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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

Debate over IMF loan persists

By Islam Serour Fears of negative consequences attached to the IMF loan is fuelling debate among Egypt’s business and economic community. Some worry the loan could worsen national debt if the Egyptian pound were to be devalued, while others debate whether the government should focus more on the country’s domestic fiscal position rather than relying …

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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

Is it really not the time to settle scores?

Properly wielding his legislative mandate for the first time since he has taken office, President Mohamed Morsy divulged his powers and outlawed the temporary detention of Islam Afify, one of his harshest critics. Several media professionals, activists and even ordinary citizens eulogized the positive stride taken by Morsy. For many, the new president is probably …

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 …

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Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs, Mohamed Mahsoub

Minister Mahsoub proposes new ‘Equal opportunities’ law

Interviewed By Wafaa Abdel Bary What is your mission during your first year in office, and what is your plan to improve the Ministry’s performance? My first year’s mission encompasses restructuring the Ministry, laying down the legislative plan and general guidelines, and pushing through several urgent legislations. In addition, the Ministry is working on a …

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Review: ‘Offending the President’ should not be an offence

After President Morsy’s decision to release chief editor of Al-Dostour newspaper Islam Afify from temporary detention, almost all opinion writers have criticised the President for not using his so-called powers to abolish all laws relating to ‘offending the President of the republic.’ Despite praising the move to release the editor, many writers have questioned why …

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Housing Authority completes the development of 153 villages in Upper Egypt

By Mohamed Darwish The Central Authority for Housing (CAH) concluded the development of 153 villages at the beginning of the month, costing EGP 2.5 billion. The development rate in 373 villages reached 45%, costing EGP 3.5 billion in the Sohag, Assuit, Qena, Luxor and Menya governorates. General Mahmoud El-Maghawry, Director of the CAH, said that …

Daily News Egypt

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 …

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