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Review: Sinai, Morsy’s independence and liberal powers

Although President Morsy has commenced his first trip to China, which will be followed by a unique trip to Iran, most columnists across Egyptian newspapers have not touched upon the presidential trips. Opinion writers commented on the importance of Morsy’s independence from his Islamist group and some have warned against possible occurrences of violence and …

Daily News Egypt

Internal Memo 21581-2012

The army is one of the country’s largest and richest business empires and it is too integral to our economic interests to have it ran this way

Mahmoud Salem

Opinion pages kept busy with 24 August protests and Morsy’s visit to Iran

As three days passed after the 24 August anti-Morsy protests were organised, columnists have continued to analyse the repercussions of the demonstrations. Some writers condemned the entire notion, while highlighting angles and reasons of failure, others praised the move describing it as one of the first successful trials of democracy and one of the most …

Daily News Egypt

The Heavy Stick of Democracy

By Mohaammed Aly Ibrahim, former editor of the Egyptian Gazette and AlGoumhoria newspapers For decades Egyptians were kept on a tight rein. Our leaders used “democracy” as chewing gum before TV cameras then threw it away upon leaving interviews or press conferences. Either in dictatorship or in the incumbent so-called democracy, the concept of people’s …

Daily News Egypt

Columnists continue dissecting 24 August protests

After anti-Muslim Brotherhood protests gained public and political attention on 24 August, columnists in several Egyptian newspapers examined the primary reasons behind the demonstrations. Many supported the idea and condemned assaults against protesters, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of being intolerant of opposition and criticism. Others took the time to consider the protester’s demands, rather than …

Daily News Egypt

A useful idiot

  Egyptian political theatre never fails to entertain, and its latest clowns and the sheer absurdity of their demands made for quite a show in these last few weeks. Mohamed Abu Hamed’s call for a “revolution” to end the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and what he dubbed as the “ikhwanisation of the state” is …

Mohamed El-Bahrawi

Shahira Amin

Keeping the peace

Should Islamist rule in Egypt be cause for growing Israeli concern or is it indeed a new opportunity for peace?

Shahira Amin

Review: Washington, witch hunts and wheat

Possible new directions for Egyptian foreign policy under President Morsy, the spectre of Islamic fascism haunting opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, possible conspiracies in Sinai, dubious claims of a miraculous wheat harvest and privitisation in the United Kingdom; columnists address a range of issues relevant to Egyptians in today’s column review.   Morsy in Beijing …

Daily News Egypt

Reconciliation

You need utopian idealists and pragmatic realists if we hope to make something of this mess we call a country

Mahmoud Salem

Qatar delegates meet in Egypt

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, visited Cairo for the day Saturday to congratulate President Mohamed Morsy on his recent election victory. It was the first time the Emir had visited Egypt since Morsy took office. After they met with Egyptian officials, the Emir and his delegation attended an iftar hosted by …

Basil El-Dabh

Constitution drafting due September

Spokesman for Egypt’s Constitutional Assembly, Wahid Abdel-Maguid, has announced the assembly will conclude the drafting of articles in September and will then have the drafting committee vote on them. He also told Shorouk newspaper that the constitution would then be adopted in the event of a consensus or voted on if contentious issues arise. He …

Basil El-Dabh