Iranian ambition vs Arab division

Inter-Arab disputes fan Tehran’s determination to play a leading role in regional security arrangements, writes Ahmed Eleiba

Iranian ambition vs Arab division

Foiled crisis management

There is no obvious light at the end of the tunnel for Egyptian-Gulf relations, writes Dina Ezzat

Foiled crisis management

Getting ready for President Trump

The visit by Egypt’s foreign minister to the US was to review with American officials Cairo’s stand on several domestic and international issues as a new administration is about to take over in Washington, reports Doaa El-Bey

Getting ready for President Trump

New media laws

A draft law creating three new media regulatory bodies wins parliamentary approval, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

New media laws

NGO law approved by parliament

Parliament approves a new NGO law amid criticism from local and international human rights organisations. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

NGO law approved by parliament

Organ trafficking bust

Authorities arrest members of the largest illegal organ trafficking network in Egypt’s history, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky

More expensive imports

The government has raised customs tariffs on a range of imported goods, writes Safeya Mounir

More expensive imports

Camp of tears near Mosul

Nermeen Al-Mufti reports from the Khazir Internally Displaced Persons Camp, east of Mosul in northern Iraq

Camp of tears near Mosul

Civil disobedience succeeds in Khartoum

The end of November saw a massive wave of de facto strikes in Sudan. While the situation didn’t escalate to revolution, the possibility cannot be ruled out, writes Haitham Nouri

Civil disobedience succeeds in Khartoum

Demographic change in Syria

The Syrian regime aided by Russia and Iran is attempting systematic demographic change in opposition areas of the country, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

EGYPT Medusa 2016

Medusa 2016

Ahmed Eleiba reports on Egyptian-Greek military manoeuvres

Judges given final say on protests

The Supreme Constitutional Court rules that the Interior Ministry cannot ban peaceful protests but must seek a judicial order, writes Mona El-Nahhas

Second pardons planned

Second pardons planned

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi is to pardon a second batch of prisoners within the next few days, reports Ahmed Morsy

Code of honour

Code of honour

A new law is being drafted to combat violence against women, reports Reem Leila

An injection of vitriol

An injection of vitriol

The temporary release of the secretary-general of the Doctors Syndicate does not mean the case is closed, reports Reem Leila

ECONOMY Chickening out  on tariffs

Chickening out on tariffs

Customs on imported poultry will not be lifted, according to a government decision this week, reports Doaa Farid

Pound stabilising on  the expense of  stagflation

Pound stabilising on the expense of stagflation

Omar Al-Shenety worries about the economic and social ramifications of stagflation in the wake of the recent IMF loan agreement and the floatation of the pound

REGION

Balancing Iraq’s budget

Even with millions more petrodollars, Iraq’s budget will continue to labour under huge deficits and ethno-sectarian divisions, writes Salah Nasrawi

Stunted development and mini-skirts

In Africa, culture wars rage on the length of hemlines. But behind the scenes, conservatism has often been used to divert attention from government failure

The  Jammeh metamorphosis

The Jammeh metamorphosis

Gambians have toppled president Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jammeh in a democratically sanctioned presidential poll, writes Gamal Nkrumah

Historic rapprochement on oil

Historic rapprochement on oil

Iran and Saudi Arabia have reached a historic agreement to stabilise the international oil market, writes Camelia Entekhabifard

Meeting the development agenda

Meeting the development agenda

Experts meeting at the Amwaj Forum in Jordan this week focused on the need for new water and energy policies in the region, writes Mahmoud Bakr in Amman

Mixed news from  Libya

Mixed news from Libya

While Libyan government forces have seized control of the coastal city of Sirte, they seem unable to control the rival militias bringing chaos to the capital Tripoli, writes Kamel Abdallah

SPORTS Give and take

Give and take

Egyptwonthe WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship after defeating defending champions England inthe final in Paris to recapturethe title they lost in 2014. Abeer Anwar reports

LIVING Come and play!

Come and play!

Mai Samih learns more about an Egyptian initiative that is inviting children in Egypt and beyond to spread the joy of playing with toys

opinion

The real story of 9/11

In the first of a series of articles, Wagih Makky explains the real story of the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington

opinion

The battle for religious reform

President Al-Sisi should propose parliament annuls the blasphemy law, or else his call for religious reform will come to naught, writes Hany Ghoraba

opinion

Is Muslim Brotherhood rule really over?

The constitution explicitly guarantees freedom of literary and artistic creativity. But some MPs appear blissfully unaware of the fact, writes Mohamed Salmawy

opinion

Youth and human development

This year’s Arab Human Development Report focuses on youth. But as important as the youth are, including them in the political scene is not a catch-all cure for an alleged Arab malaise, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

Hollande and the perfect storm

French President François Hollande has announced that he will not be seeking re-election, writes Tewfick Aclimandos

opinion

Changing of the guard

Many factors explain the current chill in Egyptian-Saudi relations, not least the generational struggle that is unfolding in Saudi ruling circles, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

A dumb and dangerous bill

The passage in the US Senate of a bill equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism upturns reality for those struggling to give an honest voice to Palestinians and their narrative, writes James Zogby  

opinion

No tears for Myanmar’s Muslims

Myanmar under Suu Kyi has been no different for the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority. It’s time to up the pressure, writes Aijaz Zaka Syed

culture

A graceful comeback

Nora Koloyan-Keuhnelian danced the night away Armenian style

‪ Abla’s silk screening ‬

‪Gamal Nkrumah comes upon Mohamed Abla’s Shangri La‬

The ant and the city

Ati Metwaly glimpses the face of faceless art

Listening with your eyes

Rania Khallaf enjoys the fresh young vision of an old soul

Heritage
A historic agreement

A historic agreement

The United States and Egypt signed a historic agreement this week aimed at thwarting the trafficking of antiquities, with artefacts being recovered from the US, Switzerland and the UAE, writes Nevine El-Aref

features

Egyptians in outer space

Mai Samih listens to the plans of an adventurer who wants as many Egyptian students as possible to share his experiences

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey