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At first glance it seems that Cairo, the 'Protected One', the capital of Sultan Al-Moez, is a city that is inflexible toward progress. It is just enough to know that Greater Cairo (Cairo, Giza and Qalyubiya) has a population of...
I watched the film “Steve Jobs” before a recent trip to the United States. The man’s fame did not stem from just being the founding father of Apple computers, but from his biography as well.   The two-hour film is not the...
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...
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...
If you are from the old generation, you will remember the 1959 film “Some Like It Hot” by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. At that time, the word “some” was used correctly. It was used to mean that “some...
The Investment Minister came out on television and announced the establishment of a Canadian-Egyptian company that would build a monorail between the 6th of October City and Cairo. And when we saw on the screen a hanging train similar to those that...
I have borrowed the title of my article from Anthony Doerr’s novel that was published last year about a blind French girl who lived during World War II. The story takes place from Germany’s invasion of France until the landing of the...
If one keeps talking about something but never implements it, he must ask himself why it is the case. Personally, year after year, if not decade after decade, I have been hearing romantic and sometimes melancholic talk about the development of...
The country is at a turning point. There are those who want to build it. There are those who want to destroy it. There are those who do not know what they want. And there are those who want it to be like it was in the past but do not know exactly...
The three entitlements of the roadmap that was adopted by the various national forces on 3 July 2013 were a new civil constitution to replace the one crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012, a presidential election and a parliamentary election....