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Egypt buries Palm Sunday martyrs, declares mourning and emergency

The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a statement regarding the twosuicide bombings that took place on 9 April during Palm Sunday Mass atthe church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Tanta, and outside St Mark’scathedral in Alexandria after Mass concluded. Pope…


Coptic woman stripped and beaten: Case dismissed

      Copts and liberal Egyptians were in for a disappointment on Saturday 14 January when Minya prosecution dismissed the case of the stripping and beating of the 70-year-old woman Suad Thabet from the village of al-Karm in Minya, 250km south of…


Supporter, sceptic, critic … or indifferent

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sponsors and participates in the first national youth conference in Sharm al-Sheikh.                                              The idyllic spot of Sharm al-Sheikh on the Red Sea coast on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula made the headlines more than a…


Towards global strategy for job creation

Egypt is a country where the labour force, the 15 – 64 years-old bracket, makes some 62.8 per cent of the population in 2016, and is steadily expanding. Hence, the rising demand for more jobs. In the recent National Conference…


150 years on Egypt’s parliament

 Last Sunday saw President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and previous president Adly Mansour join Speaker of the Parliament Aly Abdel-Aal in a celebration in Sharm al-Sheikh that marked 150 years on the beginning of parliamentary life in Egypt. Participating were Speakers of…


Sisi sets the tone for national work  

    Problems on hold         The outcome of President Sisi’s recent meeting with the editors-in-chief of the three State-owned dailies: ++al-Ahram++, ++al-Akhbar++ and ++al-Gumhouriya++ was a candid, comprehensive interview of special importance since it delved into all affairs related to the Egyptian State…


“Minya Independent Islamic Republic”

Problems on hold                     I have never been hasty in writing down my opinion; quite the contrary, I have always been used to take my time to study situations and meticulously contemplate them before forming an opinion or venturing on an assessment…


Problems on hold Still losing the Nile Silt

     A week ago Egypt marked two years into the presidency of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. This called for a review of the President’s achievements during the first half of his four-year term. The list left the majority of Egyptians gratified and proud…


Pumping fresh blood into Egypt’s economy

 President inaugurates expansion at MOPCO, Dumyat No question, Egypt is in dire need of new projects to pull it out of the economic doldrums in which it has been swamped since the 2011 Arab Spring.President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s recent opening of a…


Social media as a minefield

EDITORIAL     Problems on hold     I have repeatedly resisted the urge to challenge public opinion forming elements in Egypt, be they a wide wilful swath of the media or a by and large unruly social media. Both these sectors have been thriving on…

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