Gaza: all options open

Dina Ezzat on the diplomatic scramble to avert yet more Palestinian casualties

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Gaza: all options open

Hand in hand

The Egyptian initiative came to crown two weeks of consultation and pave the way toward a ceasefire, reports Doaa El-Bey

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Hand in hand

Parliamentary woes

The House of Representatives’ elections will be held in a legislative environment that parties say is hostile to a multi-party system. Gamal Essam El-Din reports

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Parliamentary woes

No exit from Gaza: a new war crime?

Again, Israel’s attacks on Gaza highlight what should be a new war crime in international criminal law: the denial of the possibility of exit from a war zone, writes Richard Falk

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No exit from Gaza: a new war crime?

Beyond Kurdistan’s independence

The Kurds’ endeavours for a national home may be reaching culmination, but the future remains uncertain, writes Salah Nasrawi

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Beyond Kurdistan’s independence
EGYPT Missile and mortar fire in Sinai

Missile and mortar fire in Sinai

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims responsibility for three missiles fired at Al-Arish. Ahmed Morsy reports

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Swinging allegations

Swinging allegations

Ahmed Morsy reports on allegations of rape in prisons and denials from the Interior Ministry

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Changing tack

Changing tack

Reem Leila reports on the National Council for Women’s strategy to combat sexual violence

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ECONOMY Correcting distortions

Correcting distortions

Lifting energy subsidies could be a corrective to many distortions, including on investment, writes Niveen Wahish

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WORLD They  leave  no trace

They leave no trace

The problems Israel has faced in targeting the sources of rocket fire in Gaza looks likely to head off a ground invasion, writes Ahmed Al-Sayed from Gaza

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Choosing sides

Choosing sides

Alawite support for the Al-Assad regime in Syria may be putting the entire community at risk, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

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Warnings of war

Warnings of war

Western ambassadors warned the warring parties in Yemen this week of the possible consequences of continued conflict in the country, writes Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa

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SPORTS Sweet victory

Sweet victory

While the German team held its World Cup trophy in Brazil, Germans all over the world cheered for the team and celebrated the victory. Inas Mazhar joined the German community at the German Embassy in Cairo

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LIVING Abayas en vogue

Abayas en vogue

Many women are mixing comfort with elegance in their Ramadan attire, reports Rasha Sadek

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opinion

Winning the war on terrorism

Egypt needs security and development. To reach the former, the country needs a new and elite body — as exists in other countries — specifically tasked with eliminating terrorism, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

The fifth wave

Egypt has faced five cycles of terrorism since the emergence of political Islam as a national force, the last still ongoing though surmountable, writes Ammar Ali Hassan

opinion

Will Iraq be divided?

Some US politicians long suggested that Iraq would be best partitioned. Unless Islamic scholars can engage in dialogue, this scenario may be inevitable, writes Ahmed Naguib Roushdi

opinion

Netanyahu cannot possibly win

Israel’s Gaza assault is not only an attempt to break the Palestinian unity government; it’s also an attempt to divert attention from the growing collective unity among all Palestinians, writes Ramzy Baroud

opinion

Permanent siege, permanent war

Gaza faces its third large-scale Israeli assault since 2008, with no prospects for peace, perhaps for years ahead, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

Aware media

Egypt needs a media that gives facts and analysis, not one that plays on emotions and turns the people against the government when difficult decisions are made, writes Mohamed Salmawy

opinion

The challenges of Egyptian foreign policy

Continuity in Egyptian foreign policy under President Al-Sisi is likely, and will be reassuring, but there remains work to do to put Egypt on the correct path to restoring its regional stature, writes
Al-Sayed Amin Shalaby

culture

Secrets and Highs

Or the Beatification of the False Wali. Fifteen episodes into what might be the season’s most interesting television series, Youssef Rakha thinks about Sufism and suspense

Good cop, bad cop

Hani Mustafa on the ubiquitous presence of the police officer in Ramadan TV

Prison break

Kudos to the women of Ramadan TV, says Soha Hesham

Drum and vibe

Ati Metwaly visits the latest hub of independent music

Myths of Cleopatra

A French exhibition is revisiting the story of the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, writes David Tresilian in Paris

Heritage
Which Macarius?

Which Macarius?

A painting of Saint Macarius has been uncovered at the Deir Al-Surian Monastery in Wadi Al-Natroun, reports Sherif Sonbol

features

The calamity of Qoursaya

Sewage water is continuing to flood the Qoursaya Island in the middle of the Nile, writes Mai Samih