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Notes from America: Muslim men and their beards

By Ahmed Tharwat “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” ― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Facial hair in Islam is complicated, and the politics of wearing a beard brings lots of heated debate and political wrangling. Besides the religious and Shari’a …

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Broadband: A hidden treasure that could make every Egyptian $3,140 richer

By Bjørn Lomborg Where should the global community focus its attention over the next fifteen years? Health, nutrition and education may seem like obvious top priorities but, more surprisingly, there is also a strong case for broadband access to be considered. Tripling mobile internet access from 21% to 60% in developing countries over the next …

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Gulf alliances: Regional states hedge their bets

By James M. Dorsey The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces from gaining power, symbolises the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than replace the regional US security umbrella. Qatar, this month, signed a military …

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Yemen: Decisive storm or divisive storm?

By Waleed R. Derhem Ten days into the beginning of “Decisive Storm”, and we are still divided on who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Led by Saudi Arabia, the coalition forces continue to strike the military facilities and the strategic locations under the control of the Houthis, and will continue to …

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Better in Egypt: Starbucks talks about race campaign

By Ahmed Tharwat Howard Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, a coffee company that as he describes it, “is a third place away from home and work where Americans can come and enjoy drinking a good cup of coffee sitting down”. Before Starbucks, Americans usually drank coffee on the run and everyone drank the same …

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The most deadly environmental issue

  By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Air quality has improved dramatically in rich countries over the past century. Around 1880, when the air was worst in London, it is estimated that 9,000 people died each year from air pollution, about one of every seven deaths. Today, London air is cleaner than it has been since medieval times. …

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In India, women fighting for justice

By Dr Cesar Chelala In Bundelkhand, one of the poorest areas of the Uttar Pradesh region in Northern India, a 48-year-old woman is breaking stereotypes, and giving woman a chance to fight for their rights, and even for their survival. This is no small feat in a country plagued by discrimination against women and by inequality. …

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Can the Arab League answer critical questions?

At first, the notion of Arabism appeared to liberate the Levant from the Ottoman Empire. However, after the 1952 revolution, [Gamal] Abdel Nasser re-defined the Arab nationalism to fight traditional colonialism following its retreat after the two great powers (UK and France) fell back as a result of World War II. The national ideologies presented …

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Anita Nirody, UNDP Resident Representative

My visit to the Family Court in Abshway

By Anita Nirody, UNDP Resident Representative This week, I visited Abshway district in the Fayoum Governorate for the launch of the Legal Aid Office in the Abshway Family court. My visit was within the context of a project that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Egypt is implementing with the Ministry of Justice. UNDP …

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Ahmed M El-Wahsh

The New Capital: The Good, Bad and Cairo

By Ahmed El-Wahsh Over the past few days, the Egyptian government has unveiled to the world and surprisingly enough, its own Egyptian nationals, that there shall be a change of its capital state. It will be moving from Cairo to a patch of uninhabited land 50km to the East of the Fifth Settlement. According to …

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Football riots reflect long-standing discontent in Iran’s predominantly Arab Khuzestan

By James M. Dorsey Long-simmering discontent in Ahwaz, the football-crazy, predominantly ethnic Arab capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein unsuccessfully tried to exploit when he launched the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, exploded on the pitch earlier this month during an Asian championship League qualifier between the city’s state-owned Foolad FC and …

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Solar electricity: Contributing to grid stability

By Ahmed S. Nada, First Solar Governments, utility companies and private enterprises around the world have rapidly been embracing the potential to tap into our most abundant energy resource – the sun – and for good reason: the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface every six minutes is sufficient to produce more electricity …

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Notes from America: The man with big ideas

By Ahmed Tharwat Thomas Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, winner of three Pulitzer prizes, writer of several bestselling books, is a man known for his big ideas. Friedman never ceases to amaze us with a new ‘big idea’ every now and then, from the bizarre to the ridiculous. For example, Friedman created the …

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Attempts to ban Egyptian militant football fan group gather momentum

By James M. Dorsey An Egyptian prosecutor has set the stage for the banning of a group of hard-core, militant football fans by charging them with accepting money and explosives from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to stage last month’s Cairo football riot in which 22 people were killed. The Prosecutor General, Hisham Barakat, said the …

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Doctors are targets in brutal Syrian war

By Dr Cesar Chelala After four years of hostilities, the Syrian war doesn’t show any signs of abating, and the needs for all kind of assistance grow more urgent every day. The situation is even more complex as medical and paramedical personnel have become targets of repression by the government. As a result, thousands of …

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International sports associations caught between dollar signs and human rights ideals

By James M. Dorsey A just published study highlights how commerce and glitz are reinforcing support for autocracy by international sports associations, and undermining the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) newly found resolve to hold potential host cities to human rights standards to which world football body FIFA pays. The study by Andrew Zimbalist, Circus Maximus: The Economic …

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Good nutrition makes healthy children and productive adults

By Bjørn Lomborg The world faces many problems, and feeding a growing population adequately is certainly one of them. The good news is that we are well on track to halving the proportion of people suffering chronic hunger between 1990 and 2015. The bad news is that still leaves over 800 million people who go …

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Semanur Karaman

Egypt’s worst fear: The UN

By Semanur Karaman The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a rather unique and quite technical process of the UN Human Rights Council, where each member-state’s human rights record is reviewed every four years. It is an important mechanism, as all member states go through this examination without discrimination. Civil society is provided an opportunity to …

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Notes from America: Sex, lies and videotape?

By Ahmed Tharwat On 18 February 2015, the White House hosted the summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The purpose of the summit according to a statement issued by the White House was, “to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalising, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in …

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Meeting Egypt’s impressive women

By Caroline Alcock, British Consul General in Alexandria International Women’s Day on 8 March is a good opportunity to reflect on the inspirational women I have met during my 18 months in Alexandria, and the important role they play in this in this wonderful city. I have been privileged throughout my time in Alexandria to …

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Empowering women benefits all, from the individual to the nation

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg Even if we believe we have come a long way regarding gender equality, the fact is that up to today, women tend to hold lower-paying jobs, are under-represented in politics and the upper levels of business, and bear the brunt of domestic violence. In parts of the developing world, women have …

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The global impact of neglected tropical diseases

By Dr Cesar Chelala Every year, a group of 17 diseases makes life “miserable” for more than 1 billion people, reports the World Health Organization (WHO.) The group of diseases is called Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and it includes tropical infections that affect predominantly low-income populations in developing regions in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The …

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