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Google ‘Palestine’ page draws Israeli ire

  /  May 8, 2013  /  Technology  /  No Comments

Internet giant now uses ‘Palestine’ instead of ‘Palestinian Territories’ on product pages such as flagship search engine and Google Maps

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Proposed EFG Hermes-QInvest partnership terminated

  /  May 1, 2013  /  Business, Economy  /  No Comments

All necessary regulatory approval gained before termination date of 4 May, except EFSAs

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Obsessive-compulsive morality disorder

  /  April 28, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

On Friday, Islamists surrounded the St George church in Beni Suef demanding the return of a 21 year-old Muslim woman whom they alleged was kidnapped and converted last November by the church in order to read the rest…

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Apple profits fall for first time since 2003

  /  April 24, 2013  /  Technology  /  No Comments

Revenues still beat estimates, iPad units sold jump 65% year-on-year

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The Protocols of the Elders of Moqattam

  /  April 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

The dust had barely settled in Boston last week when, like virulent microorganisms, conspiracy theories began to multiply exponentially on cyberspace in an attempt to ascertain who was responsible for the bombings—and, in keeping with read the rest…

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The others

  /  April 15, 2013  /  Opinion  /  103 Comments

Two events have prompted this week’s column: the unprecedented attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral last week, and my recently watching  the Jews of Egypt documentary. Both got me thinking about the concept of “the other”. read the rest…

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Desert Island Discs – Dos

  /  April 8, 2013  /  Opinion  /  81 Comments

First of all, a big thank you to this week’s guest contributors who sent in their Desert Island Discs, and who impressed me with their ability to actually come up with a list—I’m still having read the rest…

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Desert Island Discs – Uno

  /  April 1, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

The BBC’s Radio 4 airs a wonderful programme every week called Desert Island Discs, now the UK’s longest-running radio show. Each week a famous or celebrated person is a guest on the programme and is read the rest…

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That’s not your mother, it’s a MAN, baby!

  /  March 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

(Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, in case you’re wondering about the title.) In our patriarchal, unfortunately chauvinistic, society, many of the words or phrases used to denote positive qualities have a distinctly male flavour: read the rest…

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The wall of rejected classics

  /  March 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

I love The Shining. I’ve probably seen it more times than any other film. Watching Jack Nicholson go totally unheimlich and attempt to murder his family in an eerie, empty hotel in the middle of read the rest…

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Rape, burn and pillage

  /  March 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Violence. Sheer, unadulterated brute force. From the Ultras, to the Brotherhood’s ‘militias’ (can you believe that our president is a member of a group that has ‘militias’? Doesn’t that sound utterly ludicrous; does it not read the rest…

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Under pressure

  /  March 3, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Working at a newspaper is tough stuff. I’ve likened it somewhat to the songs on Nirvana’s Nevermind album. The day starts off quietly and melodiously as I saunter into the office, everything strumming along nicely read the rest…

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Quo vadis, baby?

  /  February 24, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

When I was but a wee lad, I spent my summers in Alexandria, and most of that time at the Alexandria Sporting Club (women’s and men’s basketball champions of Egypt, incidentally). Back then I was read the rest…

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Riding the revolution

  /  February 17, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Ever since reading Khaled Al Khamissi’s Taxi a few years ago, I’ve been striking up conversations with taxi drivers in Egypt at almost any chance I get. One of my cousins, also a fan of the book, read the rest…

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The (not so) curious case of the prime minister and the dirty breasts

  /  February 10, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

“Giant breasts full of milk… I want clouds, damn it!” During a memorable scene from Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, Hughes, played by Leonardo Di Caprio, asks Professor Fitz, a meteorologist he has read the rest…

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Tahrir Square protests

  /  February 8, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Revolutionary groups and others flock to Tahrir Square on the ‘Friday of dignity or departure’, clashes reported near presidential palace

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‘Our blood is one’: Egypt set for week-long protests

  /  February 7, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Revolutionary and political groups announce a series of marches and protests to remember those killed during recent violence and the 25 January revolution

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