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Journalists’ Syndicate elections: déjà vu

   Problems on hold    Egypt’s journalists have elected Abdel-Mohsen Salama as head of their syndicate, and six new members to the syndicate board. This round of elections was among the fiercest and most critical the syndicate has seen. Members vociferously called for…

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Setting the market back on track

    Problems on hold     No one can tamper with market laws, least of all the time-honoured law of supply and demand. This law is the measure that truly reflects market conditions with no falsification, exaggeration, or understatement. Opinions which attribute the current…

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Interior Minister: “We never asked the Copts to leave”

 Problems on hold  Watani is closely following up on the predicament of al-Arish Copts who last month had to flee their hometown from the face of Islamist terrorism, and took refuge in various places over Egypt. The Suez Canal town of…

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Problems on hold No divorce in Christianity

   Egyptians have been recently embroiled in controversy over divorce in Islam, triggered by a suggestion by President Sisi that verbal divorce would be invalidated and replaced by official divorce before courts of law. But al-Azhar, the topmost authority on Sunni Islam,…

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Social media: source of news?

  Problems on hold   At a time when readership of newspapers in Egypt has declined to the point of the common saying: “no one reads papers any more”, social media and TV talk shows have become prime sources of news and opinion.…

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On unlicensed churches: To whom it may concern

    Problems on hold    Last August the House of Representatives passed the Law for Building and Restoring Churches. The law regulates, as its name suggests, the process of licensing the building of new churches and restoring and fortifying already existing ones. Articles…

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25 January 2011 impacts Watani

   Problems on hold   It is now six years on the 25 January 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Egypt. We recall this date as one that brought in positive and negative impacts and changed the face of Egypt. We remember the outburst…

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Constitution and law secure: Coptic woman’s fair share of inheritance

       Problems on hold  I begin the 2017 series of ‘Problems on hold’ with an issue I have repeatedly broached and vowed ever to stanchly defend. By this I mean the issue of equal inheritance shares for men and women. I call…

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Christmas with the flavour of martyrdom

           Today, we embark on a new year in our lives. We carry with us the vestiges of a departed year that brimmed with achievements, failures, disappointments and challenges. Egypt takes firm steps on the path of reform and development, but…

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Reading in new media and press law

Problems on hold                         Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved the law on the Institutional Regulation of the Press and the Media, previously touted as the unified law to regulate the press and media. On 31 January 2016, I reviewed…

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