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Hijab fashion in Egypt: a classical wrap or a trendy “Spanish”?

The hijab fashion in Egypt has been changing rapidly over the last ten years. Although the Spanish style veil has emerged five years ago, a newer and faster “Spanish” is getting simpler and looser now. Some argue that the traditional hijab, despite the new florescent colours, will soon fade out in Egypt.

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Foreign maids: a flourishing new market in Egypt

Every month, hundreds of immigrants, whether Nigerians, Indonesians or Filipinos, arrive in Cairo seeking employment as cleaners and babysitters. More and more families are hiring foreigners rather than Egyptians as maids despite the higher financial cost. Daily News Egypt explores the burgeoning community of foreign maids in the country and also seeks out the fate of traditional Egyptian housemaids vis-a-vis the new configuration of domestic help within Egypt.

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Liver transplants: Driven by desperation

In Egypt, the chronic liver disease Hepatitis C is a major concern in medical circles. Specialists are recording an increasing rate of infection in the country, and liver transplants are sometimes the only solution. However, it can be extremely difficult to find liver donors in Egypt.

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Abortion in Egypt: Whose choice?

There are few options for women in Egypt who choose to undergo an abortion. Financial constraints, social stigmas, the issue of morality and “unavailable” over-the-counter medication have forced a vast number of women into backstreet abortions. Daily News Egypt explores how social, cultural and religious ideals restrict a woman’s right to choose what is best for her.

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Review: Commentaries continue to watch Mubarak’s trial

Mubarak’s healthy condition and wide smile continued to attract attention from the Egyptian writers in major newspapers. Other commentators called upon the youth to unify their efforts to achieve the objectives of the 2011 revolution Abdel Hakim Al-Shami Search for the new-look Freedom and Justice Newspaper Al-Shami recalls the recent scene of ousted president Mubarak …

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Review: Op-Eds debate Mubarak’s court session

After ousted President Mubarak appeared smiling and waving behind the bars, more than one writer has explored the court rulings and the possibility of a counter-revolution. Several commentators believe that those supportive of the 25 January revolution were busy with minor cases and were not concerned with the death of protesters. Mubarak has ended and …

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Review: Columnists analyse Mubarak’s smile behind the bars

In the occasion of ousted President Mubarak’s retrial, op-ed pages dissect how he appeared waving to the people in the courthouse as if no revolution has occurred. How will the country be administrated in the coming six months? Hassan Nafaa Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper After President Mohamed Morsi’s statements about the probability of holding parliamentary elections …

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Columnists debate sectarian tensions in Egypt

After the recent incidents in front of St. Mark’s Cathedral, writers in major Egyptian newspapers have explored the issue of sectarian strife in the country, believing that the extremism spreading across Egypt is the primary cause of the sectarian violence. The road to fascism Mohamed Abul Ghar Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Abul Ghar condemns the recent …

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Review: April 6 celebration and Iranian tourists

Commentators in major Egyptian newspapers have discussed the celebration of the sixth anniversary of the April 6 Youth Movement and the potential for establishing its own political party. Meanwhile, some writers continued to condemn the negative reaction of the Salafis in Egypt after the recent visits of Iranian tourists to Luxor.   Mohamed Salmawi The …

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Belly Dance in Egypt

Belly dancing is one of the most fascinating styles of dance in Egypt. Cairo is known as the global capital of belly dancing. Following the increasing appearance of foreign belly dancers in Egypt’s nightclubs and casinos, the Daily News Egypt looks at the belly dancing industry in Egypt and learns about the different techniques and styles of belly dancing. Considering the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in Egyptian politics, some are concerned that belly dancing might become more restricted in Egypt. Belly dancers, though, have faith that their profession will continue to grow.

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Review: Bassem Youssef’s interrogation and Al-Azhar University incident occupy writer’s attentions

Columnists in major Egyptian newspapers discuss the recent summoning for questioning of satrist Bassef Youssef and the fierce attack of Islamists on prominent artists and comedians. Also occupying the column inches was the food poisoning debacle at Al-Azhar University, which ended with the dismissal of the university’s president. Writers argue that the poisoning of more …

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Educating with a broomstick

Officials claim incidents of violence against students are ‘minor’, while some parents support ‘harmless’ beatings to keep the kids under control

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