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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paris operation: Questioning the future of security

  /  January 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Khaled Okasha Was the attack on Charlie Hebdo in the French capital just a coincidence? Or was it a plan to threaten anyone who mocks Islam? According to eyewitnesses of the attack, while firing read the rest…

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Stuck between Audacity and Hypocrisy

  /  January 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Nesreen Salem From a Western perspective, one can see why it is convenient to propagate the Charlie Hebdo massacre as a direct attack on their way of life, on the values they perceive their read the rest…

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A vote for Prince Ali is a likely vote for change – and for challenge

  /  January 7, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s announcement that he will challenge the world football body’s four-time president Sepp Blatter in elections later this year has definitively turned the poll into read the rest…

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Freedom matters – even in a poor and uninformed nation

  /  January 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Mohammed Nosseir Freedom is, and will continue to be, the most important attribute not only of genuinely democratic nations, but also of a people’s development and progress. Freedom is a gift from God that people read the rest…

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What about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians? (3)

  /  January 4, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Leaders of the 1952 family start taking power through alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Naguib, Nasser and El-Sadat did this. Finally, the Supreme Council – Al-Sisi followed. Even Mubarak, who began to clash with political read the rest…

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Once again, what about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians?

  /  January 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

A week after dissolving political parties, particularly on 16 January 1953, Abdel Nasser announced the establishment of the “Freedom Authority”, making it a direct subsidiary of the ruling “revolution council” at the time. It was read the rest…

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Setting benchmark in battle for statehood: Palestine in Asian Cup

  /  January 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars, who see football as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood, with its qualification for read the rest…

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Challenges of providing water in Africa

  /  January 3, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr Cesar Chelala One of the most notable changes in modern times is the rapid urbanisation of our planet, which began in the 19th century. While in 1950, 29% of the global population lived read the rest…

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Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

  /  January 1, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey 2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns, but fall short of read the rest…

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Gulf-Iranian proxy war spills onto football pitch

  /  December 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the football pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against read the rest…

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Is there a peace partner in Israel?

  /  December 22, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Fadi Elhusseini The Palestinian-Israeli peace process has again ground to a halt, and each party blames the other for this unfortunate failure. Israeli officials repeat continuously that there is no Palestinian peace partner, and read the rest…

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