13 Oct 2015
I warn of yet another failure for the Egyptian renaissance, which has not really picked up much since 1805. Today, we have but the modest economic objective of avoiding a recession.
Economists tell us that the economy is in deflation after it began to relatively expand in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, portending what they call a mini recession.
Indications for it are the decline, since...
09 Oct 2015
Of the most enjoyable books I have read in my life was “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” by Thomas Edward Lawrence, the famous Lawrence of Arabia. It was also made into a film starring Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole, and directed by David Lean in 1962.
The spark of the revolution against the Turks in the 1920s began in Syria, financially supported by the princes of Hijaz. The...
07 Oct 2015
It is the military who know best the advantages and disadvantages of the peace with Israel. Therefore, it is a strategic, political and military mistake for the president of the largest Arab country, with his military and intelligence background, to say that peace with Israel should include other Arab countries as well.
Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has triggered anger across...
05 Oct 2015
Many will not like what I am saying today. They will probably call me an infidel because I question the fundamentals of religion that were laid by imams and scholars hundreds of years ago.
I have been thinking about the Hajj since I worked at King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah 20 years ago. At that time, an accident occurred at the Al-Ma’aisim Tunnel in Mina, which took the lives...
03 Oct 2015
What is happening in Ameriya? You will not find the answer in any newspaper. You will only find stories on social networking sites.
But the more important question is why do newspapers ignore incidents of sectarian strife? This is not the first time, and it will not be the last time, for us to know about such incidents from Facebook and Twitter, rather than from the newspapers.
02 Oct 2015
It has been exactly five years since Greece joined the European Support Mechanism with the close cooperation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At that time, key and critical financial data were the following: GDP amounted to US$222.151 billion at the end of 2010, public debt was 148.3 percent of GDP, unemployment stood at 12.5 percent and the percentage of Greeks who were living...
29 Sep 2015
British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has claimed that the tomb of the famous Egyptian queen Nefertiti lies behind the walls of King Tutankhamun's tomb, which has peaked the interest of the whole world.
Although I believe that there are no hidden tombs behind the walls of Tutankhamun's tomb, and although I have refuted this scientifically unsupported claim in Egyptian and foreign...
29 Sep 2015
My friend Mahmoud Abdallah, the former head of Misr Insurance Holding Company, took me from his home in Princeton, New Jersey to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to watch the final rehearsal of "Turandot".
And because my friend takes opera seriously, he explained the story of Turandot to me on the way to the opera house and had me listen to beautiful arias that...
28 Sep 2015
Ramez, the Governor of the Central Bank, has failed to provide foreign currency, although he knows very well that everyone is suffering from its shortage. Why did he not bring in Moroccan and Nigerian magicians who are known for generating dollars out of thin air?
Ramez does not want to admit that the Egyptian pound is not a taboo whose exchange rate we should not change. His...
27 Sep 2015
I have received many comments on my article about the Faculty of Medicine breeding terrorism, including a letter from Dawoud Rophail Khashaba in which he said the following:
I believe Khaled Montasser has diagnosed the matter well when he said this faculty breeds terrorism and when he attributed it to flaws in our educational system, for I am convinced that the fundamentalist thought has...