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We are all Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh

  /  February 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Martyr Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh was not, of course, the first victim after 30 June. We do not know exactly how many innocent Egyptians have been killed since 30 June. By that, we mean unarmed and peaceful read the rest…

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United States: A tale of morals and cruelty

  /  February 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir There is no doubt that the United States of America is by far the most controversial nation among Arabs. Consecutive US Administrations have somehow managed to cultivate an intense love-hate relationship with read the rest…

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Sisi: Sinking Sinai

  /  February 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

If a shaken public – and rest assured, based on many indications, the public is both shaken and angry – is to trust that its leaders have a rational, well-constructed plan there must be both transparency and accountability

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Notes from America: Unlike the Egyptian sniper, ‘American Sniper’ is glorified

  /  January 31, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat A day before the fourth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, a 32- year -old mother, activist and poet Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh  carried a wreath of flowers and went to Tahrir Square to commemorate read the rest…

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Public health challenges in the Middle East

  /  January 31, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Despite modest growth and poverty reduction, some important gains in the health status of the population have been achieved in the Middle East, thanks to improvements in technology, health service delivery and read the rest…

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Violence against women and children costs Egypt $147bn yearly

  /  January 29, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Bjørn Lomborg Violence holds a huge cost for our world. Globally, the cost runs to more than 11% of the world’s GDP. But this is not mostly about the highly visible violence that dominates read the rest…

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The significance of Shaimaa’s death

  /  January 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar I’ve thought a lot about why the death of Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh has been more painful than many of the unjustified recent deaths we’ve encountered recently. It could be because she’s close to read the rest…

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Return on equity and bank profitability: Could this exercise help Egyptian economy?

  /  January 27, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed M El-Wahsh Return on Equity (RoE) is an internal performance measure of a bank’s profitability from the shareholder’s point of view, typically measured by the ‘Net Income’ per dollar of ‘Equity Capital’. It read the rest…

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Building the Arab knowledge economy

  /  January 27, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Omar Khedr Beginning on 28 January, Cairo will play host to publishers, authors, literary agents, as well as avid readers from around the world. Brought together by the Cairo International Book Fair, the oldest read the rest…

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Desalination and the solar solution

  /  January 26, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed S. Nada Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, the late Richard Smalley, once ranked the “top 10 problems of humanity for the next 50 years”. Interestingly, energy and water came in first and second on read the rest…

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AFC official ‘happy’ to bar women spectators from stadia

  /  January 26, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending football matches in stadia. In doing read the rest…

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Cleaner cooking, electricity can improve millions’ lives

  /  January 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Bjørn Lomborg Nutritious food, clean water and basic healthcare for all may be obvious high-priority targets for the international community, but we shouldn’t ignore energy. Reliable and affordable energy is as vital for read the rest…

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Notes from America: The day Egypt lost its virginity

  /  January 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat This is the story of Jihan and Rasha; two young activists whose lives were shattered forever. The story of the forced virginity test that was performed on young Egyptian women activists by read the rest…

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Police Day and human rights

  /  January 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

How can the January revolution die if its main cause still lives?

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Revolution Dishonoured

  /  January 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

To understand today’s pungent pain you must absorb the degree of yesterday’s hope

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In search of a new meaning for ‘homeland’

  /  January 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Emad El-Sayed For a while the idea of emigrating from Egypt was persistent, and quite recently I reconciled with the idea of starting again, in a new place in any field of work. You read the rest…

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Oil diminishes interest rates

  /  January 20, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed El-Wahsh Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) director, Hisham Ramez took the decision of unexpectedly cutting nationwide interest rates by 50 basis points on the inflation expectation. This decision was implemented due to the read the rest…

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Who supports terrorist forces in the ongoing wars?

  /  January 19, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

There is a war, or rather wars, taking place in the Middle East between political Islam and ruling regimes, and most observers note that on one side of these wars stands a group of states read the rest…

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The French role in the use and export of torture practices

  /  January 19, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala As the world is reacting with justified condemnation to the tragic events in Paris, the same condemnation should be extended to industrialised countries that have resorted to violence and torture in their read the rest…

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A Muslim perspective on Charlie Hebdo – a side war

  /  January 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

By Karim al-Andalusi Prophet Muhammad has been one of the top defenders of the freedom of speech, and from there we go. Is it worth it to take to the streets to fight a deep read the rest…

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Turkish football: Illiberal President Erdogan’s latest victim

  /  January 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant football fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself. In read the rest…

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Let’s not fool ourselves – The roots of terrorism extend beyond Islam

  /  January 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Mohammed Nosseir After committing their deadly crimes, terrorists often leave a message that Islam or the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) is the motive behind their crimes. Scholars logically follow this lead, digging deeper into the read the rest…

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Notes from America: Arab Americans, the new blacks

  /  January 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat The Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the overhyped anti terror rally that followed exposed the hypocrisy of the West’s secular free speech. It also started a debate about the future of Muslims read the rest…

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Education in Egypt hit harder by Arab Spring unrest

  /  January 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Mohamed Ibrahim Education in Egypt has been further dented by the unrest that has engulfed the country since the start of the Arab Spring in January 2011. The education process has been largely disrupted read the rest…

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Better data might cost huge chunk of global aid

  /  January 15, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Bjørn Lomborg While the world has generally seen success with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – half the proportion of hunger and poverty, get all kids into school and drastically reduce child mortality – read the rest…

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Iraq: A tale of two shocks

  /  January 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Masood Ahmed Iraq is facing a “double shock” from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgency and the global plunge in oil prices. While the new government led by Prime Minister read the rest…

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Deaths in Paris: Separating fact from fiction

  /  January 14, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, as well as two French police officers, have prompted analysts and the media to often jump to read the rest…

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The wrong uses of public health

  /  January 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala One of my most persistent memories of my friend Albert Sabin, who developed an oral vaccine against poliomyelitis (polio), was how, when we met after one of my health-related missions overseas, read the rest…

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Egypt’s year in review 2014

  /  January 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

With investor confidence growing, Egypt is looking forward to a sizeable boost to its economic performance in 2015. A peaceful conclusion to presidential elections in June, along with slowing inflationary pressures, a slew of crucial read the rest…

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Deaths in Paris: Refining the post-9/11 model

  /  January 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Just like Al-Qaeda’s audacious attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September 2001, the raid by suspected jihadist militants in Paris on read the rest…

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