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Pity Sawiris

At a time when many Egyptian workers are protesting against the chief executives of companies demanding better rights, employees at Orascom Construction Industries demonstrated an unusual display of loyalty against accusations from the government that the company owes EGP 14bn ($2.1bn) in back taxes relating to the 2007 sale of its cement arm to France’s Lafarge. Hundreds of …

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Rioting ultras and striking police officers may ease security reform

By James M. Dorsey The fallout of last year’s death of more than 70 football fans in a politically-loaded stadium riot has brought the need for reform of Egypt’s Mubarak-era law enforcement and judiciary to a head with football supporters in Egyptian cities protesting the verdicts of those accused of inciting the incident, and security …

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Review: Authority and opposition appear top priority in columns

After announcing the timing of the parliamentary elections on April 27, Egyptian columnists debate the upcoming political marathon and condemn both the authority and the opposition in dealing with the crisis.   Farewell to a hopeful consensus Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper As President Mohamed Morsi issued his decree to hold parliamentary elections on April …

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Amidst the chaos, a really bad NGO law is about to be enacted

 By Robert Becker In a year that has been dominated so far by gruesome images of police brutality, horrific gang rape, curfew-busting protests, controversial court decisions, and ineffectual leadership by all Egyptian political forces, it is easy to understand how this 31 January headline caught no one’s attention: Final draft of NGO law sent to Cabinet …

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