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Veiled newscasters on state TV

is the appearance of a veiled newscaster a step towards deepening democracy and ending the discriminations or is it a step towards discrimination against non-veiled women and perhaps even against those women who do not wear the niqab as well?

Farid Zahran

Mohammed Aly Ibrahim

Praying at gunpoint

By Mohammed Aly Ibrahim The fear of Friday 13th in western superstition as an unlucky day touched upon me as I was heading to perform my weekly prayer. Many Egyptians, myself included, think that the mosques of Prophet Muhammad’s ancestors here bestow endless blessings upon those who regularly visit such places of worship. The most …

Daily News Egypt

Review: columnists observe Morsy’s attitude, IMF loan, and Coptic community

Egyptian opinion writers have explored a variety of topics that relate to President Morsy’s surprising moves, starting from his first trip to Saudi, to his latest in Iran. Many columnists continue to dissect Egypt’s internal platform with regards to the growing fears of the Coptic community in the country. Others criticise the acceptance of the …

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Review: columnists condemn division of Liberal bloc

Major opinion pieces in Egyptian newspapers have debated a variety of topics that relate to Egyptian politics. Most importantly, most commentators have condemned the division and separation hitting the landscape of the secular power in Egypt. The success of the Muslim Brotherhood and the popularity of political Islam in Egypt has led many writers to …

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Review: Columnists debate emergency law, Coptic community and Tahrir Square

Across different Egyptian newspapers, columnists have tapped upon various issues that relate to Mohamed Morsy’s rule. Some writers have condemned the debate over female circumcision; others criticise proposals of the new Justice Minister to reinstate the long-lived emergency law. On another note, some commentators discussed how the deteriorating Tahrir Square is calling upon Egyptians to …

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Islamic Sukuk forecast to exponentially increase

The demand for Islamic Sukuk is expected to reach to $900 billion by 2017, according to Ernst & Young’s Global Islamic Banking of Excellence (GIBE) estimates. Ernst & Young’s GIBE reports that the forecasted exponential increase in demand for Sukuk stems from the growth of Islamic banking industry, and the increasing demand for financial tools …

Islam Serour

Shura council appoints new Supreme Council of the Press

The Shura Council ratified new members of the Supreme Council of the Press on Tuesday, according to state-owned MENA news agency. The new formation of the council includes the head of the Shura Council, Ahmed Fahmy, 16 senior staff editors of state-owned newspapers, and four chief editors of party-owned newspapers which are: Al-Wafd Party, the …

Rana Muhammad Taha

Where the shoe pinches

By Mohammed Ali Ibrahim the former editor in chief of both The Egyptian Gazette and Algoumhoria newspapers In 1928, Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al-Banna, adopted an approach to critics and skeptics which his followers and loyalists still adhere to today. His method was to shun reasonable argument or debate, opting instead for criticism and shouting …

Daily News Egypt

Okasha: a mere political amusement

The news that the trial of Tawfik Okasha, the controversial media figure and owner of Al Fara’een TV station, has been adjourned to 3 October tempts one to conjecture the initial reasons behind having a satellite channel as such. Particularly flourishing after the revolution, Okasha, who no one had ever heard about before, has suddenly …

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Review: Columnists touch upon state media and political participation

Egyptian commentaries have explored an assortment of subjects. Many have continued to analyze the rising wave of political Islam, whereas others have addressed the challenges facing Egypt’s state media and the lack of interest in active political participation.   Wael Kandil The legend of the last Minister of Media Al-Shorouk newspaper The status of Egypt’s …

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