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James M Dorsey

Egypt hopes soccer will help polish its tarnished image

An Egyptian businessman with close ties to general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has submitted a bid for the broadcasting rights of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a move that is widely seen as an effort to polish the image of Egypt, tarnished by massive abuse of human rights, failing economic policies, and a military …

James Dorsey

Volkswagen

Opinion: VW caught in the Dieselgate vortex

A year ago, Volkswagen had to admit it had rigged emissions in its diesel models in the US. Since then, the German carmaker has been fighting to win back lost confidence. A long road lies ahead, writes Henrik Böhme.

Deutsche Welle

Miguel final- OPINION

IT leaders: from operator to innovator

IBM is one of the oldest companies in the IT industry, and they have become pioneers in the field. As pioneers, they are always leading the market towards huge transformations and revolutionary trends. IBM will introduce a glimpse of the next transformational era: the cognitive era. Cognitive technology means the ability of IT infrastructure to …

Miguel Vega

James M Dorsey

Turkey’s travails: purges worsen Ankara’s democracy deficit

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds Fethullah Gulen, the self-exiled conservative leader of Hizmet, one of the world’s biggest Islamic movements, responsible for the attempt to overthrow his democratically elected government. Erdogan asserts that Gulen’s followers infiltrated the military, police, judiciary, bureaucracy, and education system as well as the media. In response, he has arrested …

James Dorsey

Ali Wali

A historic opportunity for Egypt with India and China

India learned its lesson from China, and knows that industrial development is the best way for India’s economy to grow. Prime minister of India Narendra Modi knows this very well. After he implemented this strategy in Gujarat, he ruled for 13 years and achieved a great deal of success. Therefore, after his appointment as prime …

Ali Waly

Wael Eskandar

Egypt digs itself back to 1977

Ahmed Kamal, a medical student, was arrested by police and delivered to his family the following day via the mortuary. Ahmed had been sentenced to two years in absentia and only recently arrested and killed by Egyptian police, possibly tortured to death. Sometime in the past this may have been breaking news, causing outrage in …

Wael Eskandar

Richard Banks

A vital autumn for Cairo’s policy-makers

  Egypt has recently been the subject of a number of deeply unflattering articles in the international business media.  Many criticisms have been levelled at the actions, and inaction, of Cairo’s economic policy-makers. These criticisms have not made many friends in Egypt—so I do not propose to repeat them. I also think that, like much …

Richard Banks

Hany Aboul Fotouh

Sanctions are what truly keep bankers awake at night

The pressing issues for banks today are many. Apart from known concerns like capital and figuring out how to comply with the requirements of Basel III, I see that the enforcement of sanctions and embargoes is the nightmare that is really keeping bankers awake at night. Let’s start with the obvious. Sanctions and embargoes are …

Hany Aboul Fotouh

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor

Saudi Arabia: a victim of hate campaigns

  Do not expect to hear a good word about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on any Western media outlet these days. There is growing evidence of an international campaign built on exaggerations to blacken the country’s reputation and undermine its regional leadership standing. This only serves as a gift to the Iranian media and …

Khalaf Al Habtoor

Bayern Munich

Opinion: Questionable attitude

There is no disgrace in losing to Bayern per se, but the way Bremen capitulated is unacceptable. DW’s Sarah Wiertz questions the attitude of many on the team and argues that they are missing a specific sort of player.

Deutsche Welle

Nebras Hameed

Part 1: TV news branding and the process of change

  The news ticker, or crawler as it is sometimes referred to, was first introduced in the United States on the NBC Today Show in 1952. After just a few months, the channel retired the idea. However, it eventually made a comeback. The news ticker was reintroduced in the 1980s on local TV news channels …

Nebras Hameed

Mohanad Elsangary

Egypt’s 21st century witch-hunts

Imagine this: you are sitting, sipping a cup of coffee in the morning and sifting through the pages of a literary weekly, Akhbar Al-Adab, and you happen upon this excerpt from a book. You read it and you are shocked. It has indecent sexual content and the characters are also smoking hashish! You can’t handle …

Mohanad Elsangary

Mohamed Aboul-Fotouh

The Mercedes story

This week has been full of contradictory talk around rumours that Mercedes-Benz Egypt is looking to exit the local market, what the dealership’s stance is on the matter, and whether it will choose to actually exit the market. Mercedes’ position is as it always has been. There have been assurances that Arab investors have already agreed …

Mohamed Aboul-Fotouh

James M Dorsey

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. “We take them to farms, or private homes. There we discuss and organise soccer games to bring them closer to us,” Abu Otaiba told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. Abu Otaiba …

James Dorsey

Mohammed Nosseir

Apart from state repression, why has democracy failed in Egypt?

­­­The only authentic attempt to establish democracy in Egypt—the revolt against Mubarak in 2011— was a complete failure. There is no doubt that Mubarak’s entourage played a major role in bringing Egypt back to square one. Nevertheless, Egyptian politicians and revolutionaries should admit that they too bear a large part of the responsibility; a proper …

Mohammed Nosseir

Ahmed-El-Goarany-e1467515865697

Suicide Squad marks the suicide of superhero movies

  Long gone are the days when Hollywood could produce a decent summer blockbuster that is not a superhero movie or part of a movie franchise. As of 2016, Marvel is the studio that currently dominates this field, with at least two wide releases every year for four years now. Since 2008, when Marvel decided …

Ahmed El Goarany

Mohanad Elsangary

‘Us’ v ‘them’

It has been just over three years since the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins. It has been over three years since one of the biggest state perpetrated and sanctioned massacres in modern human history, as described by Human Rights Watch, and unless you marked the day of the anniversary­—14 August—you probably haven’t …

Mohanad Elsangary