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Ideas to boost productivity among government employees

By Mohammed Nosseir Egypt is widely known for its vast government bureaucracy. Inefficiency, low productivity and over-employment are noticeable characteristics of this bureaucracy that negatively affect the implementation and progress of all government initiatives and projects.  Not only are these drawbacks recognised by economic institutions and citizens; they are also acknowledged by cabinet members themselves. …

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Notes from America: The usual suspects

By Ahmed Tharwat I live in a northern state in the US called Minnesota, which is also considered the “ice box” of the US for its long, brutal winters, where even the lakes and rivers freeze over. The state is a lot smaller than Egypt, with a population of just 5 million people. According to …

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The Brezhnev Option: How to dissolve ‘Islamic State’

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Steve Jobs said that creativity was connecting things. Here are two connections that will help us creatively destroy “Islamic State” (IS). First, an old talk by Bertrand Badie at the American University in Cairo (AUC) on 31 October 2001, entitled “September 11th and the Powerlessness of Power”. Badie actually argued …

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Why does Al-Sisi not sacrifice?

  A year has passed and another year is starting with the same questions in people’s minds since Al-Sisi’s rule in Egypt started. Where is Al-Sisi leading us? What is his plan for the economic recovery of Egypt? When will corruption be abolished? Because I was like the rest, immersed in Al-Sisi’s speeches and dreams, …

Emad El-Sayed

Ignacio Artaza

New data show that years of efforts are paying off in fighting FGM

By Ignacio Artaza I was recently in Aswan to meet with the local government, partner NGOs, and people working together to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), a widespread practice in Egypt that predates both Christianity and Islam and was criminalised by Egyptian law in 2008. What a refreshing experience!  The commitment and dedication I …

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The case against manifest destiny

By Dr Cesar Chelala The disastrous consequences of the recent aggressions against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine, to name just a few, show the urgent need to revive the principle of non-intervention into another state. This principle of international law includes, but is not limited to, the prohibition of the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or …

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A different perspective on German-Egyptian relations

By Franziska Brantner and Omid Nouripour When Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah] Al-Sisi arrives in Berlin today, the German government will have given up an important principle in its dealings with post-revolutionary Egypt: Chancellor Merkel had repeatedly conditioned her invitation to the Egyptian president on the completion of parliamentary elections. She scrapped this condition after the …

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Merkel’s realpolitik and Egypt’s lost revolutions

  By Mohamed Selim  “Germany’s government believes that Egypt ought to maintain the basic values of human rights for all its citizens, engage in a dialogue with all the opposing political factions and respect the religious freedoms of all Egyptians.” Those were the words of Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in her 30 January 2013 presser with …

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The need to reform Islam

By Moha Ennaji With the escalation of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the wake of the deplorable terrorism in Paris, Muslims all over the world reacted almost unanimously to condemn the odious attacks, describing them as opposing the teachings of Islam. The heinous jihadists’ attacks are reminiscent of the history of the Catholic …

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Notes from America: General Al-Sisi brought out the worst of Egyptians

By Ahmed Tharwat French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) said: “In democracy we get the government we deserve.” He was, of course, talking about true representative democracy that produces leaders the people want and choose. The assumption here, however, is that people know what is good for them and they chose freely. The French philosopher was right …

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Egypt’s tourism challenges are internal, not external

  By Mohammed Nosseir ‘Have you been to Egypt?’ is a question I ask most people I meet abroad, after introducing myself as an Egyptian. In response to my question, I usually receive one of two sets of replies: ‘No, I haven’t been there yet, but Egypt is on my dream list of countries that …

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A visit to Egypt before Tahrir

By Amr Khalifa Speaking of tyrants Nael Shama said: “A typical consequence of such a distorted mind set is the equation between personal criticism and disloyalty.” Though that particular article was penned in the summer of 2008, two and half years before the [25 January] revolution, it is such a penetrating deconstruction that will draw …

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A jihadi in the making

We used to work together in the same company during the 25 January Revolution, a genius upper-middle class young man in his mid-twenties and I was his manager. We would run into each other in Tahrir Square chanting the same slogans of “bread, freedom and social justice”, and carrying the same banners demanding change. After …

Rana Allam

Qatar backtracks on engagement with critics

By James M. Dorsey After four years of engagement with its critics in a so-far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region’s tendency to intimidate those who don’t fall into line may be a more effective strategy. In doing so, Qatar …

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Smart Development Goals

By Finn Kydland, Bjorn Lomborg, Tom Schelling and Nancy Stokey By September, the world’s 193 governments will meet in New York and agree on a set of ambitious, global targets for 2030. Over the next 15 years, these targets will direct the $2.5tr to be spent on development assistance, as well as countless trillions in …

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Haber’s messages prior to Al-Sisi’s visit to Germany

By Emad El-Sayed “Al-Sisi’s visit to Germany will not be an easy one.” This was my impression after meeting with a journalist delegation and the German ambassador in Cairo, Hansjörg Haber. Haber sent direct messages to Al-Sisi regarding the questions for clarification that he will face during his visit to Germany next month. The messages the …

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Managing editor Rana Allam

Justice Minister Al-Zind: a perfect representation of the times

“We [judges] are the masters and the rest are the slaves” is indeed the most memorable quote by Egypt’s new Justice Minister Ahmed Al-Zind, head of the Judges’ Club. The rest of this sentence as said by Al-Zind during a phone interview on a TV show was: “Whatever represents an attack on the Judiciary’s prestige, …

Rana Allam

Fighting non-communicable diseases could save 5 million lives

By Dr Bjørn Lomborg In rich countries, the biggest causes of death are strokes, heart attacks and cancer, accounting for more than two-thirds of all deaths. But for the poorer world, people often assume that infectious diseases like diarrhoea, tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, measles and tetanus are the biggest killers. That is no longer true. While …

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Investment and finance ministers should switch positions

By Naguib Sawiris Many people, including traders, believe that the stock market is a place for venture and quick profit, not knowing that its real goal is to present investments for investment funds and individuals, both locally and globally in companies’ capitalthrough this mechanism that allows investments by buying and selling shares on desiring to …

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Central Bank of Egypt leans on currency devaluation

By Oxford Business Group A series of moves by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to devalue the pound and limit dollar activity are expected to help shore up foreign reserves and eliminate black-market currency trading. The controlled devaluation of the currency earlier this year from EGP 7.14 to EGP 7.62 to the dollar has …

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Why Germany should pay war reparations to Greece

By Dr Cesar Chelala In 1960, the then Federal Republic of Germany paid Greece DM115m on account of compensation for Nazi crimes. Greek governments stated that this was only a fraction of what is due on account of loss of life, damaged infrastructure, and the repayment of a forced loan the Nazis extracted on Greece in 1942. Recent statements by leading …

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