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Reefs are not just pretty, saving them pays off

  /  February 26, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

  By Dr Bjørn Lomborg Biodiversity – the range of species we share our planet with – is important, but can we put a value on it? And can we estimate the benefits and costs read the rest…

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Libya: Armed chaos and dividing spheres of power

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Libya is witnessing armed chaos and division of regions as well as cities, while battles and conflicts are occurring between extremist militias and the Libyan army near Libyan cities. A lot of militias spread in read the rest…

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Prosperity amidst turmoil, Egypt sees some light

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Ahmed El-Wahsh With the inauguration of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to the presidential palace, one of the key highlighted sectors that needed up turning and nutriment was Egypt’s economy. On 11 February, the International read the rest…

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Football racism highlights Europe’s struggle with transition and entrenched racism

  /  February 23, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Recent football-related racism highlights European nations’ tortured transition from ethnically relatively homogeneous to multicultural immigration societies amid a resurgence of entrenched racial, including anti-Semitic, attitudes that flourish in times of economic read the rest…

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On Copts, Libya and nationalism

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

By Wael Eskandar One of the most astounding phenomena following the brutal slaying of 21 Copts, who had been kidnapped since December 2014, is the hyper-nationalistic reactions within Egyptian society. These reactions of immediate unquestioning read the rest…

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Whose lives matter in current day Egypt?

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Semanur Karaman On 9 February, in response to the deadly police violence that left 40 football fans killed and dozens murdered in Cairo, Shadi Zalat compared the price of a ticket to the price read the rest…

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We refuse to be enemies

  /  February 21, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr Cesar Chelala I have just returned from a concert by Gabriel Meyer Halevy, an Argentine-Israeli musician. He is the son of Marshall Meyer, an American rabbi who lived in Argentina during that country’s “Dirty War” read the rest…

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Football deaths renew spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces

  /  February 17, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded football brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on read the rest…

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UAE embarks on global campaign to market its brand of autocracy

  /  February 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions read the rest…

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Ungrievable deaths: The double standards of US media

  /  February 16, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Bradley Williams The United States is no stranger to lone-gunman shooting massacres. Happening once every two weeks, they rarely make headlines. The US media confronts them as if inclement weather or major traffic jams. read the rest…

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What do strategies fighting terrorism and extremism rely on?

  /  February 15, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

In light of the strategy of fighting terrorism and extremism, regardless of whether you support or oppose this strategy, we all notice that terrorism is expanding. The strategy was widened to include not only armed read the rest…

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Bilateral Agreements with Russia: Elimination of the US dollar

  /  February 12, 2015  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Ahmed M El-Wahsh In light of recent events and happenings across Cairo – from the Tahrir memorial to the deaths at the Air Defence Stadium and Vladimir Putin’s visit – Egypt faces an unsettling read the rest…

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Invest in better energy technology to fight climate change

  /  February 11, 2015  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Climate change has certainly received immense exposure among the most eminent issues of the 21st century so far. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon argues that it is “an existential challenge read the rest…

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Football deaths raise stakes for Egypt’s general-turned-president Al-Sisi

  /  February 9, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey The death of at least 40 militants, highly politicised, and street battle-hardened Egyptian football fans in clashes with security forces raises the stakes for General-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s efforts to suppress read the rest…

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Keen to project a progressive image, the UAE picks its battles

  /  February 8, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the United Arab Emirates carefully picks its battles. Participation in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq read the rest…

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​Notes from America: How American football…explains America

  /  February 7, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Ahmed Tharwat Last Sunday, more than 140 million Americans congregated in living rooms, bars, restaurants to eat, drink and watch the Super Bowl XLIX  (49). This is the biggest sporting event of the year, with highest read the rest…

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Free trade could make every Egyptian $897 richer yearly

  /  February 5, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Bjørn Lomborg With one simple policy – more free trade – we could make the world $500tr better off and lift 160m people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have read the rest…

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Qatar asks for time to implement labour reforms

  /  February 4, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey Qatari sports executives, in a bid to refute calls for depriving Qatar of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights, have asked their human rights and trade union critics as well as read the rest…

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LNG: The way forward

  /  February 2, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Ahmed M El-Wahsh Euro-commodity brokers earned a large share of meticulously watched endeavours to source Egypt with approximately $2bn worth of liquefied natural gas [LNG] as they exert great efforts to develop into a read the rest…

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Egypt appoints controversial UAE hired gun as elections monitor

  /  February 2, 2015  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed, human rights read the rest…

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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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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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