Egyptian official: Ethiopia dam negotiations in Washington ‘a disaster’

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/16/feature/politics/egyptian-official-ethiopia-dam-negotiations-in-washington-a-disaster/ Three days of negotiations in Washington between the foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan ended on Wednesday without an agreement over the filling schedule for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam...

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Doctor assignments: Will the new system improve government healthcare?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mostafa Mohie Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/08/feature/politics/doctor-assignments-will-the-new-system-improve-government-healthcare/ Every year, thousands of medical school graduates in Egypt are assigned by the Ministry of Health to two years of mandatory service at a primary health care facility, a policy known...

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‘A minister without a ministry’ — confusion over role of newly appointed information minister

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/06/feature/politics/a-minister-without-a-ministry-confusion-over-role-of-newly-appointed-information-minister/ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met with newly appointed Minister of Information Osama Heikal and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbuly to discuss policies and strategies intended to...

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UN rights review roundly criticizes Egypt over prison conditions, civil society violations, discrimination

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/18/news/u/un-rights-review-roundly-criticizes-egypt-over-prison-conditions-civil-society-violations-discrimination/ Despite intensive lobbying to stem criticism of Egypt’s track record on civil liberties and the conditions of civil society, United Nations member states issued 372 recommendations to...

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Gone with the wind: The flotation’s impact on Egyptian exports

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mohamed Ramadan and Sara Seif Eddin Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/14/feature/economy/gone-with-the-wind-the-flotations-impact-on-egyptian-exports/ When asked how Egypt’s currency flotation boosted exports, Mahmoud Sarag, the chairman of the Leather Export Council put it this way: “We import the buttons. We import the zippers. And then we cheer when...

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In wake of government crackdown, Egypt lobbies for support ahead of major UN human rights review

Source: Madamasr Author(s):  Asmahan Soliman and Mostafa Mohie Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/11/feature/politics/in-wake-of-government-crackdown-egypt-lobbies-for-support-ahead-of-major-un-human-rights-review/ Egypt is “fully prepared” to face all the accusations it expects will be brought against it at the Universal Periodic Review session scheduled to be held at the United...

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Biggest wave of arrests since Sisi took office: 1909 people detained

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/26/feature/politics/biggest-wave-of-arrests-since-sisi-took-office-1909-people-detained/ A wide and aggressive sweep by security forces continues, with at least 1,909 people arrested as of early Thursday morning, according to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights. This arrest campaign, which...

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Money and image: Framing Mohamed Ali’s face off against Sisi

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Leila Arman Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/24/feature/politics/money-and-image-framing-mohamed-alis-face-off-against-sisi/ Before September 2, 2019, Mohamed Ali was an aspiring actor and minor celebrity. He looks a bit like actor Asser Yassin, loves horseback riding like Ahmed Elsaka, and is fond of being photographed with his luxury automobiles...

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Shoot, post and share: The viral accusations against Sisi and the military that led to Friday’s protests

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Omar Said and Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/21/feature/politics/shoot-post-and-share-the-viral-accusations-against-sisi-and-the-military-that-led-to-fridays-protests/ Something big — that we do not yet fully understand — is happening in the halls of power. Maybe we know some of it, and will get to know more with time. Perhaps we won’t...

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Egypt’s cement industry disrupted by entry of military as major new market player

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Omaima Ismail   Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/18/feature/economy/egypts-cement-industry-disrupted-by-entry-of-military-as-major-new-market-player/ Egypt’s cement market was disrupted last year with the entry of the Armed Forces as a major new player in the industry.  In August 2018, the Arish Cement Company, which is...

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Sisi refutes contractor’s allegations that state funds were wasted on vanity projects at hastily organized youth conference

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/15/feature/politics/sisi-refutes-contractors-allegations-that-state-funds-were-wasted-on-vanity-projects-at-hastily-organized-youth-conference/ In his first public response to accusations by a former business partner made in a series of viral videos over the past 10 days, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called...

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Civil society leaders fight travel bans as 9-year NGO foreign funding case drags on

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/15/feature/politics/civil-society-leaders-fight-travel-bans-as-9-year-ngo-foreign-funding-case-drags-on/ Thirteen human rights advocates and representatives of multiple Egyptian organizations continue to fight travel bans imposed on them in Case 173/2011, known as the NGO foreign funding case. The case, which...

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