Society

Jewish activist: ‘My religion is not a threat to you’

16 Jul 2014
We meet a lot of people in life—some may leave an impact, others may go unnoticed. The influence could be positive or negative. However, we will never stop observing those who are remarkable enough to change reality for the better....
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Laughter yoga: a natural anti-depressant alternative

06 Mar 2014
In a quiet, cozy studio in Zamalek, ten people from all different walks of life gathered together for a common purpose: bringing more joy to their life.   Though they were all seated together cross-legged in a big circle, it was easy...
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Not yet resolved

17 Feb 2014
Hamlet in the famous shakespearean play “Hamlet” said to himself “To be,or not to be: that’s the question” and this is still one of the noblest unresolved statements that’s ever been stated.   No...
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While atheism in Egypt rises, backlash ensues

Hundreds of Christians and Muslims attending a celebration in Dobara Church in Garden City neighborhood, Cairo, 4 January 2013. A choir recited hymns during the ceremony.
30 Sep 2013
In a religious country such as Egypt, despite atheism being a taboo highly frowned upon, atheists say their numbers are on the rise. But with any new movement taking hold, a cultural backlash is bound to ensue.   In an attempt to...
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Education Ministry closes New Valley school with just one student

One student in New Valley school
26 Sep 2013
Education officials in the New Valley decided to close a school that had only one student and 12 teachers to avoid squandering public money. Besides the teaching staff, the school has employees and janitors all of whom served one student...
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Helwan University pushes school year back one week

18 Sep 2013
The start of the school year at Helwan University has been postponed for one week due to lingering security concerns in Egypt, according to the university's deputy head, Samir al-Demerdash.     Demerdash told privately-owned...
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Education minister: 10,000 new schools needed

Education Minister Mahmoud Aboul Nasr
 
09 Sep 2013
Egypt's education system is in need of 10,000 new schools, according to Education Minister Mahmoud Aboul Nasr, in order to make room for around 18.5 million students.   The project, which aims to bring Egypt's total number of...
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Cairo Islamist camp angers residents

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsy, sit in tents erected in the shadow of residential buildings outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on July 18, 2013
21 Jul 2013
As thousands of Islamists massed for a third week at Cairo's Rabea al-Adaweya Square, residents were beginning to lose patience with ousted President Mohamed Morsy's supporters camped on their doorsteps. In the neighbourhood of...
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Egypt loses Ramadan joy after political unrest

Colorful lights and decorations in streets during Ramadan, 4 August 2012.
15 Jul 2013
Ramadan is a time of festive celebrations, when rows of fanous lanterns light up the streets and a feeling of togetherness and tolerance takes over. But this year, the holy month is being marred by a deep-running political rift along with...
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Ramadan Fanous, an old tradition that never dies

A collection of traditional Ramadan lanterns
09 Jul 2013
Everything is falling into place. The flashing, shimmering, colours of authentic lanterns light up the night, numerous strands of paper lanterns crisscross narrow streets, and a feeling of joy makes its presence felt despite the scenes of...
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