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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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Al Saadi Al Gaddafi trial likely to shed light on dark history of Libyan football

  /  March 13, 2014  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By James M. Dorsey It was only a matter of time before Al Saadi Al Gaddafi, the notorious, football-obsessed third son of toppled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi would be extradited to Libya by Niger, read the rest…

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Islam and politics can’t go together

  /  March 9, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Moha Ennaji The last three or so decades have seen a spectacular rise of what came to be called “political Islam”: a complex but real category in political and social sciences. Whether espoused or read the rest…

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Fasting over fervour

  /  March 5, 2014  /  Culture, Opinion  /  3 Comments

I like the combination of piety and pragmatism, it is human and easier to relate to and tempers fervour with common sense

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Egyptian autocrats struggle with football’s political pros and cons

  /  February 27, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian government initiative to build more than a thousand new football pitches to “keep youth off the streets” against the backdrop of a rising number of clashes between fans and read the rest…

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Building a gateway to the future

  /  February 26, 2014  /  Opinion, Technology  /  6 Comments

By Sunil Veetil, Regional Head of Payments and Cash Management, HSBC Middle East and North Africa Many would argue that the 1970s was the decade of innovation. It was in these years that the world read the rest…

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The Conman’s paradise

  /  February 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

In the 1960’s, the Egyptian state newspaper Al-Ahram was filled with headlines about the amazing scientific breakthroughs of the Egyptian military. One such headline celebrated the invention of the first “Arab-made” airplane – one that read the rest…

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What do malware and mosquitoes have in common? More than you might think.

  /  February 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Anthony Perridge Malware seems to be everywhere and it’s incredibly challenging to combat. It can take many forms and is increasingly resistant to traditional approaches to detect and stop. Instead of relying on a read the rest…

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The nature of trekking in the Sinai Mountains

  /  February 19, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

    By Ahmed Shams, PhD Changing weather and long treks “The sun had been shining as if [it was] summertime; it turned hot! We decided to follow Wadi Thabt, Wadi Qasuriya, the Wadi Junction, read the rest…

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“Let them eat cake”

  /  February 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” or “let them eat cake,” as the traditional translation of this French phrase goes, is a timeless symbol of leaders that are out of touch with the realities and struggles read the rest…

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Al-Sisi’s choice

  /  February 16, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has exactly the same reason to run and not run for Egypt’s president: he could win

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Op-ed Review: Adly Mansour and social justice

  /  January 20, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

The interim president’s future Abdallah Al-Sinawy Al-Shorouk Newspaper Al-Sinawy begins his article by explaining that Adly Mansour did not expect his current position as interim president. “He had not even officially accepted his position as read the rest…

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For CyberSecurity Professionals, is the Concept of “Control” a Pipe Dream?

  /  January 16, 2014  /  Opinion, Technology  /  No Comments

In fact, new research from IDC Government Insights finds that overall IT security spending by the US Federal government will rise from $5.9bn in 2012 to over $7.3bn in 2017.

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Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

  /  January 9, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, read the rest…

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Gulf states draw sharpening criticism from trade unions and human rights groups

  /  January 2, 2014  /  Opinion, Sports  /  1 Comment

With major events and developments looming, conditions in the Gulf states will be illuminated under the international spotlight

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A Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolution: Simplify Security

  /  January 1, 2014  /  Technology  /  2 Comments

Cybersecurity is becoming so complicated that you could argue that complexity is one of our biggest security challenges

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‘Tis the season for predictions…..

  /  December 26, 2013  /  Opinion, Technology  /  1 Comment

As the new year approaches, consumers are bombarded by predictions from companies, analysts and opinion leaders on the newest trends

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The Weak State

  /  December 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

As the months have trudged by since 30 June, there has been a myriad of talk in the media regarding the creation of the new Egyptian state. The 3 July press conference, showing Al-Sisi with read the rest…

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Iran’s government should stop human rights abuses

  /  December 23, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr. Cesar Chelala The election of Hassan Rouhani’s as Iran’s President seemed to signal a dramatic change in policies regarding the previous government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, while portraying an image of moderation overseas, serious read the rest…

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Netanyahu’s true colours

  /  December 14, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Dr. Cesar Chelala As 91 world leaders gathered in Soweto to pay homage to Nelson Mandela there was one notable absence: Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu cited the high cost of his presence in South Africa to explain his absence. read the rest…

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Eritrea’s botched kick-off – Football players defect

  /  December 12, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jonathan Moremi Once more it is not going well for the oppressive regime of Eritrean’s President Isaias Afewerki. Desperately trying to find some honour abroad, at least in the field of sports, something keeps read the rest…

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Qatar launches politically sensitive survey into low football match attendance

  /  December 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

By James M. Dorsey Qatari authorities, in a bid to counter criticism that the Gulf state lacks a football culture as well as a sense that low attendance of matches could constitute a form of read the rest…

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Interests

  /  December 2, 2013  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

Our dear military, we have a problem, and one that needs to be addressed immediately. We seem to have conflicting interests, and I fear that those interests, or rather your interests, will destroy this country read the rest…

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Palestine, Israel and The Jewish State

  /  December 1, 2013  /  Opinion  /  2 Comments

By: Fadi Elhusseini While analyses have abounded examining the details of the “secret” talks and evaluating the positions of the negotiating parties in the Middle East peace process, prominent Israeli writers have intensified their efforts, read the rest…

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Two NGOs condemn renewed detention for university student

  /  November 26, 2013  /  Egypt, Politics  /  No Comments

Student is being investigated for contempt of religion

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Saudi survey: Majority of Saudis favour women’s right to sports

  /  November 21, 2013  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By James M. Dorsey A vast majority of Saudis favour women having the right to fully engage in sports in a country that has no official facilities for female athletes or physical education programmes for read the rest…

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Beyond Definitions

  /  November 18, 2013  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Friday, I was having breakfast with a young and brilliant economist, who is a friend of mine. I asked for her opinion on how Egypt is read the rest…

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