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Exhibition gives attention to art of children’s book illustrations

Mashrabia gallery in Downtown Cairo is currently exhibiting Sahar Abdallah’s illustrations from her newly-released children’s book, A Picture and a Book. The gallery features the book’s illustrations in their full glory, accompanied with captions and descriptions. The book may be aimed at children, but the exhibition is for everyone. Abdallah studied at Helwan Univeristy and …

Daily News Egypt

From the other side: Amr Moussa stay at home

We do not mention his involvement in the crime. Nor do we mention his defence to the matter. We do not know of his opposition to an error. Nor do we not know of his political stance. He is Amr Moussa, the veteran diplomat with a long history of nearly 53 years of service in …

Gamal Eid

Egypt: authenticity, Islamists and liberals

Authenticity is a trait that almost all politicians like to claim one way or another. Whether it is an American presidential incumbent speaking of how he stands for real American values versus his opponent or here in Egypt where a liberal may speak of an Islamist’s lack of Egyptian authenticity by reasoning that Islamist ideas …

Mustafa Salama

Telecom Egypt employees sceptical of new appointment

Employees of Telecom Egypt have met the appointment of the company’s new non-executive chief officer, Omar El-Sheikh, with muted approval. “I am neutral towards the appointment but hopefully he might meet our expectations,” the president of Telecom Egypt independent workers syndicate, Mohammed Helmy, said. Omar El-Sheikh was public relations director at Vodafone Egypt, he has …

Hend El-Behary

Closing price mechanism to be launched Thursday

The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) will implement a new closing price mechanism on Thursday. Egypt’s financial watchdog, the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA), approved the new regulations for changing stocks’ closing prices, as suggested by EGX board of directors, on 28 August in an effort to impose more discipline over trading operations. The new regulations …

Islam Serour

Review: Columnists debate Al-Nour clashes, Constituent Assembly members and Sinai

Columnists explore the continuing internal dispute splitting the Salafi Al-Nour party. Others dedicate their columns to Sinai and the suggested idea of arming tribes to safeguard the peninsula. On another note, some commentaries have discussed the growing debate on the Constituent Assembly and its membership, focusing on the five members who resumed their roles within …

Daily News Egypt

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