Controversy escalates over islands

The cabinet’s decision to refer the controversial Egyptian-Saudi Red Sea border demarcation agreement to parliament has split MPs into two camps, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Controversy escalates over islands

Media rules

Three organisations will be created within a month to oversee all media outlets in Egypt. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

A time to mourn

The families of the victims of EgyptAir flight MS804 that crashed into the Mediterranean last year have now received the remains of their loved ones, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky

A time to mourn

Heightened alert

Copts defy terror to celebrate Christmas, writes Michael Adel

Heightened alert

Battling corruption

Bribery has grabbed public attention in recent months, reports Ahmed Morsy

Chronic dollar pains

The depreciation of the Egyptian pound has been weighing on morale as well as business, reports Niveen Wahish

Chronic dollar pains

Peace still out of reach

Libya continues to roil in political and military conflict ahead of fresh attempts to rescue the Skhirat Libyan Political Accord, writes Kamel Abdallah

Three bleak anniversaries

Only non-violent resistance by the Palestinians to their prolonged ordeal and transnational civil society activism can exert positive change on the status quo in Palestine, writes Richard Falk

Three bleak anniversaries

Expectations for 2017

This year is gearing up to be defining not only in the Middle East region, but in the EU, the US and around the world, writes Manal Lotfi

Expectations for 2017
EGYPT Al-Sisi in Port Said

Al-Sisi in Port Said

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi made a visit to Port Said last week to inaugurate various mega-projects, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky

Messages to the profession

Messages to the profession

Mai Samih listens to messages from senior journalists to members of the younger generation at the 2016 Press Syndicate Awards

Clash of  authorities

Clash of authorities

A government decree referring the Egyptian-Saudi Arabian maritime border agreement to parliament threatens a constitutional crisis, writes Mona El-Nahhas

Arab youth and climate change

Arab youth and climate change

The African-Arab Youth Forum held in Luxor in December called for the establishment of a national authority to confront climate change, reports Mahmoud Bakr

ECONOMY Proving ground for the strategic CFO

Proving ground for the strategic CFO

For company chief financial officers who favour a quiet life, the economic uncertainty and political changes that defined 2016 have more than disrupted the peace, writes Laurent Dechaux

Towards liberalisation?

Are the recent price hikes of pharmaceuticals the start of the liberalisation of the industry, asks Safeya Mounir

WORLD The truce in Syria

The truce in Syria

The Russian-Turkish peace agreement on Syria has raised hopes of a lasting solution to the Syrian crisis, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Shadows of Islamic State

Militant attacks in the Gulf have thus far been rare, but the rollback of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and economic and social issues point to an uncertain future, writes Mona Alami

Fake news on Yemen

Misleading statements by British ministers have been providing cover for the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen, writes Peter Oborne

Erdogan’s  policies backfire

Erdogan’s policies backfire

The New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Istanbul appears unlikely to be the last as Turkey’s woes continue under Erdogan, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid

Trump courts the Kremlin

Last week’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the US by the Obama administration and President-elect Donald Trump’s reaction to it has opened up quite a Pandora’s Box, writes Gamal Nkrumah

The Switzerland of the Middle East?

Could Lebanon become a haven of peace in the Middle East despite the conflicts raging on around it, asks Hassan Al-Qishawi in Beirut

In the fog of Mosul’s war

In the fog of Mosul’s war

Prediction by the US top general in Iraq that liberating Mosul from IS will take two years has raised questions on who is in charge of the war, writes Salah Nasrawi

Will the DRC avoid war?

An agreement between the regime and opposition is in the offing. But could it hold, asks Haitham Nouri

Palestine 2017: Bid farewell to Washington, embrace the world

The recent UN Security Council resolution admonishing Israel’s settlement activities is proof that absent US/Israeli intimidation, the world supports the Palestinian cause, writes Ramzy Baroud

Saving Israel?

Saving Israel?

US President-elect Donald Trump will be serving neither US nor Israeli interests should he continue to support Israeli colonisation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, writes Emad Awwad

SPORTS The Pharaohs prepare

The Pharaohs prepare

The Pharaohs of Egypt take on Tunisia on Sunday in their one and only international friendly before flying to Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations, reports Inas Mazhar

LIVING New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s resolutions

Gamal Nkrumah interviews life-style consultant Sandra Shama Kaur on improving personal prospects for 2017


Waging total war on terrorism

Egypt has been too diplomatic and politically correct in its responses to purposive antagonising by foreign powers. This weak approach must end, writes Hany Ghoraba


Aleppo and the new world order

The Syrian conflict marks the decline of the United States as the world’s only superpower, writes Shahir Shahidsaless


Brothers in faith

Not only tolerance but pluralism is at the heart of Islam and the teachings of Prophet Mohamed, though many appear to have forgotten this fact,
writes Aijaz Zaka Syed


The Judeo-Christian view of Islam

In the third in a series of articles, Wagih Makky examines historical representations of Islam in the West


The Arab UNESCO candidate

In Lebanon’s Ghassan Salama, the Arabs have a solid candidate to head UNESCO, if only they would pool their influence and avoid repeating past mistakes, writes Hassan Nafaa


France and the Muslim Brotherhood

This year may see France and other Western governments lose what remains of their sympathies for political Islamist groups, writes Mohamed Salmawy


Embracing the Kerry initiative

While it appears traditional for outgoing US officials to tell the real truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arabs should not ignore the latest example, but rather act on it, writes Abdel-Moneim Said


Abul-Gheit and the state of the world

Change and adaptation are, according to the Arab League’s secretary-general, key characteristics and imperatives of the current world order, writes
Al-Sayed Amin Shalaby


The decent American

John Kerry’s farewell speech as US secretary of state, on Middle East peace, sent shockwaves around the world. But most interesting was Cairo’s muted response, writes Hussein Haridy


Painting a message of hope

The atmosphere at the Ninth Luxor International Painting Symposium was one of joyful interaction and hope in the cause of art, writes Nevine El-Aref

Hush hush, girls

Rania Khallaf finds out all about the peaceful life


Christians in the Middle East

Christmas celebrations in 2016 were particularly poignant for the Christians of the Middle East and emblematic of a new phase of Christian life in the region, writes Gamal Nkrumah

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Compiled by Doaa El-Bey