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Erdogan chooses football for first-post election strike against Islamist opponents

  /  April 17, 2014  /  Opinion, Sports  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan, fresh from a resounding victory in municipal elections, has chosen the football pitch to make good on his promise to “enter the lair” of his Islamist read the rest…

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War breaks out

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Philip Whitfield Before conniptions consume, inhale the acronyms. FAG: (For/Against Government), IMP: the British Imperial Tobacco Group the world’s fourth-largest ciggie peddler flogging 320bn cigarettes a year (Davidoff in Egypt) after PMI: Philip Morris read the rest…

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Rising from the ashes

  /  April 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda makes huge development strides

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The Brotherhood and Britain: The ‘terrorists or us’ theory

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

The British decision to launch an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood and its alleged links with radical militancy has sparked widespread controversy. Many people are justifiably surprised by the sudden decision and the possibility that it is read the rest…

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Bubble wrapped flats

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Should investors in the east care about a potential housing bubble in the west?

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Revolution-proofing

  /  April 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

As demonstrated on Thursday, when some protesters held a rally downtown demonstrating against the Protest Law and demanding the release of prominent activists, we are looking at a country which is becoming starkly different from read the rest…

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Without political support? (Part two)

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

In the previous article, I highlighted the importance of belonging to a political party or movement when it comes to presidential candidates. The presidential candidate that emerges from a party has a certain framework within read the rest…

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Athletes and artists show Gaza still occupied

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

Recent cases involving athletes and musicians show how much Gaza is still under Israeli occupation By Hussein Ibish, Now I recently participated in a debate in New York City where two noted American pro-Israel advocates, read the rest…

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The case for Donald Rumsfeld’s prosecution

  /  April 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala I have just finished watching the film “The Unknown Known” by Errol Morris, which is a long interview with Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defence during the Iraq war, and cannot read the rest…

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The Rise of the Minnows

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Opinion, Sports  /  2 Comments

Egyptian football has been deeply affected by the political and social events that stormed the country since the 25 January 2011 Revolution, especially by the Port Said massacre, which occurred on 1 February 2012, where read the rest…

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Controversial football club chief declares candidacy in Egypt’s presidential election

  /  April 9, 2014  /  Opinion, Sports  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian football is adding salt to the run-up to presidential elections that are certain to be won by the country’s strongman, newly retired general Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, with the announcement of read the rest…

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Running for sexism

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Running has long been used to promote causes; fighting cancer, eradicating poverty, promoting literacy among other worthy endeavours. It has been used by men to spread awareness, including women’s rights. In Europe, the well-known “walk read the rest…

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Whither Egypt’s miligarchy?

  /  April 8, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Mohamed Selim On 3 July 2013, as then General, now Field Marshal, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, millions of Egyptians cheered, while others jeered, as they received that read the rest…

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Without political support? (Part One)

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

There are many questions concerning running for presidency and whether it is possible to do such a thing without political backing or support. For instance, can a real campaign be created and run without political read the rest…

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A predictable summer

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Last month we spoke about the challenges facing the new Egyptian government. At the time of his appointment, Mr Mehleb proclaimed that his two main objectives were to wipe out militant violence and improve the read the rest…

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Sisi’s covert clues

  /  April 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Philip Whitfield Gettysburg 1863: Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Ashen, sick as a dog, Abraham Lincoln barely lasted another 15 months on earth. The wireman was away supping. Missed read the rest…

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Diables Rouges

  /  April 3, 2014  /  Opinion, Sports  /  2 Comments

World football fans are familiar with the names of Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini, Vincent Kompany, Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet. Wwhat gathers this set of quality footballers are their Belgian passports. read the rest…

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What am I going to tell my reporters?

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Nine months ago, last July, when the army backed the people who took to the streets on 30 June and Al Sisi came out in all his glory reading the armed forces statement which included read the rest…

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Whose economic president?

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The opportunity for presidential hopefuls to announce their intentions is now. So far, two have made themselves known, former Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahy. Perhaps others will announce their read the rest…

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Why the AIDS cure matters

  /  April 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Wael Eskandar The military has sent mixed messages about its miracle cure that allegedly cures both AIDS and hepatitis C. On the one hand, news published by Al-Watan highlights that former defence minister Abdel read the rest…

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Are there serious doubts regarding the integrity of presidential elections?

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Some friends and relatives are surprised at those who question the integrity of the coming elections and wonder why they keep raising doubts concerning their democracy. And if so, what is the available evidence that read the rest…

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Egypt’s judges may be independent, but many are following the regime’s political agenda

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Nour Bakr The sentencing of 529 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters to death this week provoked almost universal outrage at the large-scale, and procedurally inept manner through which it was applied. Whilst many read the rest…

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Then and Now

  /  March 29, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

I am always intrigued by the dizzying changes that have enveloped Egypt in the past year. What I find to be most amusing is how certain positions have totally gone from one extreme to the read the rest…

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Breaking the web: Data localisation vs. the open internet

  /  March 27, 2014  /  Opinion, Technology  /  3 Comments

Governments argue that by keeping data at home, they are improving the privacy and security of their citizens.

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The death of duality

  /  March 26, 2014  /  Culture, Opinion  /  3 Comments

While the opinion of others used to be important these days nobody seems to care

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Does Egypt need to use more muscles or more brain?

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt is certainly facing a political crisis. Whether you perceive 30 June to be a revolution or a coup, its consequences have, undeniably, driven the country in an unpleasant direction. The nation read the rest…

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UN rapporteur accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing‘

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala Richard Falk, United Nations rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories accused Israel last week of “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians. Speaking at a press conference, he said that Israeli policies bore “unacceptable characteristics read the rest…

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Op-ed review: A citizen, a writer and a politician

  /  March 23, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Ezzedin Choukri Fishere Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper Writer Ezzedin Choukri Fishere begins his article by explaining what it means to be a free citizen. “A free citizen does what he likes. He can boycott read the rest…

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From sexual harassment to sexual liberation

  /  March 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

At the heart of Egypt’s sexual harassment epidemic lies an out-of-date and unrealistic ideal of the “real” man and the “honourable” woman

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Sierra Leone: Nursing agriculture back to health

  /  March 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Kingsley Ighobor and Ernest Harsch Sierra Leoneans love to eat rice. For them, rice is the food to live on. “It doesn’t matter what other food they eat, they must eat rice at least read the rest…

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