Tarek Atia's web log
the world media sees Egypt...
A case of
Several recent articles have appeared in different global online
sourcs revealing the role Egypt plays in the development of other
nations in Africa and Asia.
This story in
AllAfrica.com reveals that Egypt is training
policemen in Mozambique in anti-terror techniques
Lanka is pretty excited about the MOU signed with Egypt to pave
way for religious training and educational grants.
successful tourism recovery (after being on travel advisories because
of terrorism) is cited as a model for Kenya now that terror's blight has
Egypt and Sudan to work
together to become regional oil powerhouse?
Tragedy in Abu
sewage fumes kill 6 villagers. Here it says the cause was a bride
dragging furniture against an old floor. Elsewhere it says a housewife
was trying to unclog
Egypt not part of 2004
posted by Tarek Atia Wednesday, July 2, 20:00 CAIRO
Stuck in the middle?
The sum up of the modified
foods --- botched FTA matter, according to the EU Observer
"According to the Financial Times the Egyptian
authorities had been shocked by the way the US presented its case....
One official is quoted as saying "The way it was announced was
like a war with the EU, and we cannot go to war with the EU," he
said. "It is 40 per cent of our trade.""
Darwich in all-Egyptian
Spanish squash final
faceted look at different forms of censorship with an especially
harsh take on Egypt's banning of the Matrix Reloaded.
and Cleopatra... Just two Egyptian
geese loose in Philadelphia...
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, July 1, 5:00 CAIRO
Deviant thought on
Al-Ahram Weekly looks at the controversial court case involving 3 UK
citizens and a banned group called Hezb u Tahrir. The Weekly comments
on the spotlight
that's been put on the case, quoting one of the defendant's
mother: "The prosecution did not think the British authorities
would pay any attention to the case since the defendants are Muslims,
and they are very surprised at what has happened."
press has indeed been covering this one heavily. An example of that
can be found in this
article in a Scottish paper.
Will an Egyptian al-Qaeda
big wig being held in Iran soon be extradited to Egypt? Not
likely, this article says...
Is Egypt's withdrawal from a controversial US biotech foods case
against Europe the key to the sudden downgrade from its quest for a
Free Trade Agreement with America? This Washington Times article
on Palestinian ceasefire plans
Egyptian squash man Karim Darwich playing
well in Spain
posted by Tarek Atia Sunday, June 29, 12:00 CAIRO
An endless quest?
Is Fayed just a little bit closer to seeing
the light on foul play accusations regarding Dodi and Di's death?
A race of
item in Middle East Online provides more information on Egypt's bid
to host he 2010 World Cup. The most surprising tidbit is the one
that reveals how early these things are chosen. In this case, the
winner will be chosen as soon as May 20, 2004. Now that Egypt has
submitted a formal bid, inspectors from FIFA will be touring the
country and evaluating for the next 6 months.
Egyptian pizza store owner killed
in bad neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, USA. El-Said Abid's
philosophy was to deliver pizzas even in bad neighborhoods...
immigrant to the US, Zeinhom Ramadan of New Jersey, may soon be
deported even though he is a law abiding citizen. The reason -- he
was late to register under the immigration service's new law
fake ID seller Atriss back in the news again after media companies
manage to get secret hearings released...
The Paisley Daily Express, a Scottish newspaper, recounts the tale of
a Scotland-native long time Cairene named Doreen who found her
favorite Scottish biscuits by chance in the super market one day.
The rest, as they say, is history...
posted by Tarek Atia Saturday, June 28, 4:00 CAIRO
sugar coat it
US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick pours
reality on Egypt's hope for a US FTA:
"We see glimmers of light [in Egypt] but I'm not going to
sugar-coat it for people. Egypt has some work to do," said Mr
Zoellick. "We know Egypt is the traditional heart of the Arab
world. But this isn't going to be handed to them just because Egypt
is a big and important country."
That's how much Shell
will be investing in Egypt in the next few years
That's what the 30-40,000 Sudanese refugees in Cairo are called by
the Voice of America article, which also features a debate on whether
or not refugees are good for an economy...
Egypt gets good "bye"
for 2006 World Cup
Just a wee
bit of additional information (not much mind you) in this
Cellular News piece about Egypt Telecom's interest in buying shares
in Vodafone Egypt
posted by Tarek Atia Thursday, June 26, 5:00 CAIRO
This AP report makes it seem like Hamas is close to accepting a
ceasefire, partly as a result of Egyptian
A report from the big
belly dance festival that recently took place... Al-Zaieem
covered the lead up
to the fest here.
Egypt buys a lot of tea
at the Mombasa auction...
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, June 24, 13:00 CAIRO
Egypt Telecom plans to try and purchase 16
per cent of Vodafone Egypt off of Vodafone international, reports
Al-Ahram... The going price is estimated at LE50 per share.
This would be the
solution that we have been hearing about for the past few weeks...
considering the fact that the national phone company seems highly
unwilling to actually start its own mobile network, even though that's
what had been planned all along, it already has the license, and the
president said it must....
meeting in Sharm
This time it's the World
Trade Organization, and they're talking about subsidies and
Meanwhile, at the
summit in Jordan, Foreign Minister Maher says Egypt will continue
trying to broker
meetings between Palestinian factions seeking a cease fire. He
says, however, that Egypt's work is made more difficult by Sharon's
intransigence, and his continuing insistence on targeted killings...
Big conference aims to eliminate
The trial of the three Britons accused of reinvigorating the banned
Hizb u-Tahreer movement in Egypt is set to restart
The times are a
Interesting Boston Globe column by a man who has visited Egypt
sporadically over the past few decades and noticed the political
changes that have taken place. Basically, he only quotes a couple of
experts but comes up with a fairly accurate analysis:
that there is no denying the overwhelming role moderate Islam plays in
Egyptian society today. What that role will become in the future
largely depends on how the government reacts to the changes now. Will
it become more extremist? Will it become co-opted? Will an alternative
be provided? These are all questions that will probably be answered in
the next few years...
posted by Tarek Atia Monday, June 23, 15:00 CAIRO
"Bush," reports AFP,
"said he had asked
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak 'to
work with the Palestinian Authority to
consolidate their security forces under
prime minister (Mahmud) Abbas' to
improve their abilities to dismantle
A US arms control official discusses regional
nuclear proliferation with Foreign Minister Maher, but the issue
of Israeli nukes is conveniently skirted around by the US.
start with whatever we can start with"
Saadeddin Ibrahim is optimistic that democratic
reform is impending in Egypt and the Middle East. His views, he
readily admits, may land him back in prison.
Science Monitor, meanwhile, also does a story on democratization and human
rights, using Ibrahim as its focal point. After reading the
article, it remains unclear as to whether the embattled sociologist is
being allowed to reopen the Ibn Khaldum Center. The way he explains
what's going on is as follows: "There is the old guard, left over
from the authoritarian Nasser years... And there are new forces that
are trying to join the world and to liberalize ... society, but that
young wing backs down when there is a confrontation."
The same story
also rounds up other human rights news, like the new laws passed by
parliament promoting human rights, and the banning of two NGOs...
Suzanne Mubarak launches an international women's
peace movement in Switzerland. She says she doesn't want the
organization to be just for first ladies -- that it must also work at the
posted by Tarek Atia Sunday, June 22, 3:00 CAIRO
As this Fox Sports story makes clear, the only way Egypt
might not make the finals is if Madagascar scores at least 18
goals in its upcoming match with Mauritius..
Belal does a super hat trick, scoring four goals in the match
The Egyptian national soccer team crushed Madagascar in an early
Friday evening match in Port Said. The victory practically guarantees
Egypt's entry into the African Cup finals.
posted by Tarek Atia Friday, June 20, 23:00 CAIRO
Friday in Port
Big game for the national soccer team against Madagascar on Friday in
Port Said. Without a win, there's a pretty good chance Egypt won't
make the African Cup. That's a shame, since the Egyptian team is the
tournament's most successful team in history, as this
report makes clear.
Reuters makes a big deal out of one
sentence in a released militant's interview with al-Hayat.
Egyptian animal amongst controversial, potentially disease carrying
pets. Meanwhile, here's a page that's all
about jerboas including pictures
posted by Tarek Atia Thursday, June 19, 20:00 CAIRO
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