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INTERVIEW-Egypt tourism could fully recover by end 2015 - minister
Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval and street protests, could fully recover by the end of 2015 if current levels of stability persist, the tourism minister said. But Hisham Zaazou also expressed concern that tourism would take another hit if Islamic State militants, who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria, showed any signs of infiltrating Egypt, the biggest Arab country.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Egypt's GDP growth reaches 3.5 pct in Q4 of 2013/14 fiscal year -fin min
Egypt's gross domestic product grew 3.5 percent in the fourth quarter of the 2013/14 fiscal year, signalling that the economy was finally recovering from recent turmoil, the official Mena news agency quoted Finance Minister Hani Dimian as saying. Political turmoil since the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak has hurt Egypt's economy and hit investor confidence.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Rand Paul: Targeting Secular Dictators Created ISIS
In response to President Obama's foreign policy speech Wednesday night, Sen. Rand Paul said that the United States should approach toppling Middle East dictators more cautiously in the future, warning that radical Islam typically rose up to replace it. "While I do support doing whatever it takes to take out ISIS, we need to remember why we got here," he told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Egypt tourist numbers to rise 5-10 pct in 2014 -minister
Egypt's tourists should increase by 5 to 10 percent this year as security improves after the election of ex-army chief Fattah al-Sisi as president, the tourism minister said on Thursday. Tourists are starting to return after more than three years of turmoil drove them away, Hisham Zazou, minister of tourism, told Reuters by telephone.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
The Daily Star
Glimpse of Egypt stability enough for some to resume deals
CAIRO: From small business to billionaires, a vanguard of Egypt's entrepreneurs is now starting to bet that the economy has finally turned a corner. Sameh al-Meligy, whose interests range from importing home appliances to a stake in two Cairo restaurants, is thinking of opening another, after three years of violent unrest hurt demand.
9/11: Unanswered Questions
We learned our military could take over a country in weeks, but we could not teach democracy and tolerance to people with no idea of what the words mean. We learned one of these countries, Iraq, may have been better off under Saddam Hussein, the mass murderer, than what we have today - a shaky state that is ripe to fall to ISIS.
The Times of Israel
Ex-Egyptian minister: We warned US ahead of 9/11
Former Egyptian interior minister Habib Al-Adly, speaking about the 9/11 attacks, during his trial in Cairo in August 2014. In the weeks ahead of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Egypt warned the Bush administration repeatedly about an imminent large-scale terror attack to be carried out by al-Qaeda operatives on US soil, but the message was ignored, a former high-ranking Egyptian government official said.
The Baltimore Sun
Dozens join hunger strike for release of Egypt political prisoners
Dozens of Egyptians have begun a hunger strike to demand the release of activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 uprising, and others they say are being unfairly detained in an effort to crush new-found freedoms. An Egyptian court sentenced 33-year-old Abdel Fattah, a leading figure in the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak , to 15 years in jail in June for violating a law that seeks to curtail protests .
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Egypt president makes plea for patience during power outages
In a nationally televised speech on Saturday, Egypt 's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi asked the public to be patient and grasp the extent of the challenges facing the country following a massive power outage that struck the capital and other cities. The hours-long power outage on Thursday, which halted the Cairo subway and knocked TV stations off the air, was a huge embarrassment for the government, and officials struggled to offer a coherent explanation to an angry public.
Egyptian developer Palm Hills borrows 2.4 bln pounds
Palm Hills, Egypt's second-largest listed real estate developer, said on Tuesday it had agreed to borrow 2.4 billion Egyptian pounds , mostly to finance existing projects. It said in a statement the loan agreement had been signed with nine banks and the debt would be repaid over a period of six-and-a-half years.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Egypt to hold donor conference in February
Egypt will hold a conference in February to attract investment in an economy battered by years of political turmoil, the minister of planning said on Monday. The Egyptian Economic Summit, to take place in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, hopes to attract foreign companies, donors and international organizations, Ashraf al-Arabi said.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
Moving from protest to power
Now that the National Guard and the national media have left, Ferguson, Missouri is faced with questions about how to heal the sharp power inequities that the tragic death of Michael Brown has made so visible. How can the majority black protestors translate their protests into political power in a town that currently has a virtually all-white power structure? Recent experiences demonstrate that moving from protest to power is no easy task.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Egypt Charges Ex-President Morsi With Leaking Secrets To Qatar
Egypt charged ousted president Mohamed Mursi and nine others on Saturday with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Relations between Qatar, a Gulf Arab state, and Egypt have been icy since July 2013, when Egypt's then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Mursi after protests against his rule.
Egypt president asks for patience over power cuts
In this image made from video broadcast on Egypt's State Television, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in a nationally televised program in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
Egypt's banning of ultras constitutes effort to outlaw legitimate opposition
An expected decision by Egyptian soccer authorities to ban as terrorist organizations groups of militant soccer fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent threats to their grip on power. By leaving youth with ever fewer, if any, options for venting pent-up anger and frustration, it risks pushing them towards violent, militant Islamist groups.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Global Voices Online
A Former Parliament Member Says His Plan Will Heal Egypt's...
See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone. Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where protesters installed a camp and held daily rallies at Nasr City in Cairo, on 20 July, 2013.
The path to jihad and the Islamic State
A burning desire to topple Arab dictators leads a young student from upscale Cairo to fight with Islamic State, now he dreams to bring jihad home to Egypt. Islamic State fighters gesture as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014..
Egypt: New Investment Law Worries Workers, Activists
At the Trade Syndicate building in downtown Cairo, dozens of workers met with lawyers last May to plan their challenge to a new investment law that restricts contract oversight. Many were angry about questionable business deals between the state and investors, which had left thousands of ordinary workers without jobs.
Thu Sep 04, 2014
Power outage hits Egypt subway, TV stations
Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation. The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi , a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak .
Power outage hits Egypt subway, TV stations
Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation. The blackout comes barely three months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former army chief, was elected president on promises to restore order after three years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled long-ruling autocrat Hosni Mubarak.