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Islamists to meet with Saleh to discuss Sukuk Law

Members of prominent Islamist parties are set to meet with Minister of Investment Ossama Saleh next Monday to discuss the possibility of introducing Islamic debt guidelines. “This meeting is mainly to coordinate between political parties and the government to come up with a coherent legal framework in order to issue sukuk [Islamic bonds] in Egypt,” …

Islam Serour

New in the cinema

If this movie lures you with the flashy name of director Oliver Stone, the eye candy that is Salma Hayek and annoying-mouth-movements lady aka Blake Lively, or if you maybe you have a thing for veteran bad guys like John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro, you are in for a disappointment.

Salma Hamed

Street festival promotes peace in Dokki

Friday was the second edition of the free festival and around 700 people attended. The event’s activities started at 4pm and included graffiti workshops, drawing on the street, the walls and the ground. Several organisations set up booths to advertise or sell their ideas or products and on the stage bands competed for the “Best Band” prize.

Nouran El-Behairy

Scratching the surface of the financial crisis

For several weeks now, state-run media has been depicting a somewhat rosy outlook on the economy. Government officials are downplaying the gravity of issues; prominent figures such as Hassan Malek spew comforting statements,citing the pending influx of foreign investment and loans from international financial lenders and governments. The IMF loan , which would shore-up the …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Orientalist Democracy

The “Orientalist” dimension makes the Western outlook of the democratic process in Egypt prisoner to a one-sided vision

Ziad A. Akl

Review: Al-Nour’s inner conflict

Egyptian columnists have recently been inundating their readers with analyses of the root causes of internal clashes hitting the infrastructure of the salafist Al-Nour party. Some have put the blame on the party’s lack of experience in the political arena. Other writers explore the recent developments taking place in Sinai, especially in Rafah, where Christian …

Daily News Egypt

Arish women protest death penalty imposed on husbands

 By Nasser Elazazy Dozens of women and their children continued protesting Saturday in front of Al-Refai mosque against the death penalty verdict imposed their husbands and fathers. The 14 men, members of the radical Tawheed and jihad group, were sentenced to death Monday by Ismailia’s criminal court. The sentenced men included eight members who escaped …

Daily News Egypt

US halts aid to Egypt

A United States Republican congresswoman blocked the planned cash transfer of $450 million to the Egyptian government On Friday. Texas congresswoman Kay Granger, who heads the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released a statement that read, “this proposal comes to Congress at a point when the US-Egypt relationship has never been under more …

Connor Molloy

Shahira Amin

Bar for free expression still low in ‘new’ Egypt

In March 2011, blogger Maikel Nabil became the first prisoner of conscience in Egypt, post-revolution. He was arrested and detained on charges of spreading rumours about the armed forces and criticising the military in his blog posts. Nabil was tried in a military court and sentenced to three years in prison, but was released after …

Shahira Amin

The cult of personality

A perfect example is Mona Eltahawy who was arrested in New York City a few days ago. In a carefully colour-coordinated attack of spray paint and raincoat on an offensive ad in the city’s subway, Eltahawy professed to be exercising her freedom of speech.

Adel Heine

Black Lips and Lazzy Lung rock out in Cairo

Their set was very well received by the crowd at Cairo Jazz, who may have gotten a little bit too rowdy towards the end, staying true to punk standards. The band sounded great but some of the subtleties of their music got lost in the venue’s acoustics and sometimes instrument separation was a lost cause.

Daily News Egypt