The pursuit of growth

The government knows where it wants the Egyptian economy to be. But how is it to get there, asks Niveen Wahish

The pursuit of growth

Hunger strikes extend beyond prison walls

The number of people outside prison refusing food in solidarity with hunger-striking detainees is growing, and with it the pressure on the authorities to release those held. Amira Howeidy reports

Hunger strikes extend beyond prison walls

Al-Muizz restored

By Nevine El-Aref

Al-Muizz restored

Readying for battle

The elimination of the Islamic State and company topped the agenda of the Arab League ministerial meeting this week, Dina Ezzat reports

Readying for battle

The anti-Islamic State coalition

Regional and international powers are exploring the possibility of an anti-Islamic State coalition, but there are still many obstacles on the road, writes Mohamed Al-Said Idris

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The anti-Islamic State coalition

New initiatives, lasting rifts

A number of regional and international proposals have been tabled to resolve Libya’s deep national crisis, though the warring sides in the fractious political landscape still have no plans to meet, writes Kamel Abdallah

New initiatives, lasting rifts
EGYPT Moves to contain water fears

Moves to contain water fears

Confidence-building measures are key to resolving the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam, writes Doaa El-Bey

Gathering of the wise

Gathering of the wise

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi appoints an advisory council. Reem Leila reports

Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Amany Maged asks what strategy religious institutions should adopt in confronting extremist groups

ECONOMY Selling like hotcakes

Selling like hotcakes

Banks across the country saw unusually large crowds this week, with some keeping their doors open until midnight to meet the demand for Suez Canal investment certificates, Sherine Abdel-Razek reports

WORLD Obama’s Iraq problem

Obama’s Iraq problem

Behind US President Barack Obama’s plan to battle the Islamic State lies a history of flawed and shallow US policy in Iraq, writes Salah Nasrawi

Melee in Mogadishu

Melee in Mogadishu

Al-Shabab’s killing of African Union peacekeepers in revenge for the assassination of its leader in a US drone strike indicates that no end is in sight in Somalia’s vicious cycle, writes Gamal Nkrumah

More than semantics

More than semantics

Syria’s Kurds are complaining about the notional Arab character of Syria, but their actions could open another can of worms, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Palestine’s blighted economy

Palestine’s blighted economy

A recent UNCTAD report details the pitiful state of the Palestinian economy, with millions dependent on UN aid, writes Haytham Nouri

SPORTS Fledgling flair

Fledgling flair

In an exclusive interview Egypt’s squash champion Habiba Mohamed told Ghada Abdel-Kader about winning the WSF

LIVING Life in a smart new minibus

Life in a smart new minibus

New minibus lines are opening in Cairo, among them one between Nasr Street and Saraya Al-Qobba. Abeya El-Bakry took a ride

opinion

Abbas’ spurious charges

The campaign launched by Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement against Hamas amounts to a betrayal not only of Palestinian public opinion, but Palestinian national interests, writes Nicola Nasser

opinion

Defining degrade and destroy

Washington is gaining support for its broad coalition to take on the Islamic State threat, but how the mission will be carried out, and what would constitute success, remains up in the air, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

Victory and defeat

Palestinian attitudes on the outcome of the recent Gaza war are typical of Arab irrationality: declare victory not for the goals achieved, but the goals the enemy didn’t achieve and that you define, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

Icy Moscow

It is the West — not Putin — that is interfering in the Ukraine, Mohamed Salmawy hears on a trip to Russia

opinion

In defence of Christians

Defending minorities in the post-Arab Spring Middle East is of vital and urgent importance, but should not be a vehicle for Islamophobia, writes James Zogby

opinion

What the Palestinians ‘need to understand’

Despite assertions to the contrary, Israel was not built according to enlightenment or universal values. This fact lies at the heart of its present problems, writes Jeremy Salt

opinion

Netanyahu faces new Gaza reality

Israel’s failed war on Gaza has shifted the political ground on both sides of the conflict, bolstering Hamas, which Israel set out to destroy, and discrediting Israeli propaganda, which no one now believes, writes Ramzy Baroud

culture

Two landmarks

Samir Farid reports from Venice

The art wars

Theatre director Nasser Abdel-Moneim, recently appointed head of the Cultural Production Department at the Ministry of Culture, tells Soha Hesham about the challenges he is facing

A midsummer night’s groove

Ati Metwaly was impressed by Alexandria’s Summer Festival

Untold stories

Rania Khallaf questions the concept behind an otherwise engaging exhibition

Heritage
Pyramid restoration restarts

Pyramid restoration restarts

Work on Djoser’s Step Pyramid in Saqqara is continuing despite a contracting controversy, writes Nevine El-Aref

features

Looking for light

Energy choices will need to be rethought and facilities upgraded before the country sees an end to the present electricity crisis, writes Dina Ezzat