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the world media sees Egypt...
Egyptian delegation going to Zurich to present the 2010 World Cup bid
to FIFA is named. It
is headed by Parliamentary speaker Fathi Surour and also includes
actor Omar Sharif, reports the BBC.
One of the members
is quoted as saying that "The file is 3,700 pages long and weighs
34 kilograms,... Fifa officials will find answers to all their
questions in this file. I am sure it will be more than satisfactory
is off limits as the Supreme Council for Archaeology wants foreign
missions to concentrate on the Delta
Hoda Abdel-Nasser launches nasser.org on 33rd
anniversary of her father's death
Ali Gomaa -- the "modern
sheikh" (as described in an interview a few years ago in Nisf
El-Donya magazine) ha been appointed Egypy's new mufti...
Karam Zohdi -- the Sadat assassination mastermind who has made high
profile renunciations of violence -- was released from jail...
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, September 30, 2003 3:00 CAIRO
NDP in the news
The National Democratic Party's (NDP -- Egypt's ruling party) first
annual conference is all over the foreign press.
pre-conference report says people are skeptical about the ruling
party's claims about introducing more democratization to the country,
and that many think the conference is just a way to boost presidential
son Gamal Mubarak's profile.
Studies Center head Abdel-Moneim Said, meanwhile, is quoted as urging
the president to follow through on the economic reform plans begun in
the 90s. "He
said capitalism is bound to create a middle class that also would push
for political reform," AP reports. This is certainly a highly
debatable point, however, since it is unclear whether those with money
would ever consider dropping their "pro-wasta (connections)"
attitude, an attitude that is in many ways the true antithesis of
At the same time,
AFP does a story generalizing that more Egyptians are falling
from middle to lower class because of rising prices and dwindling
incomes. The report says dependence on cheaper Chinese goods has
been the net result of this worrying trend.
AFP also provides
excerpts from Gamal's
speech to the NDP congress.
prediction yet on this matter comes from Refaat al-Said, a
political analyst quoted in the New York Times: "This is a
step-by-step elevation of Gamal to power... I believe Gamal will be
president in one or two years."
And in the
Foreign Minister Maher
waxes poetic about Saddam and Arafat during a meeting with a top
political think tank.
posted by Tarek Atia Sunday, September 28, 2003 14:00 CAIRO
ode to Heikal
Lebanon's Daily Star recounts the high
and low points of esteemed journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal's life,
as he turns 80 and considers retiring
with foreign fathers and Egyptian mothers may now "seek"
Egyptian citizenship. Each case will be examined to see if it
meets the proper conditions, which have not really been spelled out
by the media as of yet. It seems the catalyst for the decision was
lobbying by the National Council of Women.
How to fly
used to survey ancient sites near military area, says this
National Geographic report
In-depth article on beef
imports from Farminglife.com
posted by Tarek Atia Thursday, September 25, 2003 14:00 CAIRO
can be scarier
the conclusion to be drawn from this AP article on censorship
in Egypt picked up by MSNBC.
That's the root of problems like the current
bread shortage, Mubarak says.
A tragic crash kills eight
schoolgirls and seriously injures 12 more.
Arrested in Italy
Investigated for terror ties, the Egyptian fishermen
immigrants say they did nothing wrong.
millionaire wants to be the Amazon of Egypt
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, September 23, 2003 5:00 CAIRO
Of the many articles that have appeared in the last
few days about the Euromoney conference on Arab investment that just
took place in Cairo, the one highlighting Minister Youssef Boutros
Ghali's statements about Egypt
boosting its export production, might be the most interesting.
It appears in Business Day.
Another far flung piece -- in
highlights the minister's criticism of Daimler Chyrsler for not
being supportive about the fact that Egypt
had begun selling its locally assembled Mercedes to China -- since that was
cutting into the parent company's market.
This is interesting
Egypt is making
a concerted effort to attract seniors to spend their winters here,
as this World Leisure News article points out.
A Sports Minister's sound bite -- "You
dive or sail in the morning and watch the World Cup in the afternoon"
-- figures prominently in this BBC piece that basically promotes
Egypt's bid to host the 2010 World Cup
Monakabas dealing drugs
AFP echoes an Akhbar story on the veiled
Assuit bango dealers
Egyptian border patrol allow couple in because they're
related to a soccer star, the British tabloid The Mirror claims
Egyptian diplomat in Yemen gets tangled up in
posted by Tarek Atia Sunday, September 21, 2003 4:00 CAIRO
A day of
US vetoes the Arafat resolution in the UN, and Egyptian Foreign
Maher and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa weigh in with
their reactions in this Washington Post piece.
In a Sharq Al-Awsat
interview picked up by the agencies, Maher
has advice for both sides. He tells the Palestinian resistance
to stop killing innocent women and children, and Israel to stop
consistently breaking international laws.
A strong card
Salama Ahmed Salama's astute
reaction to the Arafat expulsion brouhaha makes the Bahraini
AP does a eulogy for Sadat's peace efforts on Camp
David's 25th anniversary...
former US President Jimmy Carter, one of the architects of that
treaty, says that current US president George W Bush would need at
days of concentration on this issue alone to forge a similar
deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Arab News tries to figure out why
the Israeli diplomatic mission in Cairo is so huge. This
editorial says there's some snooping going on.
posted by Tarek Atia Thursday, September 18, 2003 4:00 CAIRO
Egypt soccer league sponsorship is part of mobile giant Vodafone's
global plan, this article makes clear.
A charming story about a Tennessee college student's recent
visit to Egypt as part of a Model Arab League tour...
AP makes an intriguing comparison between traditional
human guides and the new digital guides at the Egyptian museum in
on the museum's centenary
come and go
Reuters does a superficial
analysis of Camp David 25 years later...
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, September 16, 2003 3:00 CAIRO
Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, waxes poetic about the
"pharaoh's curse". Also called the "mummy's
curse", this was allegedly a way the ancient Egyptians used to
prevent people from digging up tombs. You
dig up the tomb, you die.
Hawass has always
dismissed these curses as myths. This week, he's
gotten massive world press after announcing that the Supreme Council
of Archeology will be conducting tests on tombs to see if the
"pharaoh's curse" really exists...
He still thinks it
doesn't. Now, however, he wants to prove it scientifically, to show
that any accidents that did happen in the past may have been caused by
other factors, like diseases that develop from human mummies...
International superstar Omar Sharif keeps getting quoted in the world
press -- this time about the possibility of winning an Oscar, the Sodom
and Gomorrah he saw in the Hollywood in the 60s, and much more...
That's what President Hosni Mubarak says kicking
out Arafat would be.
AP and CNN do Farafra.
posted by Tarek Atia Saturday, September 13, 2003 19:00 CAIRO
Egyptian immigrant to New Zealand makes headlines for not being able
to find a job for 3
years. He has 500 rejection letters in a folder. So now he's going
to try his luck in Australia...
another sad story about an Egyptian immigrant to the States who may
soon be leaving
his wife and kids behind...
sailors try to slip ashore illegally...
battle takes place in Sinai.
Mubarak visit Israel?
Only if it would help,
he tells an Italian paper.
Mubarak -- in Italy -- says Egypt
doesn't fully trust Arafat, but it would
be wrong to dismiss
him altogether, like the US and
Israel have done.
posted by Tarek Atia Thursday, September 11, 2003 12:00 CAIRO
speak up, Egypt says
''We condemn Israel's actions against civilians. Destroying homes
people with aircraft in streets crowded with civilians is a crime,''
Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said of Saturday's attack on Sheikh
Has Arab League said okay
to Iraqi seat in Cairo?
Reuters reports that "Security guards thwarted an
attempt by two Libyan youths to assault Saudi Foreign Minister
Prince Saud al-Faisal Monday at his hotel in Cairo."
Egyptian people smuggler on
posted by Tarek Atia Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:00 CAIRO
mash and rumors of veil
banning on TV.
posted by Tarek Atia Sunday, September 7, 2003 11:00 CAIRO
A new report, published in last week's Science magazine, deals with 14
major tropical reef systems, including some in the Pacific, Atlantic,
the Red Sea and off Australia.
will not survive without immediate protection from human
exploitation" across wide swaths of ocean.
I guess that's
what they call tourism's double edged sword...
The Washington Times carries a UPI wire report about Egypt's vague new
that I'm not going to jail"
Egyptian international soccer star
gets suspension, community service hours, for roughing up his Danish
Chahine gets thoughtful about his new film,
which -- strangely enough -- deals with both post-911 US as well as
the US Chahine visited and fell in love with in the 1940s
posted by Tarek Atia Friday, September 5, 2003 11:00 CAIRO
Egyptian government says no
to request for security labor in Iraq....
"More important than the government implementing sharia (Islamic
law), people themselves should follow the requirements of sharia in
their everyday lives," Sabir said...
Part of a
thoughtful Reuters look at religion
No holds barred
A Guardian columnist takes aim at the idea of suing
all Jews for stealing ancient Egyptian treasures
A major Boston Globe expose on Egyptian education. This one pulls out
all the stops... education is becoming more religious... grades are
finessed to ensure a high passing rate.. etc.
note is that there are very few field trips in a country rich in antiquities...
The award for bluntest
statement of the year goes to Lila Soueif, a lecturer at Cairo
University, who tells the paper that "The core problem is that
the system is flawed completely, from beginning to end."
Lebanon's Daily Star deals with Thanawiyya amma suicides
posted by Tarek Atia Wednesday, September 3, 2003 1:00 CAIRO
Omar Sharif is in Venice
these days -- receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Venice
Film Festival, and promoting his new film, "Monsieur Ibrahim and
the Flowers of the Quran".
The film opened to
critical acclaim; its subject matter -- a profound
friendship between an older Muslim shopkeeper and a young Jewish
teenager in 1960s Paris -- may raise eyebrows back home.
has his mind on other things. He laments never having been in love in
beautiful city in the world."
antiquities museum for Alex.
in the south.
of evidence against the recent headline grabbing claims of a mummy
being Nefertiti. This Reuters piece picked up by MSNBC presents most
Update: Now the Al-Azhar cleric
who issued the fatwa against the Iraqi Governing Council is going to
according to AFP. (see "Confusing Fatwa", below)
was critical of US in last interview -- a final hour interview in
Al-Ahram is picked up by the majors.
posted by Tarek Atia Monday, September 1, 2003 4:00 CAIRO
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