Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Culture Ministry official arrested for allegedly founding bogus university http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438273 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/02/484151/410306-118295.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Giza Public Funds prosecutors on Tuesday arrested a general manager at the Ministry of Culture for allegedly founding a bogus university and collecting LE30,000 in tuition fees from each student.</span></p><div>The man rented a villa in Agouza and claimed it was a branch of the British Portsmouth University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investigations revealed that this university is not registered at the Supreme Council of Universities or the Ministry of Higher Education.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The official, who confessed to the charge, is wanted in 45 other cases of fraud.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438273 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/02/484151/410306-118295.jpg Dar al-Ifta: Western media serve terrorism http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438265 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/01/05/484151/image.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The Dar al-Ifta warned that the Western media fuel conflict and portray the crimes of terrorist groups, who falsely claim that they speak in the name of Islam, as if it is a war between the Orient and the Occident.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Such discourse, it says, is in favor of terrorism and extremism and sends a negative messages about the vast majority of Muslims who represent true Islam.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Ibrahim Negm, adviser to the Mufti, called in a press statement on Tuesday on Muslim scholars and preachers to restore the true image of Islam from the dark forces of terrorism and extremism, warning of the spread of the ideas of terrorist organizations that deviate from the teachings and principles of Islam among some Muslim youths who live in the West.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">&ldquo;This made Western governments concentrate on those youths who join the dissidents of al-Qaeda,&rdquo; he said.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">Negm said Dar al-Ifta printed the teachings of Islam in English in five volumes to be distributed among Muslim communities all over the world to guide them and correct extremist ideologies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal;">&ldquo;It will be available on Android and App store systems,&rdquo; he said.</span></p><p><em style="line-height: normal;">Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438265 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/01/05/484151/image.jpg April 6 campaign: Take selfies with garbage and drainage http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438256 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/09/18/4886/3.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>&quot;People&#39;s Porto&quot; is the title of a satirical campaign launched by the April 6 Youth Movement, in an effort to shed light on the problems of citizens in various neighborhoods, such as garbage and sewage. The campaign started on Monday in Bulaq al-Dakrour neighborhood.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>April 6 called on its Facebook page on people to take selfies with garbage, drainage and huts in poor areas and villages as a message to officials.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to April 6, the campaign aims to shed light on the decline in the standard of living in slums and poor areas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sherif al-Ruby, media spokesman for the movement,&nbsp;said that the campaign is not political, but criticizes the mismanagement of localities where corruption is widespread.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It is an attempt to ease the burden placed on citizens,&quot; Ruby added. &quot;The first event held at Bulaq al-Dakrour revealed the amount of negligence and pollution caused by garbage and drainage.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The campaign derives its name from the luxurious resorts of Porto run by Amer Group.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:38:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438256 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/09/18/4886/3.jpg Cabinet requests amending protest law to include tougher penalties http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438250 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/video_thumbnail/" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-video_thumbnail" /><div>The Egyptian Cabinet is asking for amendements to the protest law that would impose tougher penalties for the destruction of power stations and police and army vehicles.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The Cabinet requested from the Ministry of Transitional Justice to modify the law regulating demonstrations and the National Council of Human Rights also submitted proposed amendments,&quot; said Minister of Transitional Justice Amin al-Heneidy in an interview with CBC TV. &quot;We received the suggestions of the bodies concerned with laws that would be amended.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The law regulating protests, issued after toppling president Mohamed Morsy, has raised the objections of political activists.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It requires prior permission from the security authorities, including a declaration of the purpose of the protest and the chants used in it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Many activists who protested against the law have been arrested.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from&nbsp;Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:12:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438250 at http://www.egyptindependent.com