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It’s the brightest time of the year for Muslims worldwide, but in Egypt, residents are celebrating Ramadan amidst nationwide government-implemented power cuts. In what energy experts are calling a crisis, exorbitant and unprecedented levels of...
A recent Ministry of Finance report revealed positive GDP indicators for the financial year 2009/10, but critics maintain that these still fail to translate into better livelihoods for Egypt’s poor. Currently, about 40 percent of the nation...
Giza police have detained and are currently investigating 46-year-old bus driver Mahmoud Taha Swellem, who opened fire on a bus full of company employees that he was driving to work this morning. The bus had been carrying 23 employees of Egyptian...
Egypt is a "failed state" according to US magazine Foreign Policy (FP)'s 2010 Failed States Index (FSI), which appeared in the influential magazine’s July/August issue. The index is the result of collaboration between FP and the Fund for Peace, a US...
In one of his acts, Egyptian stand-up comedian George Azmy satirically mocks Egyptian culture and lifestyle. With time, he says, Egyptians' foreheads will gradually feature glued on see-through slots, where they can conveniently slip in their...
Assiut--In the realm of sexual taboos in Egypt, the issue of "intersex individuals"--or those born with "ambiguous genitalia"--is certainly somewhere near the top of the list. While medical professionals take an impartial approach to treatment and...
Afro-Jazz fusion Dutch band A Fula's Call, in town for this weekend's Artbeat Festival, are in some ways, living proof that the world is getting smaller. The band, which formed in 2006, is made up of a melting pot of cultures, effortlessly and '...
A self-described "beach boy" leading a quiet life in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Messawa has found himself at the center of a national debate due to one fact: he's married to an Israeli. Like another estimated 30,000 Egyptian men across the nation,...
Assiut--Residents of Rifa village on the outskirts of Assiut rely on seasonal harvests of crops for their income. The inconsistency of the seasonal harvest has them caught in a permanent state of poverty. Like countless others across Egypt, they...
Akhmim village, Sohag-- Two women, clad in black, and a young girl are kneeling over a pile of burning paper at the entrance of Akhmim village's sole, seven-century-old cemetery. They are partaking in what appears to be a death ritual, blowing wisps...