After Mali, a double dilemma

Egypt had a modest start at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, playing to a scoreless draw against Mali on Tuesday at the Stade de Port-Gentil in host country Gabon, reports Inas Mazhar

After Mali, a double dilemma

‘Fruits of development’

Reem Leila reports on President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s interview with the editors-in-chief of national newspapers

‘Fruits of development’

Awaiting an official response

A final court ruling on the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir places the government in a dilemma, writes Mona El-Nahhas

Awaiting an official response

Parliament to discuss Tiran-Sanafir deal

A court ruling puts Egyptian-Saudi relations at risk and a cabinet reshuffle intended to address the country’s economic woes is expected soon, Gamal Essam El-Din reports

Anger and escalation in Arish

Families in northern Sinai’s Arish are accusing the Interior Ministry of killing men already in police custody and presenting them as terrorists, Amira Howeidy reports

Anger and escalation in Arish

Pharmaceuticals prices set to rise

Egyptian consumers are bracing themselves for price increases of up to 50 per cent on medicines, writes Doaa Farid

Pharmaceuticals   prices set to rise

The Trump effect

Days before his official inauguration as US president Donald Trump sends shockwaves through a world that fears the changes he will bring to traditional American politics, writes Khaled Dawoud

The Trump effect

Towards the Astana Conference

Next week’s Russian-Turkish-sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis in the Kazakh capital Astana is sidelining most of the country’s political opposition movements, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Towards the Astana Conference
EGYPT

Lobbying against the Brotherhood

A delegation of Egyptian lawmakers and civil society representatives will be going to Washington this weekend to lobby the new US administration against the Muslim Brotherhood, reports Gamal Essam El-Din

Dispute over protest law continues

Dispute over protest law continues

The battle over the controversial protest law rumbles through the courts and in parliament, writes Mohamed Abdel-Baky

‘Democratic security’

‘Democratic security’

Ahmed Eleiba attends a conference on ways to confront terrorism through culture

Policemen killed in Western Desert

Policemen killed in Western Desert

Eight policemen were killed this week in a terrorist attack on a security checkpoint in the New Valley governorate, reports Ahmed Morsy

Diplomacy in action

Diplomacy in action

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri’s latest round of foreign visits reflects Egypt’s desire to coordinate international efforts to solve regional challenges, writes Doaa El-Bey

Islamic Museum to reopen

The Museum of Islamic Art, damaged by a car bomb in 2014, will soon once again light up the Bab Al-Khalq district of downtown Cairo, reports Nevine El-Aref

ECONOMY

New hopes for tourism

Egypt’s tourism sector may rebound this year, but major challenges still need to be addressed, writes Nesma Nowar

A fresh start for businesses

A fresh start for businesses

Legislation is being passed to introduce more modern bankruptcy procedures in Egypt, reports Safeya Mounir

WORLD Moscow eyes Libya

Moscow eyes Libya

Russia appears to be extending its regional influence to Libya. But the unknown factor remains Washington, writes Kamel Abdallah

Erdogan sees the finish line

Erdogan sees the finish line

The atmosphere in Turkey is souring further as Erdogan’s goal of becoming president-for-life edges within reach, writes Sayed Abdel-Meguid

Iraqi Shia bloc heads for splits

Iraqi Shia bloc heads for splits

The coalition that has held together key Iraqi Shia groups since the fall of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is fraying, writes Salah Nasrawi

Yemen on the brink

Yemen on the brink

After two years of bombing by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition of Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, the country stands on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, writes Haitham Nouri

Lebanon’s president in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s president in Saudi Arabia

Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week signals a desire to restore friendly relations between the two countries, writes Hassan Al-Qishawi

SPORTS Revisiting Africa

Revisiting Africa

Egypt takes on Uganda on Saturday in the second match of its group at the Africa Cup of Nations. From Port-Gentil in Gabon Inas Mazhar reports on whether the Pharaohs can win another championship after missing the last three editions

LIVING Syrian women staying strong

Syrian women staying strong

On International Human Rights Day in December and to mark the 16 Days of Fighting Violence against Women Campaign, Mai Samih listened to the stories of Syrian women in Egypt who had fought violence on their pathway to success

opinion

New foreign policy thinking

Issue-based alliances, rather than blank cheque partnerships, appear a new reality in the region, one Egyptian foreign policymakers should take to heart, writes Eman Ragab

opinion

The French Socialist debate

There were no fierce exchanges and few surprises in the French Socialist Party’s first debate before the primary elections, writes Tewfick Aclimandos

opinion

Trump’s embassy threat

If the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is to be stopped and with it the threat of a new Palestinian Intifada, action will have to be taken very soon, writes Hani Al-Masri

opinion

A fake sense of unity in Iran

Old divisions continue to fester in Iran after the death of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, writes Mahan Abedin

opinion

Seasons in the abyss: January 2011-January 2017

Despite all hardship suffered by Egyptians in the past six years, and still, Egypt will rise again and prosper, continuing its legacy that spans seven millennia, writes Hany Ghoraba

opinion

Forging a future

Increasingly, Western think tanks are voicing that Middle East problems cannot be solved except by local players. By the same measure, local players need to think of regional solutions, writes Abdel-Moneim Said

opinion

Nehad and Soares

Mohamed Salmawy reflects on interconnections that love of the arts can create, sometimes crossing continental divides

opinion

The Azaria trial and Israel

The killing of a wounded Palestinian by Israeli soldier Elor Azaria was representative of Zionist thinking and consistent with the Israeli behaviour across Occupied Palestine, writes Jeremy Salt

opinion

Don’t mess with Jerusalem

Trump should abandon any plans to move the US Embassy in Israel, lest an inferno is ignited that could spread across the region, writes James Zogby

opinion

Netanyahu’s tomorrow

While 70 nations gathered in Paris Sunday in support of renewed negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, Binyamin Netanyahu has other ideas, writes Hussein Haridy

opinion

The balancing act is over

For decades, Israel killed but took care to polish its image. Now, the right wing settlers in power don’t care. All pretense has dropped, writes Ramzy Baroud

culture

Licence to preach

Hani Mustafa finds the latest big production unremarkable

Egyptian art and liberty

A Paris exhibition is drawing renewed attention to Egyptian Surrealism, the Middle Eastern expression of an international movement in the arts, writes David Tresilian

Mama Nona

Gamal Nkrumah Obituary: Karima Mokhtar (1934-2017)

Heritage
Pyramids treasure in Toyama

Pyramids treasure in Toyama

Nevine El-Aref enjoys a trip back to the age of the pyramid builders in the Japanese city of Toyama

Naguib Mahfouz and ancient Egypt

Naguib Mahfouz and ancient Egypt

The Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz often wrote about ancient Egypt throughout his long and distinguished career, writes Hussein Bassir

features

Helping children off the streets

Mai Samih discovers how the Banati Foundation is helping female street children in Egypt

Press review
Digest

Digest

Compiled by Doaa El-Bey