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Stop whining and do something about it

I don’t have a voting card. I need to confess that up front. I am, however, getting one. I’m very much a product of my generation and social strata. We tend to be well-educated, well-meaning, and largely apathetic. We have opinions and ideas. We have no shortages of those. We just don’t do anything about …

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U.S. government ignores election violence

CAIRO: A U.S.-based human rights organization criticized the United States government for its claims that the Egyptian government was dedicated to having free and fair elections, and accuses it of ignoring reports of violence on polling days. Human Rights Watch sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Dec. 2, in response …

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Picket fences

CAIRO: In an effort to combat the acute shortages of economy housing units, the government has launched a number of initiatives aimed at dealing with the situation. President Hosni Mubarak, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Mohamed Ibrahim Suleiman and the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) have proposed a six year plan for 2005-2011 …

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Gearing up for the run-off

CAIRO: While the Muslim Brotherhood, which has enjoyed unprecedented success during Egypt’s parliamentary elections, gained no seats outright in the Dec. 1 vote, some 30 of their 49 candidates running in the third stage will take part in the run-offs. The Brotherhood candidates, who are running as independents given that their organization is currently outlawed, …

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Lebanese delights

As you can probably guess from the name, Fayruz is a Lebanese restaurant, and it is also the pride and joy of the InterContinental Hotel CityStars. The architecture is defined by its arches and high ceilings. Fayruz is a spacious dining area with a stage for oriental live music and belly dancing which starts as …

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Paradise Now

CAIRO: The joy of the Cairo film festival, on the cusp of its 30th anniversary and still an all-round model of mediocrity, is that it invariably houses the rare gem. The enervating and specious opening ceremony saw Omar El Sherif, still slick as an unrepentant lothario, accepting verbal adoration from host Safa’a Abu El So’oud …

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The opiate of the masses

CAIRO: As parents of a young child, we are faced everyday with new and troubling decisions. This morning’s crise de jour: How much television should she watch? It’s a difficult moral problem, one that leads to many sleepless nights, especially when Al-Qahira Al-Youm goes off the air. When that happens, once the talking heads are …

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Recognizing challenges key to success

CAIRO:Tom Walter has a tough job doing business in Egypt.He is chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Egypt, the local subsidiary of one of the leading global marketers of fuels and lubricants. In this country, the market remains over-regulated, heavily distorted by state subsidies and sees only modest growth. But this environment makes his advice …

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Throughout 2012, Egypt’s Social Fund for Development (SFD) signed a number of contracts with foreign countries totalling $418m. (Photo: Courtesy of Facebook Fan Page)

Microfinance goes commercial

Microfinance, the provision of loans and other financial services involving minute transaction amounts and mainly poor clientele, is making inroads into commercial banking.

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Rachid in Washington for trade consultations

Foreign Trade and Industry Minister, Rachid Mohamed Rachid, is visiting Washington with a large government delegation for consultations on trade negotiations. Rachid met yesterday with U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman to discuss a possible free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. This followed Rachid’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on Wednesday. …

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