombings that struck Dahab in the Sinai and claimed the lives of 24 people, while injuring dozens of others. The following day, two suicide bombers attacked again in the North Sinai, although the second day of attacks resulted in no deaths other …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

BREAKING NEWS: Al-Jazeera bureau chief released on bail

CAIRO: The Cairo bureau chief of Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera was detained for a day and questioned on Thursday by Egyptian state security prosecutors. Hussein Abdel Ghani was arrested on Wednesday in the Red Sea resort of Dahab and accused of broadcasting false information liable to harm Egypt s reputation, the TV station said. He …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

BREAKING NEWS: Al Jazeera bureau chief detained by Egyptian police

CAIRO: Police detained Al Jazeera television s Cairo bureau chief, accusing him of spreading false information while reporting the Sinai bombings, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. An Interior Ministry spokesman said Hussein Abdel Ghani had been taken in for questioning after reporting an explosion in the eastern province of Sharkia on Wednesday, a report …

Daily Star Egypt Staff