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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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A meeting with the Pope

 It’s not every day that you meet the Pope. We marked our calendar for Monday 6 March 2017 for that special event. A Watani group headed then to the papal headquarters at St Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassiya to meet Pope…

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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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Rewriting the landlord-tenant relation

    Problems on hold    Last week I broached the topic of Egypt’s rental law which has been in force since the 1960s when it was issued among a bunch of ‘revolutionary’ [socialist] decisions. The law left us with a bitter economic and…

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Law to tackle old-time rents: Justice long overdue

EDITORIAL       Problems on hold  The new bill to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants of ‘old buildings’—all buildings built before the 1960s, and those built after the 1960s but which are governed by the 1960s rental law—is expected to rock the…

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