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A shrewd financial investor, Qatar boasts dismal return on investment in soft power

  /  May 27, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Widely viewed as a shrewd financial investor, Qatar’s return on investment in soft power designed to position it as a progressive ally of world powers in the hope that they will read the rest…

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A jihadi in the making

  /  May 26, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

We used to work together in the same company during the 25 January Revolution, a genius upper-middle class young man in his mid-twenties and I was his manager. We would run into each other in read the rest…

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Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

  /  May 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey After four years of engagement with its critics in a so-far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the read the rest…

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Smart Development Goals

  /  May 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Finn Kydland, Bjorn Lomborg, Tom Schelling and Nancy Stokey By September, the world’s 193 governments will meet in New York and agree on a set of ambitious, global targets for 2030. Over the next read the rest…

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Proper execution of the new visa-on-arrival system is important for Egyptian tourism

  /  May 24, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Thomas Doherty The good news is that tourism to Egypt has shown some growth this year, with an increase of 5.5% in January over the previous year, according to the government’s statistical bureau. This growth read the rest…

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‘Islamic State’ and the Popular Mobilisation militias’ confrontation in Ramadi

  /  May 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khaled Okasha Before dawn last Friday in Al-Anbar in Iraq, “Islamic State” (IS) took over the government complex in Ramadi, the capital of the province. In the meantime, news spread that the security forces read the rest…

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Haber’s messages prior to Al-Sisi’s visit to Germany

  /  May 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Emad El-Sayed “Al-Sisi’s visit to Germany will not be an easy one.” This was my impression after meeting with a journalist delegation and the German ambassador in Cairo, Hansjörg Haber. Haber sent direct messages to read the rest…

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Justice Minister Al-Zind: a perfect representation of the times

  /  May 20, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

“We [judges] are the masters and the rest are the slaves” is indeed the most memorable quote by Egypt’s new Justice Minister Ahmed Al-Zind, head of the Judges’ Club. The rest of this sentence as read the rest…

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Fighting non-communicable diseases could save 5 million lives

  /  May 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Bjørn Lomborg In rich countries, the biggest causes of death are strokes, heart attacks and cancer, accounting for more than two-thirds of all deaths. But for the poorer world, people often assume that read the rest…

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Investment and finance ministers should switch positions

  /  May 18, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Naguib Sawiris Many people, including traders, believe that the stock market is a place for venture and quick profit, not knowing that its real goal is to present investments for investment funds and individuals, read the rest…

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Notes from America: Muslims and Christians – At war in life, at peace in death

  /  May 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat Standing along with a few hundred Muslims at the Garden of Eden Islamic Cemetery located in a remote corner of a Christian cemetery in Burnsville, Minnesota, mourning the death of one of read the rest…

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Central Bank of Egypt leans on currency devaluation

  /  May 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Oxford Business Group A series of moves by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to devalue the pound and limit dollar activity are expected to help shore up foreign reserves and eliminate black-market currency read the rest…

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NBE aims for 10% growth in all bank indicators: Okasha

  /  May 16, 2015  /  Banking, Business, interviews  /  No Comments

Deposits portfolio at $11bn for foreign currencies by the end of March

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Should citizens stand up for their moral values or for their nations’ policies?

  /  May 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Nations do not only evolve through good governance, but also, and more importantly, by abiding with certain moral values advocated by their citizens. Moral values are the hidden qualities that influence the read the rest…

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Why Germany should pay war reparations to Greece

  /  May 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala In 1960, the then Federal Republic of Germany paid Greece DM115m on account of compensation for Nazi crimes. Greek governments stated that this was only a fraction of what is due on account of loss read the rest…

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Will the parliamentary elections be held?

  /  May 13, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Some people may not remember that the parliamentary elections were supposed to take place in October 2014, but were postponed more than once, and we are now in May 2015. The new promise is that read the rest…

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Boosting Arab Culture on YouTube

  /  May 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Diana Baddar, Head of YouTube Partnerships, Middle East and North Africa In recent years, YouTube has gone through a significant transformation. A large portion of native ‘YouTubers’ are growing up on the platform and read the rest…

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Remembering Camille Lepage: The lady with no redlines

  /  May 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Exactly one year ago, I tried to take a break from my intense news production life style and daily stress. I headed to Southern Spain, with the intention of staying for a couple of weeks read the rest…

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Abu Trika: Bridging Egyptian polarisation or signalling a shift in attitudes?

  /  May 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Few are able to bridge Egypt’s deeply polarising divide between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, following the 2013 military coup that toppled president Mohammed Morsi. Mohammed Abu Trika, Egypt’s read the rest…

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Egypt’s anti-democratic trajectory

  /  May 11, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Wael Eskandar What’s happening in Egypt now is beyond dangerous for those willing to think it through. At first glance, the overwhelming support for President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi caused observers to envisage a stable read the rest…

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Europe and those Arabs (5 of 5): The EU as a post-colonialist bank

  /  May 11, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Some of us might consider the acquittal of Mubarak, the failure of state-building in Libya, the civil war in Syria, the sectarian war in Yemen, or the international silence and approval of crushing protesters in read the rest…

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Notes from America: Why the West is fixated on Muslim women’s wardrobes

  /  May 10, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat Muslim women living in the West are attacked in the streets, supermarkets, buses, and football games, just for wearing the hijab. In France, Muslim students are denied education for wearing hijabs, last read the rest…

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Improved water and sanitation essential for global development

  /  May 9, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg There are plenty of things, which those of us lucky enough to live in the industrialised world take for granted; running water and flush toilets are among the most basic of these. read the rest…

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Yemen: In the name of Restoring ‘Hope’

  /  May 9, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Waleed R. Derhem It has been a month into the beginning of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, and yet the battle on the ground is not over. The coalition claims a win in achieving read the rest…

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Qatari promises of labour reform ring hollow amid revived corruption allegations

  /  May 6, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey A promise by Qatari Labour and Social Affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state’s controversial ‘kafala’, or labour sponsorship system, by the end of this year is read the rest…

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Hidden war on Mubarak’s state and Al-Sisi’s regime

  /  May 6, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Hussien Abd Rabu How did it feel to listen to former president Hosni Mubarak when he was congratulating the Egyptian people on Sinai Independence Day, and talking about his sacrifices to liberate the occupied read the rest…

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Copts in Egypt: How a Dutch newspaper got it terribly wrong

  /  May 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Johannes A. Makar Pope Tawadros II is currently touring the Netherlands on a five-day visit to the local Coptic community. But a leading Dutch newspaper questions whether he should have been granted access to read the rest…

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United Nations Security Council: A flash of accountability?

  /  May 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Some consider the sudden show of accountability in Egypt’s political sphere has been contrived as a one-off display to aid Egypt’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Amidst massive read the rest…

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Providing legal identity to all a great step for good governance

  /  May 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Corruption last year cost the world more than $1tr. That is $1tr we can’t use to get better health care, education, food and environment. A study shows that corruption in Egypt costs read the rest…

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Alleged AFC cover-up effort highlights Asian football’s lack of proper governance

  /  April 28, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey A senior executive of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) allegedly requested in 2012 at least one of his subordinates to tamper with or hide documents related to enquiries by independent auditors read the rest…

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