Sarah Carr

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Sarah Carr is a British-Egyptian journalist in Cairo. She blogs at www.inanities.org.

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Supreme Court postpones legal aid NGO hearing

CAIRO: The Supreme Court postponed on Sunday the consideration of an appeal filed by the Association for Human Rights Legal Aid (AHRLA) against the decision to close down the NGO. The hearing was adjourned until Dec. 30. Cairo governor Abdel Azim Wazir issued a decree ordering AHRLA’s closure on Sept. 4. The organization, which monitors …

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Mother blames prison negligence for son's death

CAIRO: The mother of a man who died in Wadi El-Natroun Prison is pressing charges against the prison authorities, accusing them of medical negligence. Tamer El-Shazly Mahdy Mohamed, 22, was four years into a 10-year prison sentence in the Wadi El-Natroun Prison No. 440 when, his mother alleges, he fell ill this year. Hamida Abdel …

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Protesting lawyers call for gov't crackdown on police torture

CAIRO: Members of the Lawyers’ Syndicate Freedoms Committee organized a protest outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday against what it regards as the public prosecutor s failure to hold policemen accused of torture and other human rights violations accountable for their actions. Over 30 lawyers and human rights activists stood on the court’s steps bearing …

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Memorial lecture honors Naguib Mahfouz, Amina Zaydan wins literary medal

CAIRO: “Naguib Mahfouz recorded the history of Egypt in his novels – he was the conscience of this nation, said writer Mohamed Salmawy during the Naguib Mahfouz Memorial Lecture delivered Tuesday at the American University in Cairo. The Nobel Laureate’s often turbulent relationship with Egyptian critics and religious figures formed the subject of Salmawy’s speech, …

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Torture on the rise, says Nadime Center report

CAIRO: El Nadim Center for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence launched its third report on torture in Egypt amid sharp exchanges between members of the center and a journalist from the weekly Al-Osbou. The 261-page report, “Torture in Egypt: A State Policy details cases of torture and state-organized violence documented by El …

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Muslim Americans speak out in the 'Hijabi Monologues'

CAIRO: One of the defining features of modern times is a mania for public confession: from Bill Clinton’s televised broadcast in 1998 telling the world what it already knew about his shenanigans with Monica, to Oprah & co. – whose sofas seem to contain truth serum injected into the posteriors of remorseful, weeping celebrities. This …

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'Obelisque' introduces different angle to Egypt

Obelisque, a monthly English-language magazine presenting design, culture and travel in Egypt launches this month. Produced by interior designer Lamia Hassanein and three partners, the magazine uses high-quality photography to showcase Egyptian musicians, designers and destinations. Hassanein explained to Daily News Egypt her motivations for creating Obelisque: “After 25 years of experience I have a …

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Railway technicians strike ends, 4 of 10 demands met

CAIRO: Protesting railway safety technicians ended their strike Friday after a meeting between the director of the central administration of the Department of Safety, the board of directors of the Egyptian Railway Union and members of State Security. The meeting concluded with four of the workers’ 10 demands being accepted. The remaining six demands will …

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Eissa trial adjourned until Jan. 2

CAIRO: The trial of Al-Dostour editor Ibrahim Eissa was adjourned Wednesday until Jan. 2, 2008. Eissa is accused of publishing articles in August questioning the health of President Hosni Mubarak which, the prosecution claims, damaged the Egyptian economy by compromising foreign investor confidence. During the previous hearing, held on Nov. 15, defense witnesses had unanimously …

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Characters in 'Full Scope' mirror Russia's post-Soviet identity crisis

It’s not everyday you see a President Putin look-alike frolicking in a ripped vest – but then the Cairo Film Festival does open windows onto all sorts of worlds. Valery Pendrakovsky’s film “Full Scope, a competitor for this year’s Golden Pyramid, is set in Crimea and describes the events which ensue when Koshya (the Putin …

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Railway workers threaten to go on hunger strike, demand rights

CAIRO: Nearly 200 railway safety technicians are threatening to start a hunger strike to express their growing dissatisfaction with wages and working conditions. They began a protest Wednesday in Cairo’s Ramsis Railway Station, the hub of the city’s railway network, assembling in the central ticket hall and carrying banners that read “Safety technicians refuse to …

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'Noises' brings backstage onstage

The British fondness for comic schadenfreude is captured perfectly in Michael Frayn’s farce “Noises Off, directed by Leila Saad and running at AUC’s Falaki Theater until Dec.8. The play, written in 1982, brings backstage onstage through its central conceit of the play within a play. The cast of 11, members of a mediocre acting company, …

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University professors demand better wages, threaten to go on strike

CAIRO: University teachers are threatening to launch strike action in January 2008 if the Ministry of Education does not agree to negotiate with them over a bundle of grievances. At their annual conference held last Friday, members of the Teaching Staff of Egyptian Universities Club – a group which represents teaching staff’s interests in the …

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Time for chaos

Set for release just weeks after a landmark Egyptian court verdict sentenced two police officers to three-year prison terms for torture, Youssef Chahine’s comeback film “Heya Fawda (Is it Chaos?) demonstrates a strange prescience. Jointly directed by Khaled Youssef (“The Storm, “Enta Omry, “Khiyana Mashro’a ) and starring “The Yacoubian Building’s Khaled Saleh, the film …

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Defense team speaks out in third hearing as Eissa's trial continues

CAIRO: The third hearing of Al-Dostour Editor Ibrahim Eissa’s trial continued Wednesday in the New Cairo State Security Court with the testimonies of defense witnesses. Eissa was once again absent from the session. Proceedings began with an argument between the defense team and court staff when two defense lawyers were briefly prevented by court security …

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Wust El Balad frontman unleashes "The Unseen Beatles"

We’re not here to show you how we sing the Beatles, we’re here because of the Beatles, said Hany Adel on Wednesday evening at the first of a series of film and music nights he is hosting at Zamalek’s Sawy Culture Wheel. The Wust El Balad frontman selected four music-themed films which he will introduce …

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