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What are the forces that underpin Al-Sisi’s management of the country?

  /  August 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

It is now clear, to all those concerned, that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi does not depend on political parties or forces in his administration of the country’s affairs. He has been clear and careful in read the rest…

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Tourism insights from around the world

  /  August 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Omar Khedr Changing perceptions and successfully rebounding an entire industry is generally a herculean challenge.  Representing approximately 6.5% of Egypt’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as being an important source of foreign read the rest…

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Use of barrel bombs in Syria and Iraq devastate civilians’ lives

  /  August 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala UN Security Council Resolution 2139 of 22 February 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the discriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas. In read the rest…

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Saudi efforts to professionalise football marred by politics

  /  August 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey   Efforts to professionalise football in Saudi Arabia in advance of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are marred by efforts to maintain political control of the game, a lack of read the rest…

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The ‘revolution’ continues: Massacres, violence and counting deaths

  /  August 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

“So when people ask me how I’m doing… how am I supposed to respond? How am I supposed to feel? What exactly am I supposed to tell them about? About the death that we saw read the rest…

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A stranger in the motherland

  /  August 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  6 Comments

By Amr Khalifa The Cairo sun beat down mercilessly upon landing at the airport; it would not compare to the emotional assault of a 40-day odyssey into the valley of the divided: Egypt. What made read the rest…

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Do Egyptian elites represent an asset or a burden to their country?

  /  August 10, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Mohammed Nosseir Elites are blessed! A tiny minority in any given society that enjoys great privileges associated with the amazing knowledge, personal status, social recognition and many other fortunate traits that they possess. But read the rest…

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As little like IS as possible

  /  August 9, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

A tiny, misunderstood, and often-persecuted community is facing a serious crisis in Iraq. The Yezidi, who practice an ancient monotheistic religion, face genocide as militants of the “Islamic State” (IS) have overrun Sinjar, the main read the rest…

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Peacemaking Egypt!

  /  August 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip, three notable spells of war have engulfed one of the most densely populated parts of the world. The latest of such outbreaks have been by far the read the rest…

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Migrants: A treasure for Egypt

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Omar Khedr For its 2014 forecasts, the World Bank predicts that Egypt’s economy will grow by 2.4% followed by a further 2.9% expansion in 2015. Endowed with a young population, Egypt has a strong read the rest…

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Egypt keeps changing suits – but its mindset remains intact

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt has not changed a bit! It claims to have gone through two revolutions in less than three years and it has managed to have four different rulers since Mubarak was toppled read the rest…

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When poetry mirrors war

  /  August 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Cesar Chelala I am returning home from a memorial to an old and dear friend, Marijke Velzeboer Salcedo. Marijke was a remarkable woman on many counts: a wonderful mother, wife and friend. She was read the rest…

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Close your eyes

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Wael Eskander A young black girl is raped and abused by two racist white men, who are then shot by the girl’s father during their trial. This is the premise of ‘A Time to read the rest…

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Misunderstanding Africa

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Robert Tashima   Gold, oil, timber, cocoa: these four words could sum up the essence of African economic development over the 20th century. Investors dug mines, brought in derricks, and chopped down trees, but read the rest…

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Qatar invests in Israeli football despite Gaza and war of words with Jerusalem

  /  August 2, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Qatar is emerging for the second time in a decade as the only Arab state without a peace treaty and diplomatic relations to have invested in Israel. Qatar’s latest investment in read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (Part 6)

  /  July 28, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Through the last five articles we noted what we call the characteristics of slums and determined that there are four main attributes of these neighbourhoods. The most important of these characteristics are that the residents read the rest…

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Money talks

  /  July 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Sing along: Money, money, money must be funny in the rich man’s world. Money, money, money: always sunny in the rich man’s world. ABBA’s chart-topper. Here’s the 64-million-dollar question: Where will the read the rest…

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The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East

  /  July 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

Dr Cesar Chelala Growing up in Tucuman, a town in the North of Argentina, I had the opportunity to see a small example of peaceful coexistence and collaboration between Arabs and Jews. I was reminded of read the rest…

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Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza – A never-ending déjà vu

  /  July 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Jonathan Moremi A few weeks ago I bought the book “The General’s Son” by Miko Peled, an Israeli. His father – Matti Peled – was one of the most respected Israeli Generals fighting in read the rest…

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The Gaza Diktat

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

The Versailles Treaty directly led to World War II. It came, infamously, to be known by the German side as the “Diktat”. It is an insidious notion in politics: the dictation of terms by one read the rest…

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How’d they do it?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Timothy Kaldas How’d they do it? How did Israel manage to bombard civilians with impunity and convince so many to stand silently by or even offer their endorsement and secure the support of many read the rest…

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Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?

  /  July 21, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini The new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout previous aggressions Israel read the rest…

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The betrayal of Dr Schweitzer

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr César Chelala I first learned of Dr Albert Schweitzer’s work when I was a medical student in the 1960s. During those years, the story of Schweitzer’s efforts to improve the health of Africans read the rest…

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Football pitches: An emerging battleground for control of Iraq

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Iraqi football pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled read the rest…

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Broke? Spend, spend, spend

  /  July 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he wills, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state of servant and not as master. read the rest…

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What are the socio-cultural dimensions behind the phenomenon of harassment? (5)

  /  July 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

Slums, according to our definition as outlined in the four previous articles, are characterised by a largely poor and marginalised population, a lack of services and the absence of prior planning. The neighbourhoods are often read the rest…

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The Un-united Arab Republic of Egypt

  /  July 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Amr Khalifa “United we stand, divided we fall,” a wise man once said. Apparently, Egyptians have not heard of the man – Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller. The tumult Egypt has experienced for the read the rest…

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In league with the people of Gaza

  /  July 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

In order to avoid history repeating and tragedy multiplying, Arab leaders should convene in Gaza to end the deadly confrontation there and to present creative solutions to the wider conflict.

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Gaza, the Gordian knot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

Gaza___ the formula of a quick fix and hope for the best has failed. The simple fact that the recent war in the Gaza strip is the third in six years is enough proof of the read the rest…

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Don’t shoot I hoot

  /  July 14, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Philip Whitfield Let’s remind ourselves of the central challenge Egypt faces: the population explosion and its consequences. We know Greater Cairo’s 22 million will be 40 million in 10 years. In 30 years Cairo’s population read the rest…

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