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Economic Summit: Egypt’s economy in dire straits

  /  March 1, 2015  /  Egypt Economic Development Conference, Opinion  /  No Comments

The touchstone here is what comes after the conference, especially in the nature of companies that can invest in a country like Egypt, one that is on the brink of a political explosion

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Egypt: A nation floating in greyness

  /  March 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Life has certainly always been full of many colours. Despite the recent attempt being made to use new, non-traditional colours that have never been used before, only two colours – black and read the rest…

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My Dog , My Religion and Me

  /  February 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Ahmed Tharwat The grisly video images showing the torture and killing of a dog propelled a hot debate on social media and outcries allover Egypt. The hashtag, #AlHaremStreetDog, was one of the biggest trending read the rest…

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Egyptian spectator ban: Flashpoint for conflict and statement of weakness

  /  February 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian cabinet decision to end the suspension of professional football in late March but reinstitute the ban on spectators attending matches could spark renewed clashes between militant fans and security forces. read the rest…

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Reefs are not just pretty, saving them pays off

  /  February 26, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  By Dr Bjørn Lomborg Biodiversity – the range of species we share our planet with – is important, but can we put a value on it? And can we estimate the benefits and costs read the rest…

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Libya: Armed chaos and dividing spheres of power

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Libya is witnessing armed chaos and division of regions as well as cities, while battles and conflicts are occurring between extremist militias and the Libyan army near Libyan cities. A lot of militias spread in read the rest…

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Prosperity amidst turmoil, Egypt sees some light

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Ahmed El-Wahsh With the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to the presidential palace, one of the key highlighted sectors that needed up turning and nutriment was Egypt’s economy. On 11 February, the International read the rest…

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Football racism highlights Europe’s struggle with transition and entrenched racism

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Recent football-related racism highlights European nations’ tortured transition from ethnically relatively homogeneous to multicultural immigration societies amid a resurgence of entrenched racial, including anti-Semitic, attitudes that flourish in times of economic read the rest…

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Notes from America: The accidental hero

  /  February 22, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Ahmed Tharwat In his book “Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era”, Joseph Nye of Harvard University divided American presidents into two groups. One is made up of “transformational” leaders – those read the rest…

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On Copts, Libya and nationalism

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Wael Eskandar One of the most astounding phenomena following the brutal slaying of 21 Copts, who had been kidnapped since December 2014, is the hyper-nationalistic reactions within Egyptian society. These reactions of immediate unquestioning read the rest…

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Whose lives matter in current day Egypt?

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Semanur Karaman On 9 February, in response to the deadly police violence that left 40 football fans killed and dozens murdered in Cairo, Shadi Zalat compared the price of a ticket to the price read the rest…

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We refuse to be enemies

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala I have just returned from a concert by Gabriel Meyer Halevy, an Argentine-Israeli musician. He is the son of Marshall Meyer, an American rabbi who lived in Argentina during that country’s “Dirty War” read the rest…

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Investing $1 in free contraception yields $40 globally

  /  February 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg There was a time when we worried about a “population explosion”, with ever more people fighting over ever fewer resources. Yet, the population growth has decreased since the late 1960s, and read the rest…

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Football deaths renew spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces

  /  February 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded football brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on read the rest…

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The Libyan Tango

  /  February 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

For a government that did virtually nothing for families of the slain Egyptians as they sought help, this is a golden opportunity to paint an image of a responsive regime

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UAE embarks on global campaign to market its brand of autocracy

  /  February 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions read the rest…

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Ungrievable deaths: The double standards of US media

  /  February 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Bradley Williams The United States is no stranger to lone-gunman shooting massacres. Happening once every two weeks, they rarely make headlines. The US media confronts them as if inclement weather or major traffic jams. read the rest…

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What do strategies fighting terrorism and extremism rely on?

  /  February 15, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In light of the strategy of fighting terrorism and extremism, regardless of whether you support or oppose this strategy, we all notice that terrorism is expanding. The strategy was widened to include not only armed read the rest…

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A word of advice to Al-Sisi: Prompt reform to prevent chaos

  /  February 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir President Al-Sisi ran a very successful election campaign, persuading millions of Egyptians to vote for him in order to save the country from the Muslim Brotherhood. So far, the president appears not read the rest…

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Notes from America; The killing of Muslims won’t be televised

  /  February 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat It’s so sad to hear people saying we should “Kill Jews” or “Kill Palestinians”. “As if that’s going to solve anything SMH (shaking My head)” tweeted Deah Barakat, a 23-year-old student who read the rest…

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Bilateral Agreements with Russia: Elimination of the US dollar

  /  February 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Ahmed M El-Wahsh In light of recent events and happenings across Cairo – from the Tahrir memorial to the deaths at the Air Defence Stadium and Vladimir Putin’s visit – Egypt faces an unsettling read the rest…

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Invest in better energy technology to fight climate change

  /  February 11, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Climate change has certainly received immense exposure among the most eminent issues of the 21st century so far. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon argues that it is “an existential challenge read the rest…

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Football deaths raise stakes for Egypt’s general-turned-president Al-Sisi

  /  February 9, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey The death of at least 40 militants, highly politicised, and street battle-hardened Egyptian football fans in clashes with security forces raises the stakes for General-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s efforts to suppress read the rest…

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Yellow card for Al-Sisi?

  /  February 9, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Amr Khalifa Over thirty Egyptians did not return home last night and Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Interior, shoulders responsibility. You can be certain the honorable minister is not the only party culpable in the read the rest…

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What are the existing strategies in the face of terrorism and extremism?

  /  February 8, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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Keen to project a progressive image, the UAE picks its battles

  /  February 8, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the United Arab Emirates carefully picks its battles. Participation in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq read the rest…

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​Notes from America: How American football…explains America

  /  February 7, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat Last Sunday, more than 140 million Americans congregated in living rooms, bars, restaurants to eat, drink and watch the Super Bowl XLIX  (49). This is the biggest sporting event of the year, with highest read the rest…

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Don’t fall for Nasrallah’s bluff

  /  February 6, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Nasrallah’s pompous speech rejecting the “rules of engagement” ignores the reality of Hezbollah’s difficult geo-strategic situation in Syria and the fear of a second front with Israel

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Free trade could make every Egyptian $897 richer yearly

  /  February 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Bjørn Lomborg With one simple policy – more free trade – we could make the world $500tr better off and lift 160m people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have read the rest…

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Satire and bullets

  /  February 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Odysseus Tsagarakis The recent massacre at Charlie Hebdo demonstrates, I think, that unrestrained freedom of expression can have disastrous consequences. Its cartoonists, as is well known, published offensive drawings of the Prophet Mohammad. In western read the rest…

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